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Ann-Louise Silfver

I am a senior lecturer in Education. My main research  and teaching interests are global knowledge relations and  processes of gendered socialisation in families and work life.

Educational qualifications: Distinguished university teacher


Works at

Associate professor at Department of Education
Hus Y, Beteendevetarhuset Umeå universitet, Mediagränd 14, Beteendevetarhuset, 901 87 Umeå
Affiliated as associate professor at Faculty Office of Social Sciences
Förvaltningshuset, plan 3, Universitetstorget 16 Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå

I am a senior lecturer in education and I have been employed at Umeå University since the year 2000. In 2002 I was admitted to the National School for Gender Studies as a doctoral student and in 2007 I defended my thesis When the first-world-north goes local: Gender and education in post-revolution Laos.

Leadership positions
2017- Vice dean at the Faculty of Social Sciences responsible for undergraduate education
2015-2017 Director of studies for undergraduate level at Department of Education
2009-2015 Director of studies for the Graduate School of Gender Studies at the Umeå Center for Gender Studies.

Teaching experiences
I am appointed as a distingused university teacher and have extensive experience in teaching and supervision at undergraduate and graduate levels. My expertise lie primarily in the areas of gender and intersectionality in relation to organisation and leadership, adult learning and everyday family life.

Research interests
I conduct research on, among other things, global knowledge relations with a particular focus on the development aid sector. I am also interested in fostering and socialization processes, currently in relation to families in that use domestic services. Despite changing subjects of study (knowledge relations/fostering and socialization processes), my interest  is directed towards how power operates and shapes people's lives. Central analytical tools are drawn from the fields of gender studies and discourse analysis.

I actively participate in one of the Department of Education's research groups, Gender and educational processes in society (GePS). For more information about the work in GePS: https://www.umu.se/en/research/groups/gender-and-pedagogical-processes-in-society/

Umeå Center for Gender Studies also forms anning/geps/ important context with its local, national and international networks within the field of gender studies. For more information about UCGS: https://www.umu.se/en/umea-centre-for-gender-studies/

Families, Relationships and Societies
Silfver, Ann-Louise; Widding, Ulrika
The European Journal of Women's Studies, Sage Publications 2021, Vol. 28, (2) : 287-290
Silfver, Ann-Louise; Widding, Ulrika
Postcolonial Directions in Education, University of Malta, Faculty of Education 2018, Vol. 7, (1) : 37-61
Silfver, Ann-Louise
Asia Pacific Journal of Education, Vol. 37, (1) : 103-115
Berge, Britt-Marie; Chounlamany, Kongsy; Khounphilaphanh, Bounchanch; et al.
Higher Education Research and Development, Routledge 2016, Vol. 35, (3) : 575-588
Silfver, Ann-Louise; Berge, Britt-Marie
Action Researcher in Education, (5) : 1-15
Keophouthong, Bounyasone; Dahlström, Lars; Keosada, Ngouay; et al.
'It is difficult to work without it': Action research at work in countering hegemonic education policies, Didsbury: Manchester Metropolitan University 2011 : 47-51
Silfver, Ann-Louise
Changing the Future Educating about Gender
Silfver, Ann-Louise; Berge, Britt-Marie; Magnusson, Eva; et al.
CARN Bulletin, 13A
Bäcktorp, Ann-Louise
Akademiska avhandlingar vid Pedagogiska institutionen, Umeå universitet, 83
Bäcktorp, Ann-Louise