Ulla Melin Emilsson

Senior professor
Department of Social Work Faculty of Social Sciences
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PhD, Professor in Social Work, Psychologist, Graduated in Social Work and Supervision.

Research

My main research areas are social-, sociopolitical and social psychological perspectives on health and social care of older people and the professional practice in human service organizations. Over a period of more than 20 years I have been studying the meaning of everyday life and interpersonal processes in the care of older people suffering from dementia.

Since 2002 the research also comprises a socio-political comparative approach on different organisational levels, focused on eldercare in general in Sweden, France and Portugal. From 2006 the research area also includes care of older people in the UK were I am appointed to be a Visiting Fellow in Elder Care & Social Research. Initially the research principally was influenced by a relationship-based approach with a psycho-dynamic theoretical starting-point and a phenomenological/ hermeneutic view on qualitative studies. Later on an organisational theoretical framework also has been used. With the same theoretical and methodological approach I started developmental work and research on postgraduate education in 1999. In the frame of fundamental research I have tried to explore "what’s going on" in the everyday life in the care of the elderly as well as in various postgraduate situations and environments.

In the applied part of my research I have studied and tried to develop the meeting of research and the field. The gap between theory and practice has been more and more evident in my research and it has gradually grown up to a central position of my research focus as well as my interest in questions regarding the interaction between different trusts and research disciplines within the frame of the welfare state. Since 2007 I am participating in interdisciplinary research work at CASE – Centre for Ageing and Supportive Environments at Lund University. Since 2012 I am the leader of the interdisciplinary research group REIS-Research on Elderly in Social Sciences based at the Department of Social Works at Linnaeus University.

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