Personal profile


I am professor in Health and Society and a member of the research group studying Health Promotion and Health Strategies, an interdisciplinary research environment for critical health studies at the Department of People and Tecnology. My research interests comprise the welfare state, new welfare political governance, welfare relationships between health-care professionals and users/patients, marginalized citizens, care and care work, ageing, migration and new types of citizen involvement and partnerships.

I am primarily using qualitative methods and doing ethnographic field studies but interested in mixed methods too.

Management and Cooperation

I participate in research cooperation in Nordic countries and the United Kingdom regarding implications of paradigm shifts, particularly related to old age care. I also hold the position of professor II at the University of Bergen, Department of Sociology.


I am the head of the Master's programme in Health Promotion and I am teaching here and at the Master's programme in Health Promotion and Health Strategies in courses about conditions for health initiatives, societal perspectives on health and disease, and health promotion interventions and cooperation.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Cand.polit. Sociology, University of Bergen

Dr.polit. Sociology, University of Bergen

External positions

Professor II, University of Bergen

1 Aug 202031 Jul 2023

External examinator, Censorkorpset for Folkesundhedsvidenskab og relaterede sundhedsuddannelser

1 Apr 201831 Mar 2026


  • Welfare state, Welfare society
  • Social policy
  • Welfare services
  • Welfare relations
  • Care work
  • Work and gender
  • User involvement
  • Ageing
  • Old age care
  • Migration
  • Disability services
  • Qualitative methods
  • Everyday life
  • Life history

Publication network

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