Kjersti Ericsson graduated as a psychologist from the University of Oslo in 1969. She worked as research assistant and lecturer at the Department of Psychology until 1978, and from thereon she has been at the Institute of Criminology (now the Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law). In 1997 she was appointed full professor.
Ericsson is also the author of eight books of poems and five novels.
Total institutions, youth delinquency and truancy, restorative justice, education studies, child welfare and protection, marginalized children and their situation in society, gender studies.
Professor Ericsson has recently completed a book, entitled ”Samfunnets stebarn” (The Stepchildren of Society). By “stepchildren of society” is meant those children who are under the care of public or private institutions, and who for various reasons have been subjected to governmental control or hostility from their communities. “The Stepchildren of Society” consists of several independent chapters, all of which deals with how children have been perceived and treated over the last centuries. The representation is founded both on her own research as well as material by other researches working in this field.
Moreover, Ericsson is also part of the ”Falstad research group”, a collaboration between researchers at the Falstad Memorial and Human Right Centre and researchers at the Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law. The research group’s mandate is to promote research on prison camps and the treatement of prisoners during WWII.
- Ericsson, Kjersti (2015). Children's Agency: The Struggles of the Powerless, In Johanna Sköld & Shurlee Swain (ed.), Apologies and the Legacy of Abuse of Children in 'Care'. International Perspectives. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-1-137-45754-7. Chapter 3. s 42 - 54
- Ericsson, Kjersti (2015). Islands in the shadow - the 'island principle' in the construction of Norwegian reformatories. Retfærd. Nordisk Juridisk Tidsskrift. ISSN 0105-1121. 38(2 = 149), s 48- 62
- Ericsson, Kjersti (2015). Krig og kvinnebilder, I: Lars Korsell; Paul Larsson & Jan Georg Christophersen (red.), Ekstraordinære tider: Festskrift til Per Ole Johansen. Novus Forlag. ISBN 978-82-7099-820-3. Kapittel 17. s 259 - 276
- Ericsson, Kjersti (2015). Love and War - Norwegian Women in Consensual Sexual Relationships With German Soldiers, In Kjersti Ericsson (ed.), Women in War. Examples from Norway and Beyond. Ashgate. ISBN 9781472445179. Chapter 10. s 147 - 163
- Ericsson, Kjersti (2015). Victim Capital and the Language of Money: The Norwegian Process of Inquiries and Apologies. Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth. ISSN 1939-6724. 8(1), s 123- 137
- Ericsson, Kjersti & Rustad, Unni (2015). Women in Darkness, In Kjersti Ericsson (ed.), Women in War. Examples from Norway and Beyond. Ashgate. ISBN 9781472445179. Chapter 9. s 135 - 146
- Ericsson, Kjersti (ed.) (2015). Women in War. Examples from Norway and Beyond. Ashgate. ISBN 9781472445179. 259 s.
- Ericsson, Kjersti (2017). Når kroppen vitner mot deg. Tidsskrift for Den norske legeforening. ISSN 0029-2001. (5), s 378- 379
- Ericsson, Kjersti (2016). The Best Kind of Care: Foster Homes, Children's Homes or Something in between?.
- Ericsson, Kjersti (2015). Introduction, In Kjersti Ericsson (ed.), Women in War. Examples from Norway and Beyond. Ashgate. ISBN 9781472445179. Chapter 1. s 3 - 16