Inger Kjersti Lindvig is a Professor in special needs and social pedagogy at the Department of Health, Social and Welfare Studies at the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, University of South-Eastern Norway (USN). She is a teacher, special need teacher, deacon, and social scientist with wide, interdisciplinary, and interprofessional knowledge concerning educational subjects as well as knowledge about international, global, and multicultural issues related to health and social studies education. Lindvig also has experience from teaching, development-work, and social innovation project in the educational and social studies sector internationally; Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Rwanda, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Tanzania, Botswana, South-Africa, Bangladesh, Ecuador, Ukraine, and the Western Balkans. She has recently participated in the Erasmus+ project: “Common Good first. Digital Storytelling for Social innovation”, Sub-Programme: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices (2016-2019). Whilst working with refugees was not core to the Erasmus+ project proportion, the digital storytelling pilot in Norway, in March 2018, focused on the refugee experience as part of the integration process managed by the local municipality. Such was the impact of the workshop that it prompted a number of potential collaborations between CGF partners in this space, as well as an academic paper on digital storytelling and the migrant experience, based on the stories told during this Norwegian story circle.
Her research and curriculum development interests are minority perspectives on young migrant pupils end their experience on education, the quality of school life, inclusion and the schooled society. She also have research focus on social work and multicultural perspectives related to families’ experience, views, and reflections on the Norwegian social services and welfare provision. Over the last three years she have been occupied with Digital Storytelling in community work and social innovation projects and research work (audio-visual ethnographies research methods and co-creation) and research dissemination.