counting2Counting on Marilyn Waring: New Advances in Feminist Economics
Edited by Margunn Bjørnholt and Ailsa McKay, with a foreword by Julie A. Nelson

Demeter Press, 2014

This edited volume maps new advances in theories and practices in feminist economics and the valuation of women, care and nature since Marilyn Waring’s groundbreaking critique of the system of national accounts, If Women Counted (1988). It features theoretical, practical and policy oriented contributions, empirical studies, and new conceptualizations, theorizations and problematizations of defining and accounting for the value of nature and unpaid household work, eco-feminism, national and international policy processes, gender budgeting, unpaid care and HIV/AIDS policy, activism and artwork, and mirrors the wide-ranging impact and resonance of Waring’s work as well as the current frontiers of feminist economics/eco-feminism.

‘Counting on Marilyn Waring provides a timely reminder of the politics and economics underpinning what, how and by whom activities and outputs are valued. For those concerned with social justice and sustainable futures, this important and powerful book provides an invaluable and practical insight into issues that are in need of greater visibility.’ — Alison Preston, Winthrop Professor of Economics, University of Western Australia

‘A wide spectrum of issues are elaborated with a rich set of cases. This book offers insights for new public policy design focusing on well-being for everyone.’ — Gülay Günlük Şenesen, Professor of Economics, Istanbul University

‘While Thomas Piketty’s bestseller Capital in the Twenty-First Century barely tests the discipline’s boundaries in its focus on the rich, Counting on Marilyn Waring challenges most limits of what economists should care about.’ — Maria Reinertsen, economics commentator, Morgenbladet

Read more here or buy the book on Amazon.

retfaerd_omslag_3_2013I am guest editor of an issue of the journal Retfærd titled Vulnerability as a basis for justice and equality in the Nordic countries, exploring the relevance and possible uses of Martha Albertson Fineman’s vulnerability approach in a Nordic context.

By taking the human side of the human rights trope and the shared, human condition of vulnerability, as a point of departure, Fineman’s vulnerability approach reconceptualizes the relations between individuals and society. It emphasizes state obligations to provide the resources and institutions that generate resilience towards the inevitable dependencies and misfortunes that define human life. The implications of Fineman’s vulnerability analysis are possibly far-reaching, with wide-ranging implications even for Nordic countries.

The vulnerability approach: a fresh theoretical grounding of the welfare state? Read the introduction I also have an article titled ‘The Vulnerability Approach: A Way of Bridging the Equality–Difference Dilemma?

Study of work–life balance among Polish and Polish–Norwegian couples

1 November 2013

Policy and Social Research and two partners, Norwegian Social Research (NOVA) and the Department of Occupational Psychology, Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine in Poland, have received a grant from the Polish-Norwegian Research Programme for a study of work–life balance among Polish and Polish-Norwegian couples. The study will be carried out 2013–2016. Read more here.

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Side event on the financial crisis, the economic crisis and women CSW 58

25 October 2013

I am currently organising, together with Joanna Manganara, a side event on the financial crisis, the economic crisis and women that the International Alliance of Women will host in New York on occasion of the 58th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) 10–21 April 2014. I will speak on the […]

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Changing men, changing times: Fathers and sons from an experimental gender equality study

25 October 2013

Margunn Bjørnholt (2014). Changing men, changing times—fathers and sons from an experimental gender equality study. The Sociological Review

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‘Am I rambling?’ On the advantages of interviewing couples together

3 October 2012

This article addresses a methodological controversy regarding the question of whether couples should ideally be interviewed together or apart. It draws on three different studies in which joint couple interviews were used either as the sole source of data or in combination with individual interviews. The authors focus on the specifics and strengths of joint […]

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Workshop on vulnerability as a basis for justice and equality in the Nordic countries

10 November 2011

Workshop with Professor Martha Albertson Fineman in Oslo 14–15 August 2012. Organised by the Nordic Women’s University (Kvinneuniversitetet i Norden) in cooperation with the research group Law and Vulnerabilities (Rätt och utsatthet), Faculty of Law, Lund University, and the research group Rights, Individuals, Culture and Society, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo. Martha Albertson Fineman has […]

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