Professor in social work, Dr. of social sciences, Tampere University, Finland. One of the founding members and vice chair of the multidisciplinary research unit of family and childhood studies at the University of Tampere. A member of the board of the nation-wide Graduate School of Family Studies in Finland 2003-2015; later involved in a current more informal Family Research Network. Editor of the book Social Work and Child Welfare Politics Through Nordic Lenses. Bristol: Policy Press, 2010.
In recent years she has focused on studying divorce, separation and post-divorce families in social work practices, including alternative residence of children. At the moment she with her team is researching reactions of parents to alternative residence of their children under the circumstances of COVID-19 and attitudes of child and family professionals to dual residence of very young children.
Some examples of the recent articles:
-Forsberg, Hannele & Autonen, Vaaraniemi, Leena & Kauko, Outi (2016) Post-divorce dual residency and sense of places in young people’s narration. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage. Published online 06 Sep 2016 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10502556.2016.1220283.
-Forsberg, Hannele & Kääriäinen, Aino, Ritala-Koskinen, Aino (2018) Children’s Residence in Divorce Disputes – Examination of Social Workers’ Court Reports. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 39 (1), Published online http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09649069.2018.1414351
-Forsberg, Hannele & Autonen-Vaaraniemi, Leena (2017) Moral orientations to post-divorce fatherhood – examining Finnish men’s descriptive practices. Families, Relationships and Societies. Published online http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/204674317X14920695828859.