Professorship in memory of Alva Myrdal

The visiting professorship in memory of Alva Myrdal aims to honour Alva Myrdal’s achievements as a researcher, politician and a strong voice in public discourse. The professorship is funded by Eskilstuna Municipality, the City of Västerås, Sörmland County Council, Västmanland County Council and Mälardalen University, via the Social Contract. 2017-2018 we welome Marie Parker Jenkins as visiting professor.

Marie Parker-Jenkins is Professor of Education in the School of Education, University of Limerick, and Co-Director of the Research Centre for Education and Professional Practice.

Read an interview with Marie Parker Jenkins


Before having an academic career in the UK, she taught in Bermuda, Canada and Australia where she obtained practical knowledge of working with children from culturally diverse backgrounds and issues of educational administration.

She has taught in seven universities and the overall theme of her research is that of Social Justice, drawing on human rights law, issues of ethnicity and school leadership which she has published in over 100 books, articles and conference papers.

Her doctoral research involved study at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg where she researched litigation related to education policy. This led to publications on children’s rights and the implications for professional practice, and she has given a number of international keynote addresses related to this area of study.

Similarly, she has assumed positions as visiting professor and academic scholar in residence at James Cooke University, Australia; Uppsala University, Sweden; and the University of Warwick, UK. She has also provided workshops on leadership, citizenship, community and identity for public sector employees, for example, in police training schools.

Laila Niklasson, professor in pedagogy at the School of Education, Culture and Communication at Mälardalen University, will be the host professor for Marie.

About the visiting professorship

The professoriship can encompass a variety of themes and contents, as long as they fall within areas that are directly or indirectly linked to Alva Myrdal’s work regarding human welfare and the refashioning of family politics in the 1930s.

The holder of the professorship should be an internationally active and renowned professor doing research in one or several of the following areas: welfare, working life, education, international cooperation, gender and values.The visiting professorship extends over a period of three terms.