Childhood in time and space

What does it mean to be a child or youth, here and there, now and then? In what way do children's / young people's lifestyles and the conditions in an increasingly globalized and digitalized world differ from previous generations?

Child and Youth Studies

Our research within the field of Child and Youth Studies is interdisciplinary and focus on children’s and youth’s agency and living conditions. Here are geographical dimensions important – to live in rural areas is very different from living in an urban setting. We study children’s and youth’s daily lives and identity-work within social contexts as family, school, leisure, internet and housing and how these interact with categories as gender, ethnicity and social class. From a childhood geographical perspective is the importance of place emphasized in children’s and youth’s daily interaction and mobility. How young children as well as teenager use and orient themselves in digital media is also one of our research areas. We also study what changes over the years and what appears to be recurrent patterns among different generations of children and youth. In what ways do children’s and youth’s living conditions in a globalized and digitalized world differs from earlier generations?

Research at Child and Youth Studies at the Department of Education are conducted within educational and social scientific perspectives where we build upon theoretical and methodological traditions in ethnography, statistics and historical perspectives. We also cooperate with the research group CLIP (Studies in Childhood, Learning and Identity as Interactional Practices) led by Professor Ann-Carita Evaldsson.

Research groups we cooperate with

Uppsala Studies of History and Education (SHED)


Childhood in Time and Space
Contact person: Katarina Gustafson

Children and housing 
Contact person: Danielle Ekman Ladru