Maria Söderberg

Maria Söderberg

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My research is mainly about social work with a focus on older people and right now especially about freedom of choice in the eldercare. For the time being, I am also working with a research project about food poverty and food charity with the title: “The indignity of being hungry and the indignity of having to receive food: How do professionals create dignity in the encounter with people in need?”

I defended my PhD-thesis at Lund University in 2014. My dissertation drew attention to considerations at the time when older people’s potential relocation from ordinary housing to a residential home was brought to the fore. I chose to reveal the process in a societal context and at the same time reveal how older people, their family members and care managers experience and describe the process individually and in relation to each other ( This research interest has been further developed over the years. As a senior lecturer at University of Gothenburg, I had the possibility to from a fourth perspective study how hospital nurses handle the process when older people consider relocation to a residential home after hospitalization. Then, as a postdoctoral researcher at Linnaeus University, I revealed from a fifth perspective how care workers in the home-help service handle this process.  

I have also participated in research on multi-professional teams and their possibilities to contribute to a coherent care of older people suffering from multi-morbidity. In another project, I have studied older people’s strategies for creating meaningful social interactions in a context where the scope for social work in eldercare is limited.


I am teach, supervise and examine various courses and at various levels at the School of Social Work, mainly at Campus Helsingborg.

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 Work


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