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Biosketch: Dr. Frances Hultgren

Frances is a senior lecturer at the Swedish School of Library and Information Science at the University of Borås (SSLIS). Her teaching interests include information seeking from a user perspective, information literacy, children and young people’s use of media, and the development of children’s libraries. Her doctoral thesis, presented in spring 2009, is a study of school leavers’ information activities related to study and occupational choice.


Frances is a member of the project Culture with children (KUMBA). The project's focus is on children and their caregiver's participation in the development of the Children's Culture Centre in Borås. It is funded at present by the Svea Bredal Fund. The objectives of the project are to: 1) Follow the process of developing the Children's Culture Centre, both within the project and between various partners. 2) Through ethnographic methods seek children's and caregivers' perspectives on cultural activities for children 3) Develop methods for gaining insights into processes that promote participation and finally to relate the results of the study to research on childhood, generation, participation and empowerment. In the project Frances collaborates with Barbro Johansson, ethnographer at the centre for Consumer Science at The University of Gothenburg.

Recent publications

Hultgren, Frances and Johansson, Barbro (2013). Making sense of participation in cultural activities for children. Information Research, 18(3) paper C06. [Available at http://InformationR.net/ir/18-3/colis/paperC06.html].

Hultgren, Frances (2013). "The stranger’s tale: information seeking as an outsider activity". Journal of Documentation, vol. 69 (2).

Johansson, Barbro and Hultgren, Frances (2012)."Taking part or taking over? Children’s participation in culture consumption". Paper presented at Making Sense of Consumption, 2nd Nordic Conference on Consumer Research, May 30 - June 1, 2012 Gothenburg, Sweden.

Frances Hultgren, Barbro Johansson & Sandin, Amira Sofie (2011). Forskningsprojektet KUMBA och Barnens kulturrum. [The research project Culture with children and the Children's Culture Room]. Conference paper presented at Mötesplats inför framtiden, The university of Borås, October 2011. BADA http://hdl.handle.net/2320/10090

Frances Hultgren

Frances Hultgren

Ph.D., Senior Lecturer

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