I defended my PhD in gender studies in May 2020, entitled Att hjälpa andra: gåvans, rättvisans och medkänslans aporier i frivilligarbete [Helping Others: the aporias of gift-giving, justice and compassion in voluntary work]. The study concerns social work and social activism in Swedish civil society, and investigates questions relating to 'altruistic' practice and activism. It looks into the meaning of doing something for the sake of others, as a both moral, social and political phenomenon. The starting point of the study are interviews with activists and volunteers working for begging EU-citizens in Sweden, from which I problematise difficulties and possibilities involved in practical aid work, using theoretical perspectices from feminist ethics.
My current research concerns the young women empowerment centres/young women's shelters (tjejjourer) in Sweden, and their support and advocacy work for young women's health and against violence among youth.