Biography

9 November 2011

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 a research professor at the Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies (NKVTS) and director of Policy and Social Research. I have previously worked at the Work Research Institute, the Dept. of Sociology and Human Geography at the University of Oslo, and other research institutions. I have also been a national expert on gender equality to the European Commission. I have formerly also worked as a civil servant and consultant, mainly promoting female entrepreneurship and regional development.

I studied politics, contemporary history, regional planning and economics, majoring in the latter two, and graduated with a cand.mag. degree at the University of Tromsø in 1981, with an MA in European economic studies at the College of Europe (Bruges) in 1982, and 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. I received 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 was awarded full professor competence in gender studies in 2015.

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