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Milfrid Tonheim

Research Professor

+47 56 10 76 32
Nygårdsgaten 112, 5008 Bergen, Norway

I am a Research professor at NORCE Health and Society and have an M.Phil. degree in Administration and Organisation Theory and a Dr. philos from Department of Health Promotion and Development at the University of Bergen (UiB). My doctoral degree was a study of the social reintegration of former girl soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo, entitled A troublesome transition: Social reintegration of girl soldiers returning ‘home’.). I'm also Professor in social work at the Department of welfare and participation at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences.

My research has to a large extent focued on children and youth who have experienced war, violence, abuse, neglect and migration. I am the project manager of Home and (dis)continuity: Foster care for children with migrant backgrounds (HoMi)', which is funded by the Norwegian Research Council from 2020-2025. I'm also involved in 'Relational wellbeing in the lives of refugee young people in Finland, Norway and the UK (Drawing together)', a research project led by Prof. Ravi Kohli at the University of Bedfordshire and funded by NordForsk. I mainly use qualitative methods in my research, such as focus groups, narrative interviews and arts-based research. I'm also involved in voluntary work as the project leader of Education for war-affected children through Buddies - https://www.vierbuddies.no/

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De andres barn – Dagbladet 2022
«Redde for å miste, redde for å kreve, redde for å være vanskelige»: Relasjonen mellom barneverntjenesten og slektsfosterhjem – Tidsskriftet Norges Barnevern 2021
Hjelp til å avdekke vold og overgrep mot barn og unge – en evaluering av konsultasjonsteam – NORCE Norwegian Research Centre 2019
“We felt completely left to ourselves.” Foster parents' views on placement disruption. – Child & Family Social Work 2019
Improving decision-making in care order proceedings: A multijurisdictional study of court decision-makers' viewpoints – Child & Family Social Work 2018
Repair, stigmatisation or tolerance? Former girl soldiers' experience of their 'homecoming' – Conflict, Security and Development 2017
The role and function of spokesperson in care order proceedings: A cross-country study in Finland and Norway – Children and Youth Services Review 2017
Deliberative decision-making on the Norwegian County Social Welfare Board The experiences of expert and lay members – Journal of Public Child Welfare 2016
Improving the care order decision-making processes: viewpoints of child welfare workers in four countries – Human service organizations, management, leadership & governance 2016
Rehabilitation and Social Reintegration of Asylum-seeking Children Affected by War and Armed Conflict – Misjonshøgskolens forlag 2015
Genuine social inclusion or superficial co-existence? Former girl soldiers in eastern Congo returning home – International Journal of Human Rights 2014
Reintegrering av tidligere barnesoldater: Fra teori til praksis – Internasjonal Politikk 2014
"Who will comfort me?" : stigmatization of girls formerly associated with armed forces and groups in eastern Congo – International Journal of Human Rights 2012
De holder pusten og ber til Gud – Bergens Tidende 2011
Where Are the Research Gaps? Reviewing Literature on Former Girl Soldiers’ Reintegration in the African Context – 2010
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