Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

The teaching environment on Childhood Studies and children's rights at NTNU is located at the Department of Education and Lifelong Learning (IPL). IPL is a knowledge environment for research, education and communication in the social sciences. The department contributes with research-based knowledge on childhood and adolescence, school, education and working life in a lifelong perspective. The teaching environment consists of associate professors, full professors and PhD candidates with interdisciplinary backgrounds, conducting research in both global North and South contexts.

BA Exchange Semester

NTNU offers a semester focusing on interdisciplinary childhood studies, children's rights in the Nordic region, and the educational and welfare system in the Nordic region for international bachelor students. Mphil in Childhood Studies - The program provides students with an understanding of the relationship between childhood and culture as well as the dynamics between economic, social and political conditions and children's livelihoods and welfare in different contexts, that is family-life, day-care and schools, local communities etc. The program covers the state of childhood(s) in the western world and in countries in the South. The approach is multi-disciplinary, with particular emphasis on perspectives drawn from disciplines such as anthropology, sociology, geography, and history. 

PhD in Educational Sciences – Specialization Interdisciplinary Child Research

The theory and methods of interdisciplinary child research are grounded in social studies of children and childhood research, which includes approaches linked with sociology, anthropology and geography, among others. The specialization is based on childhood as a social phenomenon, children as actors in society, and childhood in a social, cultural and historical context. The focus on children’s perspectives and everyday life in relation to other generations is explored in the context of how structural factors affect children’s lives, and how they shape and change views of children and childhood. The specialization has an international profile in which PhD candidates and doctoral theses play a key role in recruitment to and development of knowledge in a relatively young field.




Children’s Rights European Academic Network (CREAN)
c/o Centre for Children’s Rights Studies
University of Geneva, Valais Campus
Chemin de l’Institut 18
CH – 1967 Bramois (Sion)
Tel. +41 (0)27 205 73 06