PhD in Social Work and Professor of Social Work and Social Services at the Department of Social Work, Faculty of Law, of UNED, the largest Spanish Public University. She has been visiting researcher at the Open University, and at the School of Social Welfare (University of California, Berkeley, USA), University of Nuevo León (México). Her research interests focus on Child Welfare, migration, transparency, decision making proceedings, welfare state systems. She has been director of the Gregorio Marañon UNED College Center(from 04/2012 to 07/2014). She is an Affiliate researcher del Centre for Research on Discretion and Paternalism (University of Bergen).
She is a professor at the Department of Administration and Organization Theory (University of Bergen), and professor II at the Department of Social Education (Western Norway University of Applied Sciences).Skivenes is leader of the Centre for Research on Discretion and Paternalism.