Centre for Research on Discretion and Paternalism Bergen

Guest researcher program

The Centre regularly host visiting scholars. Interested researchers are welcome to apply for funding.

The Centre has an ongoing guest researcher program. The aim is to bring talented young researchers and excellent senior researchers to Bergen to share knowledge and collaborate on research within the fields of discretion, paternalism, child welfare, and children’s rights.

The Centre can offer support for travel and accommodation. Guest researchers will be provided with an office space, access to seminars, and library services. Salary and subsistence allowance are not covered. The normal length of stay is one – three weeks.

For researchers with travel grants from their own institution or a research council, the Centre can assist in arranging a longer guest research stay in collaboration with the Department of Administration and Organizational Theory at the University of Bergen.

The Centre also welcomes scholars with an interest in discretion, paternalism, children’s rights, child protection or other related topics to collaborate on an application for a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions – Individual Fellowships (MSCA-IF) grant. Read more.

Upcoming guest researchers
  • Dr. Ingi Iusmen (Political Science), University of Southampton. Visiting in August 2019. Title of lecture: Protection of Unaccompanied Minors in Europe. Personal profile.
  • Dr. Cristian Pérez Muñoz (Political Science), Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Visiting in August 2019. Title of lecture: Paternalism, Coercive Care and the Very Poor. Personal profile.
  • Prof. Rami Benbenishty (Social Work / Social Welfare), University of Jerusalem / Bar Ilan University. Visiting in September 2019. Title of lecture: Child Welfare – Decision-making in evolving contexts. Personal profile.
  • Prof. Tony Evans (Social Work), Royal Holloway, University of London. Visiting in May 2020. Personal profile.

Become a guest researcher

Qualifications

  • Completed PhD degree (or equivalent)
  • Demonstrated interest in topics related to the Centre’s research areas
  • Fluency in written and spoken English

Conditions

  • Contribute to the research activities of the Discretion and/or Acceptability project(s)
  • Hold a lecture on a relevant topic
  • Meet with master’s and/or PhD students

Contact

If you are interested to come as a visiting scholar, please send an e-mail to Marit Skivenes with a short text describing your research profile, why you wish to visit, your CV, and a list of recent publications.

Previous guest researchers

Olga Komshukova

Olga Komshukov is a PhD Fellow at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) in Russia. Her PhD project focuses on the legitimation mechanisms of the decisions of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation. Komshukova guested the Centre in June 2019, and gave the lecture “Legitimacy and Judicial Protection of Human Rights and Children’s Rights in Russia”. A summary and slides from the lecture can be found here.

“I have met some amazing people in the Centre, inspired by their work and oriented towards achieving good results. The Centre is a modern research organizational community. By consistently working on the various issues of paternalism, focused on children’s rights, the team there has made great progress in this specific research area. The opportunity to familiarize me with the Center’s projects gave me a good example of interdisciplinary research,  providing the sociological approach to specific legal issues.”

Olga Kumshokova

Kenneth Burns

Kenneth Burns is an Associate Professor and Deputy Director of the Master of Social Work course at University College Cork. He has worked as a social worker and social work team leader in child protection and welfare, and continues to support practice in this area. Kenneth visited the Centre in April 2019, and gave the lecture “Voluntary Care Removals”.

Michael Lipsky

Michael Lipsky is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos, and a former professor of political science at MIT. He is well knowned for his classic book about street-level bureaucracy (1980), and is considered one of the most influential researchers in the field of public administration. Lipsky visited the Centre in June 2018, and gave the lecture “Reflections on Street-level Bureaucracy”. A summary and recording of the lecture can be found here.

Claire Breen

Claire Breen is an Associate Professor of Law at University of Waikato, New Zealand. Her research focus on international human rights law and international humanitarian law, and she has published extensively in the area of children’s rights. Breen visited the Centre in May/June 2018, and gave a lecture on the foundation of children’s rights. She also wrote the blogpost Are Rights Right for Children?

June Thoburn

June Thoburn is an Emeritus Professor of Social Work at the University of East Anglia. She is internationally renowned for her research on children’s social care, and have been appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her for services to social work. June visited the Centre in April/May 2018, and gave the lecture “Child welfare and child protection in the UK nations: politics, economics and professional practice”.