Titti Mattsson


Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Social Sciences
  • Law



Titti Mattsson is Professor in Public Law, specialising in Health law, Social welfare law and Human rights law at the Faculty of Law at Lund University. The connecting theme of her research is the governance of welfare state issues from national as well as transnational perspectives. Within this theme, her research addresses legal, social and ethical issues regarding various public-law activities, such as health and community care for children, disabled persons and the elderly. She holds the title of Docent in social law as well as in Social work.

Mattsson has many years of extensive experience of interdisciplinary and comparative research collaborations with researchers in law, social work and medical ethics, nationally as well as internationally. Her publication list includes a variety of monographs, anthologies, book chapters and articles in international and national journals. She is the editor of the European Journal of Health Law. Other ongoing research-related activities include being Board member of the Swedish National Agency for Health and Care Analysis; the Swedish Medical Ethics Council (SMER); and the European University Institute. She regularly participates as an expert at the National Board for Medical and Social Evaluation and as an evaluator of research projects / research environments in the Nordic countries and the EU. During the years 2013-2018, she was a member of the Swedish Research Council's Scientific Council for Humanities and Social Sciences, and a member of/chairman of the review panel for philosophy, law, ethics and criminology.

Mattsson has three ongoing interdisciplinary research projects (law/social work).

1. The project Whose voice? Assistance management and dementia (2019-2020) is financed by the Kamprad family research foundation and it analyzes social services' responsibility for the dementia's everyday life in relation to the individual's decision-making capacity.

2. The project Age or needs? Age categorization as a basis for care and support for the elderly (2018-2020, Forte) deals with the question of age as organizing principle for allocating support efforts to older persons in practice, in policy-making and in legislation.

3. Finally, in the project Child Care Investigation in Private Government - Occurrence, Organization and Importance for Practice (2018-2020, Forte), the aim is to analyse how child welfare investigations are affected when they are performed by publicly employed social services and private consultants respectively.

Mattsson coordinates three research groups at the Faculty of Law.

1. Health Law Research Centre (http://www.jur.lu.se/#!healthlaw). In 2018, Mattsson established a research environment in Health Law at the Faculty of Law (funded by the Crafoord Foundation). Here, prominent and junior researchers in medical law, public law, social law, child rights law, elder law, disability law, human rights law and social work gather in close collaboration with researchers and practitioners in medicine, dentistry, life sciences and medical ethics.

2. Norma Elder Law Research Group (www.jur.lu.se/elderlaw) at the Faculty of Law. The research group is one of Europe's leading research environment in its field, and includes many research projects with an elder law perspective. During the years the group has established Elder law as a new Swedish legal field. Since Mattsson got the coordinator role in 2017 (from Prof. Ann Numhauser-Henning) a new initative has been taken (in collaboration with Prof Issi Doron, Haifa University) to establish ELAN, the European Law and Ageing Research Network, which includes researchers from 14 European countries.

3. Law and Vulnerabilities Group (http://www.law.lu.se/#!lawandvulnerabilities) is coordinated with Ass. Prof. Ulrika Andersson and is one of three International Vulnerability and Human Condition Centers, together with Emory University and Leeds University. The research in the environment links social law and criminal law, and thus takes a comprehensive approach to issues that are common to public-law research. Mattsson and Andersson have arranged and participated in a large number of international workshops, publications and research exchanges related to health and vulnerability. For example, see the anthology Albertsson Fineman, Andersson, Mattsson (eds.) Privatization, Vulnerability and Social Responsibility (Routledge Press, 2017).

Mattsson is an established researcher in Europe, with various research projects and assignments during the years. Currently, Mattsson is Sweden’s representative to the EAHL (European Association of Health Law) as well as a member of its Advisory Board. She is Editor for the European Journal of Health Law. Further, she is a Board Member at the High Council of the European University Institute (EUI). 


Mattsson teaches in public law, health law and elder law at advanced level at the Law School. She have been a guest teacher at several American law schools, such as Emory Law School and Suffolk Law School, for several years. She runs the courses Health Law and Generational Conflicts in Law.

Mattsson is currently supervisor for five doctoral projects: principal supervisor for Martina Axmin and Mirjam Katzin, doctoral students in social law, as well as Lisa Kerker and Sofial Åkerman, both doctoral students in public law. She is also assistant supervisor for Lovisa Häckner Posse.



Mattsson's research is closely linked to her expert assignments. She regularly serves as an expert for Swedish and international authorities and organizations on different issues related to her expertise. Currently, she represents Sweden at the European University Institute. She is also the Editor for the European Journal of Health Law. Nationally, Mattsson serves as Vice Chairman of Region Skåne's Ethics Council, Board member of the Swedish Medical Ethics Council (SMER) and Board member of the Swedish National Agency for Health and Care Analysis. Her involvement in ethical matters includes a number of former assignments, such as Member and Chairman of the Nordic Council of Ministers' Committee on Bioethics and investigator in national matters of research frauds at Swedish universities. 

In Child Law, Mattsson has for the last few years participated in several joint government efforts on the matter of children's health, including - amongst other things - the health of institutionalized chlidren and children in families. She is also involved in a government evaluation report on migrant children (SBU-report). As a part of her work with the Swedish Agency for Health Technology Assessment and Assessment of Social Services (SBU), she recently participated in the SBU Evaluation Report 265/17 'Efforts for better mental and physical health for children in foster and institutional care. She is co-author to the research report 'Children in family homes. Proposals for actions that would make a difference to society's most vulnerable' (SNS publisher 2016). She is also actively collaborating with various local governing bodies and county councils when it comes to discussing and debating the matter of children's rights. Together with the child expert Åsa Ekman, Mattsson is planning to produce a child rights book for practitioners in 2020.



Recent research outputs

Titti Mattsson, 2019, Vetenskap och beprövad erfarenhet : Socialtjänst. Björne, P., Broström, L., Mattsson, T., Sahlin, N-E., Salonen, T. & Stenström, N. (eds.). Lund: Lunds universitet, VBE programmet, p. 23 10 p.

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

Titti Mattsson & Dahlstrand, L., 2019, Blendow Lexnova.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publication or newspaperSpecialist publication article

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