Elin Eriksen Ødegaard

Field of work

Elin Eriksen Ødegaard is the research director at 'KINDknow - centre for Systemic Research on Diversity and Sustainable Futures', also called BARNkunne in Norwegian. The Research Council Norway (2018-2018) finances the center. She is a capacity builder with a commitment to sustainability and equity and an active researcher in Early Childhood Education. With specialisation on children's narrative meaning-making, play and exploration, co-creation, and pedagogical innovation for sustainability, She has published 35 peer review journal articles, 13 scholarly books, 35 book chapters in edited books, 9 research reports, 13 outreach to the public, 70 feature articles for the teacher profession. She is a popular keynote speaker and has been invited to speak at numerous seminars, conferences, and doctoral courses at universities and NGOs in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Greece, China, South Korea, Australia. 

In collaboration with others, she has produced 11 documentaries and animated films, for example:


'Becoming .- the first 1000 days of early childhood.

Plum Skum - YouTube

'Hva betyr det å leve?' En film om utforskende pedagogikk i barnehagen - Collaborative exploration - YouTube 

Distinctions, invitations and roles of trust


  • Guest Professor at University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway (2014-2023)
  • OMEP World Treasurer & Member of Executive Committee in World Organisation for Early Childhood Education - OMEP (2020-2023)
  • Member of the board of NAFOL- The National Research School for Teacher Education (2016-2022)
  • Scientific Advisor for  'World Care' led by Ditte Winther-Lindquist, Financed by the Daish Research Fund and Aarhus University (2022 -ongoing). 
  • Scientific Advisor for 'Playful learning Research' led by Helle Skovbjerg, Founded by Lego Foundation (2020 - ongong)
  • Scientific advisor in Children's grief and grive in ECEC, ledet av Lasse Lipponen, finansiert av Finnish Academi
  • Scientific Advisor for 'The Second Language Learners Plus Intervention' led by  Kari-Anne B. Næss, financed av NFR, UiO and HVL
  • Scientific Advisor for 'Play responsive teaching' led by Niklas Pramling, University of Gothenburg
  • Member of the board 'International Journal of play' (2011 -ongoing)
  • Leader of the Secretary of BIN-Norden (2012-2016)
  • Editor in Chief of Nordic Journal of Early Childhood Research (2020-2023)
  • Prize: FoU Prisen - 2013 For excellence in research concerning children's collaborative meaning-making, narratives and play and for capacity building and research leadership. 
  • Ministry of Education & Research; Leadership of the working group that delivered a draft to a new Norwegian Frameworkplan for kindergartens in 2014 and later an advisor for the legal document (2013-2016).

Current projects

- Exploration and cultural formation – One Ocean, climate and weather-landscapes


- Sustainable design in kindergarten sector through ‘Exploration and Pedagogical Innovation Laboratory’ 


ORCIDResearchGate; Twitter @sereptineGoogle Scholar Citation 


Courses taught

PhD supervision

PhD NORCHILD Research School

Professional development 

Research areas
  • Play, Move, Explore, Cultural formation, 
  • EX-PED-LAB, and narrative inquiry
  • Sustainability - Weather landscapes and emergent ocean literary 
Research groups


  • Cultural-historical Digital Methodology in Early Childhood Settings In Times of Change, Innovation and Resilience

    Fleer, Marilyn, Fragkiadaki, Glykeria, Ødegaard, Elin Eriksen, Rai, Prabhat Kumar, Sadownik, Alicja R. (2024)
  • The Shaping of Professional Identities Revisiting Critical Event Narrative Inquiry

    Lyngstad, Mette Bøe, Schei, Tiri Bergesen, Ødegaard, Elin Eriksen (2024)
  • Mange barnehager har en koffert med instrumenter, men den er ikke i bruk

    Storvik, Line Fredheim, Ødegaard, Elin Eriksen (2024)
  • Explore-ability as a transferable skill for high-quality research

    Hu, Aihua, Ødegaard, Elin Eriksen (2024)
  • Improving quality ECEC through collaborative exploration:A Norwegian approach

    Ødegaard, Elin Eriksen, Hu, Aihua (2024)
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