Dr. Tessa Verhallen is a postdoctoral researcher in Social Work. She teaches and researches at the Department of Social Work and at the Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MIM). Her research focuses on Transnational Child Welfare and Protection Arrangements for Refugee Children. The aim of the study is to address the questions how child welfare and protection arrangements are actively shaped by refugee children, their families, central authorities and service professionals (including social work professionals, family supervisors, immigration services, human rights organizations), and how these micro-level arrangements are related to (changes in) national policies and macro-level ‘transnational child welfare and protection mixtures’.
Tessa Verhallen obtained her PhD at the Willem Pompe Institute for Criminal Law and Criminology at the Utrecht University, The Netherlands in 2015. Her doctoral thesis was entitled “Disentangling an Invisible Trade: State Interventions in Dutch and Dutch-Curaçaoan Single-Mother Families” (2015).
She also has written a policy report for the stakeholders (Nicis Institute, municipalities of Amsterdam, Dordrecht, Rotterdam and the Willem Pompe Institute) involved in the study, entitled "Family interventions with so-called 'multi-problem families' in the Netherlands and Curaçao" (2013).
- Verhallen, T. (2016) “Tuning to the dance of ethnography”: Ethics during situated fieldwork in single-mother child protection families, Current Anthropology, 57(4), pp. 452-464.
- Verhallen, T. (2016) “Reply to Lederman…”, Current Anthropology, 57(4), pp. 469-473.
- Verhallen, T. (2016) ‘E kuchú ta korta mi’ versus ‘I cut myself with a knife’: Cultural Assumptions in Child Protection Intervention Processes. Utrecht Law Review, 12(2), pp. 63–80.
- Verhallen, T., Hall, C., Slembrouck, S., and Kirkwood, S. (2016) Managing arguments in social work encounters. International Journal of Child and Family Welfare, 17(1/2), pp. 85-104.
- Verhallen, T. (2015). A critical view on the label ‘multi-problem family’: a review of the literature. In Overarching views of crime and deviancy: rethinking the legacy of the Utrecht School. Boom: The Hague.
- Verhallen, T. (2015). Disentangling an invisible trade: state interventions with Dutch and Dutch Curaçaoan single-mother families, pp. 205. (PhD Dissertation) Eleven: The Hague. ISBN/EAN: 9789462365810.
- Verhallen, T. (2015). Disentangling an invisible trade: state interventions with Dutch and Dutch Curaçaoan single-mother families, pp. 62. (Simplified version of PhD Dissertation) Eleven: The Hague.
- Verhallen, T. (2014). In whose interest? An analysis of exemplary interaction between a family supervisor and a Dutch-Curaçaoan single-mother. Children and Youth Services Review, 43, pp. 105-117.
Verhallen, T. (2013). Gezinsinterventies bij Nederlandse en Nederlands Curaçaoase ‘multi-probleem’ gezinnen in Nederland en Curaçao, pp. 185. (Policy Report with recommendations) Boom: The Hague. ISBN/EAN: 9789462363663.
Tessa Verhallen has a Masters in Cultural Anthropology (2004) and Human Geography (2008 cum laude) and a minor in Conflict Studies (2002). She conducted research on various topics including refugees’ integration and connections to their homelands, single-mother families experiencing multiple problems, social service delivery systems, key populations at high risk of acquiring HIV/Aids.
Her research interests include, but are not limited to:
Child protection and family welfare, transnationalism, migration, human rights, development, health care, (critical) discourse analysis, (research) ethics, gender, criminality, families with multiple problems, ethnography, HIV/Aids, Sex Work, LGTBI, counselling, labelling and stigma, in- and exclusion.