Lena Andersson

Senior Lecturer

Department of Social
Visiting address
Sprängkullsgatan 23
41123 Göteborg
Room number
Postal address
Box 720
40530 Göteborg

About Lena Andersson

Associate professor in Social Work, PhD in Social Medicine, MSW senior lecturer. Defended her thesis 2006 at the department of Social Medicine, Sahlgrenska Academy, Gothenburg University; "Regional differences in disability pensions and sickness absence with psychiatric diagnoses in Sweden and Norway 1980-2000. The influence of demography and access to psychiatric health care". My research areas concern global health, access and barrier to care, migration, undocumented migrants, mental health, social development and the right to health.

Medlem i: The Centre on Global Migration (CGM), University of Gothenburg.

Research project:

  • Towards sustainable social development: Strengthening social work education, research, and practice in Rwanda (Sida).
  • Health and ill-health of undocumented migrants in Sweden (Research Council).
  • Barriers to health care and the right to health for persons with mental illness in South Africa: How can access and the right to health be improved? (Sida)

I lead the research group Global social development, mental health and human rights in a life course perspective", an interdisciplinary research group with a focus on issues related to health, social development goals (SDGs) and human rights in Sweden and the Global South.

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Teaches on the International Master’s in Social Work and Human Rights, Master of Global Health and on the Sociology program. Has taught at foreign universities, School of Public Health, School of Social Welfare, University at Albany, USA. Department of Nursing, Nelson Mandela University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Hanoi Medical University, Hanoi, Vietnam. Faculty of Health Promotion, Rajarata University, Sri Lanka. Department of Nursing, Aga Kahn University Pakistan. Review assignments for, among others, Int. Social Work, Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, British Journal of Psychiatry, Transcultural Psychiatry.

I have a profile on Research Gate and LinkedIn.