I am a sociologist with a background in economics. My research spans a wide range of topics, including financial institutions (microfinance, ethical and interest-free banking), working life, public sector reform and management, work and family, gender equality, intergenerational transmission, men and masculinities, cultural heritage, and more recently, feminist legal theory, feminist economics, social justice, migration, and violence. For a more detailed outline of my current and recent research, click here.
I am currently director of Policy and Social Research AS and an affiliated researcher at the Center for Feminist Social Studies (CFS) at Örebro University; I have previously worked as a researcher at the University of Oslo, the Work Research Institute and Telemark Research Institute. I have also been a national expert on gender equality to the European Commission. Formerly, I have worked as a civil servant and consultant, mainly promoting female entrepreneurship and regional development. From 2016 I join the Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies (NKVTS) as a research professor.
I graduated with a cand.mag. degree in regional planning at the University of Tromsø in 1981, with an MA in European economic studies at the College of Europe (Bruges) in 1982, with a mag.art. degree (Ph.D. equivalent) in economic sociology at the University of Oslo in 1995, with a dissertation on microfinance and ethical banking, and with a Ph.D. (fil.dr.) in gender studies at Örebro University in 2014 with the dissertation Modern Men: A Norwegian 30-Year Longitudinal Study of Intergenerational Transmission and Social Change, and I hold full professor competence in gender studies.
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