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Dr Therese Boje Mortensen

Therese Boje

Independent researcher, Sweden



I am recent PhD graduate from Human Rights Studies, Lund University. I am interested in the intersections between international law, local practices and local conceptions of children's rights in India. My dissertation project was concerned with the role of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) as de facto ‘duty bearers’ of human rights, specifically children’s protection rights in central and northern India. I have also published in the fields of critical child rights studies, advocacy on behalf of children, and adapting fieldwork methods from physical to online. Other research interests include the state in India, ethnographic methods for human rights research, vernacularisation & vernacular rights cultures, and the intersections of children's rights and climate change.




Mortensen, T. (2020). Digitalising the Ethnographic Field in and Post Covid-19 : How (a study of ) child rights activism in India moved online. Chakra: tidskrift för indiska religioner, 2020 (Special Issue), 67-75. Centrum för teologi och religionsvetenskap, Lunds universitet. Mortensen, T. (2018). Localising De-Institutionalisation : The Potentials of Article 20 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in the Context of Rajasthan, India. Asia in Focus, 5. Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS).


Child rights, human rights, India, NGOs
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