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.
- Violence against women migrants and refugees: analysing causes and effective policy response (2019–2022) – funded by GENDER-NET Plus ERA-NET Cofund (Horizon 2020/Research Council of Norway)
- Violence in Sámi communities (2019–) – funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security
- Intimate partner violence: gender, equality and power (2016–2019) – funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security
Most recent publications (full list)
- Gottzén, Lucas; Bjørnholt, Margunn; Boonzaier, Floretta (eds., forthcoming): Men, Masculinities and Intimate Partner Violence. London/New York: Routledge.
- Skjørten, Kristin; Bakketeig, Elisiv; Bjørnholt, Margunn; Mossige, Svein (eds., forthcoming): Familievold. Oslo: Universitetsforlaget.
- Bjørnholt, Margunn (forthcoming). The social dynamics of revictimisation and intimate partner violence: an embodied, gendered, institutional and life course perspective. Nordic Journal of Criminology
- Bjørnholt, Margunn; Hjemdal, Ole Kristian (2018). Measuring violence, mainstreaming gender; does adding harm make a difference? Journal of Gender-Based Violence, 2(3), 465–479. doi: 10.1332/239868018X15366982109807
- Bjørnholt, Margunn; Stefansen, Kari (2018). Same but different: Polish and Norwegian parents’ work–family adaptations in Norway. Journal of European Social Policy. doi: 10.1177/0958928718758824.
- Bjørnholt, Margunn; Stefansen, Kari; Wężyk, Agata; Merecz-Kot, Dorota (2017). The role of family policy regimes in work–family adaptations: Polish parents in Norway and Poland. Central and Eastern European Migration Review. doi: 10.17467/ceemr.2017.12.
- Bjørnholt, Margunn; Stefansen, Kari; Gashi, Liridona; Seeberg, Marie Louise (2017). Balancing acts: Policy frameworks and family care strategies in Norway. In Tomáš Sirovátka and Jana Válková (eds), Understanding Care Policies in Changing Times: Experiences and Lessons from the Czech Republic and Norway (pp. 161–184). Masaryk University Press/Centre for Studies of Democracy and Culture. Sociology Series. Volume No. 17. ISBN 978-80-7325-424-7.