Key-note speakers

Walter Lorenz

Walter Lorenz is a contract professor, Charles University, Prague Czech Republic and Free University of Bozen / Bolzano, Italy. He has also served two 4-year terms as Rector at Free University of Bozen / Bolzano, Italy. Lorenz qualified as a social worker at the London School of Economics, and practised this profession for 8 years in East London. His research interests cover anti-racism practice and current and historical aspects of European social work and social policy. He co-founded the European Journal of Social Work and Social Work & Society together with Hans-Uwe Otto. He holds honorary doctorates from the universities of Ghent and Aalborg.

Astri Dankertsen

Astri Dankertsen is a professor at Nord university in Bodø, Norway. She is a sociologist, whose research includes focus on gender, ethnicity and gender equality. Now she is managing a research project on  Sámi and Inuit homem​​aking as an everyday life practice as a form of cultural resilience after the effects of assimilation, colonization and post-war welfare policies in the Scandinavian countries. She is leading a research group on environment, international relations, northern area and social security

Philip Lalander

Philip Lalander is a professor at Linnæus university, department of Social work, in Kalmar, Sweden. He is a sociologist, who dedicates his research to the situations of people who have ended up in vulnerable and insecure life situations. This includes migration studies and studies concerning drug abusers. Beside his research publications, he has also written several textbooks on social work, youth culture, migration and social psychology of everyday life.


Conference organizer

+47 712 68 890


Local organizing Committe

Asgeir Solstad