Guest researcher Amarens Matthiesen recently completed her PhD in Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria, British Columbia in Canada. Amarens’ research has focused on a range of (psycho)social factors influencing the wellbeing of children, youth, and families. Her doctoral research explored children’s rights to participation in health care decision-making in the context of children’s hospitals in the Netherlands. Other research project involvements have focused on the provision of health- and community-based services for children with autism, as well as children with disabilities and/or medical complexities in Canada. As a certified Child Life Specialist (pediatric psychosocial health care provider), Amarens has experience working with children, youth and families in various health- and community-based contexts. Through a practice-based approach to research, she is interested in critical sociological and nursing-based scholarship to contextualize pediatric health care practices and discourses on childhood, including children’s rights.
Research Centre at the University of Bergen. We study government’s use of power towards its citizens, and justifications thereof. Focus on children's rights and child protection.