Elinn Leo Sandberg

Doctoral Student

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Social Work



My research covers social work, poverty, civil society and service users. I have a special interest in service user’s experiences as well as civil society's relation to public social work. Starting in the spring of 2021 and continuing for the next five years, I will be researching food poverty & food insecurity within the framework of my dissertation. The research is partly done in collaboration with my supervisor, Associate Professor Anna Angelin. Assistant supervisor is, Professor Anna Meeuwisse.

Keywords: Social sciences, social work, poverty, food poverty, food insecurity, social exclusion, civil society, service users, charity and diaconia. Using qualitative and quantitative methods.


I am regularly teaching in the social work education and the final master's course, "Professional Social Work" that is 15 credits. My responsibilities include supervising and examining.

I give regular external lectures for organisations in civil society and in deacon education.

Professional work

Since the spring of 2021, I have been a doctoral student at the faculty of Social Work at Lund’s University. I graduated in 2008 from Lund’s University as a social worker. Since then, I have worked as a hospital counsellor and social worker in civil society. In 2011, I became a professional deacon and continued working with people in social exclusion. Individual counselling, group activities and advocacy work has been my focus. My master's studies in social work were conducted at Lund University in the years 2018-2019. I wrote the essay "Instrumental Paradox in Church Practice - The Logic and Dramaturgy of the Support." For this essay, I received the national award “Civil Society Essay Scholarship" in 2021.

Recent research outputs

Elinn Leo Sandberg, 2020, In: Svensk teologisk kvartalstidskrift. 96, 2, p. 201-203 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview (Book/Film/Exhibition/etc.)

Karin Ahlqvist, Charlotte Säll, Elinn Leo Sandberg, Helena Ask, Sara Carlsson, Åsa Wikman, Monica Sölvesdotter Olsson & Ann Aldén, 2018, Som en rörelse : på spaning efter diakoni i vår tid . Ahlqvist, K. & Säll, C. (eds.). 1 ed. Verbum, p. 57-64 8 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

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