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I am a sociologist and a Research Professor at the Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies (NKVTS).

Research areas

I am currently heading a research project on intimate partner violence, with particular emphasis on gender, equality and power relations, funded by the Ministry of Justice and Public Security. Other major topics of my research have been changes over time and generations in men’s work–family practices and gender relations, and migration and social change.​​ My research has also spanned a number of other topics, including policy studies, the welfare state, theories of social justice, human rights, financial institutions from the perspective of social movement theory and neo-institutionalism, feminist economics, working life, public sector reform and management, and the material, institutional and symbolic production and contemporary use of cultural heritage. Common themes in my research are a preoccupation with the ways in which practices are shaped by and shape contexts, the social production of knowledge, ideologies and policies, and the dynamics between knowledge production, ideologies, policies and practices.​


I studied politics, contemporary history, regional planning and economics, majored 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, ethical and interest-free banking, Pengene mot strømmen: Alternative finansieringsorganisasjoner [Money Against the Stream: Alternative Financial Institutions]. 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.

During the 1980s and early 1990s, I worked at the Regional Development Fund (now Innovation Norway) and the National Institute of Technology, and as a business consultant, mainly promoting regional development and female entrepreneurship. In the early 1990s I was coordinator of an ultimately unsuccessful initiative to establish an interest-free bank in Norway, modelled after JAK Members Bank in Sweden.​ From 1993 I was affiliated with the Project for an Alternative Future (now the Centre for Development and the Environment at the University of Oslo), where I wrote my dissertation on financial institutions, building upon my prior practical work in this field. Since 1997 I have worked as a researcher and research professor at several research institutions including the Work Research Institute, the University of Oslo, Oslo Research and the Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies. I have also served as a national expert on gender equality to the European Commission. I have formerly been President of the Norwegian Association for Women’s Rights and of the Norwegian Women’s Lobby, and I am a member of the advisory board of Rethinking Economics Norway.


I have taught and/or supervised students in sociology, psychology, social work, gender studies and cultural studies.

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