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Katarina Blennow


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I am a researcher at the Department of Educational Sciences at Lund University, Sweden. My research interests are emotions in education, the teaching and learning of Social Science, school cultures, teacher professionalism and ethnography.

My most significant research outputs regard what emotions do in Social Science teaching and what the school-subject Social Science (samhällskunskap) does to emotions. In 2019 I defended my doctoral thesis The Emotional Community of Social Science Teaching. I have aimed to widen the boundaries of the field of teaching and learning of Social Science by deploying theory from other disciplines, such as the concept “emotional communities”, research on emotions more generally, and interactionism.

Apart from the research on the teaching and learning of Social Science, I am working in two larger research projects: The internationally comparative project Schools towards Ordinary Life, which concerns schools’ reception of newly arrived students in England and Sweden and Visions and resistance. School cultures and relations in a newly established upper-secondary school, which investigates the relational processes that are set in motion at the establishment of a new, strongly profiled municipal upper secondary school.

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 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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