Cecilia Heule

Cecilia Heule

Lecturer, Doctor of Philosophy at the faculty of Social Sciences in Social work

Personal profile


My research interests include issues of power, gap-mending, service user influence, change management, and agency for organizations and individual organizational representatives. My dissertation is called "Staged inclusion. Community as a goal and challenge in the social work education", and focuses on gap-mending within the education of social workers.

Link to the thesis

I am also involved in developing service user participation and gap-mending in the national development of Housing First – an initiative for collaboration between researchers, practitioners and service user representatives. Since 2022, I am active in a FORTE-funded project called RECO - Resilient communities through sustainable welfare transformation.

I have also initiated an international network that I currently coordinate together with my British colleague Helen Casey, called PowerUs. PowerUs brings together different actors in order to exchange and develop joint actions regarding serviceuser participation and experience-based knowledge in education and research.



 Since 2005 I have been involved in the so called Mobilisation course - a course that is given to social work students and students recruited in service user organisations. You can read more about the course here.

Professional work


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

UKÄ subject classification

  • Social Sciences


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