Staffan Höjer

Professor Emeritus

Department of Social
Visiting address
Sprängkullsgatan 25
41123 Göteborg
Postal address
Box 720
40530 Göteborg

About Staffan Höjer

Competences/Research area Staffan Höjer’s PhD from year 2000 was titled “Knowledge, academication and professionalisation in social work” [Kunskapsbildning, akademisering och professionalisering i socialt arbete]. Since then he has continued with research evolving around knowledge-, organisation- and profession topics.

Current reserach project

Completed reserach project

  • 2001-2001 Privatisation in the service of professionalisation [Privatisering I professionaliseringens tjänst] (Funded by CEFOS)
  • 2003-2005 Profession-motivated privatisation [Professionsdriven privatisering] (Funded by FAS)
  • 2006-2007 Supervision for practitioners within social services and disabilities [Handledning inom individ och familjeomsorg och handikappomsorg] (Funded by FoU in West of Sweden)
  • 2006-2009 Care for sale – conditions, actors and buy-processes on the child welfare market (Funded by FAS)
  • 2011-2013 Laymen governance of professions – a study of local political governance of child welfare (funded by FAS)
  • IDEA: Improving Decisions through Empowerment and Advocacy: Building Children's Rights Capacity in Child Protection Systems. The IDEA project is a five country training project for child protection professionals on children’s rights funded by the European Commission Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers. The project has a special focus on professionals in child welfare removals proceedings in courts or court-like bodies.The project is coordinated by University College Cork (Ireland) with partners from the University of Tampere (Finland), University of Szeged (Hungary), University of Gothenburg (Sweden) and University of Tartu (Estonia). The project runs from February 2017 - January 2019.

A number of publications stem from these research projects, see below.


  • 2003 A part study for the evaluation of the senior research in social work in Sweden, for the Department of Higher Education. [Högskoleverkets utvärdering]
  • 2003-2008 Core board member in EUSW , European Platform for Worldwide Social Work. An Erasmus thematic network with more than 100 partners in 34 different countries.
  • 2005-2009 Corresponding editor for the Swedish social science journal [Socialvetenskaplig tidskrift]
  • 2005- Editorial board member for European Journal of Social Work.
  • 2008- 2011 International coordinator at the department of social work, University of Gothenburg
  • 2011-2015 Manager for the National Research School in Social Work

Teaching Staffan Höjer has teaching experience at all university levels. Among other thing he has been teaching for many years at the International Masters programme for Social Work and Human Rights at the department. and at the MFAMILY (Master of social work with families and children) program in Portugal and Sweden. He has supervised 12 PhDs, seven in Sweden and five at Makerere university in Uganda.

Guest researcher 2004 Berkley, UCLA, University of Texas at Arlington, New York University, USA 2009 Social Policy Research Unit, The University of York, England, 2012 University of Chicago, 2014 Lisbon University College, Portugal.