Current/recent affiliations

Education and qualifications

  • 2015– Full professor competence in sociology, gender studies and social work
  • 2014 Ph.D. in gender studies, Örebro University, with the dissertation Modern Men: A Norwegian 30-Year Longitudinal Study of Intergenerational Transmission and Social Change
  • 2009– Associate professor competence in sociology and psychology
  • 1995 (a 3-year postgraduate research degree; Ph.D. equivalent) in economic sociology, University of Oslo, with the dissertation Pengene mot strømmen: Alternative finansieringsorganisasjoner [Money Against the Stream: Alternative Financial Institutions], on microfinance, ethical banking, and interest-free banking
  • 1982 M.Sc. in European economic studies, College of Europe (Bruges, Belgium)
  • 1981 Cand.mag. (a 4.5-year degree), University of Tromsø
  • 1978–1983 Studies of politics (minor), contemporary history (minor), regional planning (major) and economics (major and M.Sc.) at Oppland College, the University of Oslo, the University of Tromsø and the College of Europe

Other current affiliations

Former affiliations

  • 2017 Visiting Scholar, Centre for Law and Social Justice, School of Law, University of Leeds
  • 2013 Visiting Scholar, GEXcel Centre of Gender Excellence, Örebro University
  • 2012 Visiting Scholar, Feminism and Legal Theory Project/Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative, Emory University School of Law
  • 2012–2016 Senior Researcher, Oslo Research AS, mainly working on a cross-national Polish–Norwegian project on work–life balance (2013–2016) funded by the Polish-Norwegian Research Programme/Norway Grants, a collaboration with Norwegian Social Research (NOVA) and the Department of Health and Work Psychology, Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine, Poland
  • 2011–2016 Member of the research group Rights, Individuals, Culture and Society (directed by Anne Hellum), Faculty of Law, University of Oslo
  • 2009–2012 Independent researcher, working on projects for various NGOs and on a project on economic citizenship and equal parenthood funded by the Ministry of Education
  • 2007–2009 Researcher, Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo, on the project Work-sharing couples. A longitudinal study of men in change and intergenerational transmission, funded by the Research Council of Norway under the FRISAM programme
  • 2005–2006 Independent researcher (work-sharing couples, flexible organizations, distant management and gender equality), working for the Ministry of Children and Family Affairs and the Norwegian Public Roads Administration. Teaching sociology (gender equality, work and family) at the University of Oslo, where I also had a short-term position as a researcher to write the application for funding of the Work-sharing couples project to the Research Council of Norway.
  • 2000–2005 Researcher, Work Research Institute, Oslo, projects within the reorganization of the public sector, flexible organizations, distant management and gender equality.
  • 1997–2000 Researcher, Telemark Research Institute, Bø, evaluations and projects within the organization of public services, tele-work and cultural industry.
  • 1993–1995 Research fellow, Project for an Alternative Future (now the Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo), where I wrote my dissertation on financial institutions
  • 1991 Coordinator of an initiative to establish an interest-free bank in Norway (JAK), which failed due to Norway adapting to European regulations. Translated two books on an interest-free economy and on business and the environment from German (published by Cappelen).
  • 1983–1991 I worked as a civil servant with the Regional Development Fund (Innovation Norway) and the National Institute of Technology, and subsequently as a co-founder and partner in a consultancy (owned by four partners), promoting regional development and female entrepreneurship.
  • 1984 Journalist, radiOrakel

Other activities

  • 2017– Member of the advisory board of Rethinking Economics – Norway
  • 2015, 2016 Member of the Norwegian delegation, 59th and 60th sessions of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (appointed by the Foreign Minister)
  • 2014–2016 President, Norwegian Women’s Lobby
  • 2013–2016 President, Norwegian Association for Women’s Rights
  • 2013–2016 Editor-in-chief of the journal Kvinnesaksnytt
  • 2013–2017 Board member, International Alliance of Women
  • 2008–2009 National expert in the Exchange of good practices on gender equality, European Commission DG for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities

Thesis supervision, teaching, examination, peer reviewing, conference appointments

  • Main supervisor/co-supervisor of students at MA and cand.polit. (somewhere between MA and PhD) level in sociology, University of Oslo (since 2005); main supervisor of three cand.psychol. students (professional 6-year programme in clinical psychology) at the University of Oslo (since 2017); supervisor of students at MA level in peace, mediation and conflict research at Åbo Akademi University, international administration and global governance at the University of Gothenburg, and international social welfare and health policy and family therapy at Oslo Metropolitan University (from 2015); supervisor of PhD student at QUT School of Justice, QUT Faculty of Law (from 2017); co-supervisor of postdoctoral researcher (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowship) (from 2021); supervisor of students at BA level in interdisciplinary humanities, University of Oslo (2008). Completed theses:
    • Lena Mosblech (MA Gender Studies, University of Oslo, 2022, main supervisor): Universal Basic Income – New frontiers for Norwegian gender equality?
    • Zahra Dini (MA in Theory and Practice of Human Rights, University of Oslo, 2021): Norway’s legal obligations regarding gender based violence in asylum reception centers
    • Charlotte Hemmestad Ludt (MA International Administration and Global Governance, University of Gothenburg, 2020): Disclosures of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence: Credibility Assessment in the Norwegian Asylum System (affiliated with the project Violence against women migrants and refugees: analysing causes and effective policy response)
    • Carolina Buendia Sarmiento (MA Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research – Psychology, Åbo Akademi University, 2020): Female Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Norway: Agency and Victimisation from Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (affiliated with the project Violence against women migrants and refugees: analysing causes and effective policy response)
    • Nora Starheim Ruud (MA criminology, University of Oslo, 2020, informal supervision as project manager): Veien videre: Kvinnelige migranters handlekraft i veien ut av voldelige ekteskap (affiliated with the project Violence against women migrants and refugees: analysing causes and effective policy response)
    • Ingrid Bang-Olsen (cand.psychol., University of Oslo, 2018, main supervisor): «Det var dråpen»: Voldsutsatte kvinners oppbrudd fra voldelige parforhold
    • Sarah Petzl (MA International Social Welfare and Health Policy, Oslo Metropolitan University, 2016, main supervisor): Being in control or being controlled? A qualitative study to explore women’s empowerment in Eastern Nepal
    • Maria Elisabeth Holter (MA sociology, University of Oslo, 2014, co-supervisor): Arbeid/familie-tilpasninger i småbarnsfamilien
    • Marita Watne (MA sociology, University of Oslo, 2010, main supervisor): Fedre og barn: En kvalitativ studie av arbeiderklassefedre og barneomsorg
    • Knut Erik Aarvold (cand.polit. sociology, University of Oslo, 2006, co-supervisor): Striden om barnets beste
  • Teaching qualitative methods (PSY4110) at the Department of Psychology, University of Oslo (2019); sociology at the University of Oslo, including SOS 2403 Likestilling i et samfunnsvitenskapelig perspektiv and SOS 4904 Family, work and welfare in late modernity (ERASMUS) (2005–2006); NORINT 0500 Norwegian Life and Society (since 2009) at the University of Oslo; family sociology at VID Specialized University (2019); “Bunad [traditional costume] and society”, the National Council of Folk Costumes in Norway/University of Bergen/NTNU (2000–2009); teaching feminist economics, Nord University (several courses since 2014, partially in cooperation with the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions); developing and teaching courses on entrepreneurship and leadership aimed at women, Norwegian Institute of Technology/own consultancy
  • Member of assessment committees for promotion to full professor in sociology at Nord University (2022) and the University of Stavanger (2023)
  • Member of PhD assessment committee (Arctic studies), University of Greenland (2020; Mariekathrine Poppel: Mænds vold mod kvinder i samliv); external examiner in sociology (BA and MA level; since 1997), psychology (MA level), criminology (MA level), human rights (MA level) and gender studies (MA level), University of Oslo; external examiner in sociology (MA level), Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • External reviewer for Sociology; The Sociological Review; Men and Masculinities; Qualitative Research; Qualitative Sociology; Gender, Work & Organization; Journal of Gender Studies; Fathering: A Journal of Theory, Research, and Practice about Men as Fathers; Norma: International Journal for Masculinity Studies; The Journal of Men’s Studies; Sex Roles; Sex Education; Equal Opportunities International/Equality, Diversity and Inclusion; Womens’s Studies International Forum; Applied Psychology: An International Review; Scandinavian Journal of Hospitality and Tourism; Nordic Journal of Social Research; Tidsskrift for samfunnsforskning; Distinktion: Scandinavian Journal of Social Theory; Sosiologi i dag (Sociology Today), YOUNG and Tidsskrift for ungdomsforskning (Norwegian Journal of Youth Research)
  • Member of the scientific committee of the conference Women and men facing everyday challenges: Work and life demands in the context of gender, Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine/Norwegian Social Research (NOVA)/Policy and Social Research, Łódź, Poland, 19–21 May 2016; member of the organizational committee for the conference Mothers and the Economy: The Economics of Mothering, MIRCI, 21–24 October 2010, Toronto, Canada



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