Research

My research interests are manifold and span gender-based violence, migration and social change, men and masculinities, organisation, and a number of other topics.

I started out in economic sociology in the early 1990s, studying alternative financial institutions from the perspective of social movement and new institutional theories, resulting in the dissertation Pengene mot strømmen (Money against the stream). From the late 1990s my main focus was on management and organisational change in the public sector, especially organisational and spatial flexibility. An additional, albeit small, research interest of mine is the material, institutional and symbolic production and contemporary use of cultural heritage.

From the 2000s I have published extensively on changes over time and generations in men’s work–family practices and gender relations, resulting in my second dissertation Modern Men. My interest in work–family issues and gender equality also led me to theories of social justice, the welfare state, human rights, feminist economics, and policy studies. I have also studied Polish migration to Norway and how migration contributes to social change. Over the last years my research has focused mainly on questions of gender, violence and power. I am currently involved in a research project on sexual and gender-based violence against women migrants and refugees.

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.

Current projects

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