Organisation

Several of Norway's ten universities have centres for gender studies. The vast majority of gender research is still carried out at mainstream, traditional departments - in sociology, history, law, medicine, theology, and technology. Gender research has also traditionally been strong at autonomous research institutes in Norway.

The gender research field in Norway has adopted a double strategy - integration into mainstream institutions and organisations, yet also the building up of institutions and organisations of its own.

At national level there are several organisations, networks and institutions within gender research that either promote or work for the research community, or conduct research themselves.

For example:

Kilden genderresearch.no is a national knowledge centre for gender perspectives and gender balance in research. Kilden genderresearch.no is responsible at the national level for promoting and informing about Norwegian gender research both within Norway and abroad. Kilden genderresearch.no also documents resources and activities within gender research in Norway.

On the Nordic level gender research in Norway is also presented through NIKK Nordic Information on Gender. Norwegian gender researchers and their organisations from Norway are part of many Nordic and international organisations, networks, projects, PhD programmes etc. Among these are the Nordic Association for Women's Studies and Gender Research and the European networks ATGENDER and WINE.

Resources for Gender Research

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Centre for Gender Research, Oslo

The Centre For Gender Reseach at the University of Oslo is the largest gender research centre in Norway and has existed since 1986. The Centre offers a bachelor programme and master programme in Gender Studies and courses in Gender Studies at BA, MA and Phd level, in close collaboration with other departments and faculties at the University of Oslo. 

Read more at Centre for Gender Research

Center for Gender Studies, Trondheim

The Center for Gender studies at NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology is an integral part of the Norwegian Gender Research field. It is a member of the National Association of Gender Studies and is connected to both Nordic and international research networks. The Center offers courses and programmes at Bachelor, Master's and PhD level. The Center for Gender studies also runs the university-wide, cross-disciplinary network NTNU GenderHub.

Read more at the Center for Gender Studies (SKF)

Centre for Women's and Gender Research, Bergen

The Centre for Women’s and Gender Research (SKOK) at the University of Bergen is an interdisciplinary research centre that aims to service all the faculties at the University of Bergen. SKOK’s main objective is to strengthen women’s and gender research at the university as well as other research communities, both nationally and internationally. SKOK also offers a bachelor program in gender studies, a one-year program in gender studies and doctoral education within the field.

Read more at the Centre for Women's and Gender Research (SKOK)

Fafo

Fafo is an independent and multidisciplinary research foundation who works within both a domestic Norwegian and larger international context. A key to Fafo’s work on gender issues is the mainstreaming of gender issues in social analysis. All projects have an explicit aim to include gender as variable in the analysis, in line with a general holistic perspective on living conditions.

Search for gender research at Fafo's website

KUN Centre for Equality and Diversity

KUN Centre for Equality and Diversity is a non-governmental organization. KUN has two offices located in Steigen and Steinkjer, Norway. They conduc research, run workshops, arrange courses, conferences, and study trips on a broad range of topics. The essence of their work is to provide perspectives for change, as well as to bridge the gap between research and practice, by cooperating with government agencies, counties, municipalities and various business associations.

Read more at KUN's website

Centre for Equality, Hamar

The Centre for Equality is an inter-disciplinary expertise centre that since its inception in 1983 has worked to address equality issues in all layers of Norwegian society. Our role is to create and communicate theoretical and practical knowledge relating to equality that can be applied by public authorities, private enterprises and volunteer-based organisations. We do this primarily through research, counselling, courses and workshops, and the publication of reports, analyses and issue briefs.

Read more at the Centre for Equality

News

Changing masculinity in Norwegian black metal

27.05.2020


In Norwegian black metal, monstrous images of hyper-masculinity is emphasised. This has given many fans power over their own identity.

Read more at genderresearch.no

The EU will support innovative women

28.04.2020

Innovation will be given greater focus in the ongoing EU effort to design the next research and innovation framework programme. This represents a good opportunity to improve the gender balance in innovation environments, says Anita Krohn Traaseth.

Read more at kifinfo.no

Why aren't Norwegian women having more than two children?

20.04.2020

The main reason for the low birth rates in Norway is not that the number of childless adults is increasing, but that fewer people who have two children choose to have a third.
 

Read more at sciencenorway.no

Men read as much as women, at least when it comes to audiobooks

16.04.2020

Men who subscribe to audiobook services listen as much, if not more, than women. That's good news, one professor says.

Read more at sciencenorway.no

Harassing humour begins among the officers

16.04.2020

Humour has an important function for solidarity and team spirit among conscripts in the military. According to researchers, however, it may also contribute to many women leaving the military after the compulsory military service.

Read more at genderresearch.no

Women’s travel behaviour make cities greener

02.04.2020

Planning cities for and with women can make the city both safer and more environment friendly, according to researchers.

Read more at genderresearch.no

Updated innovation concept means greater diversity

23.03.2020

Innovation has typically been thought of as involving patents, licences and start-ups. Today, innovation researchers have a far broader understanding of the concept, believes research leader Espen Solberg.

Read more at kifinfo.no

No discrimination against women whose CVs are as good as men’s

27.02.2020

Women and men in Norway have equal chances to move up professionally in academia as a whole. There are, however, a number of systematic differences, according to new study. 

Read more at kifinfo.no

Research on energy is not gender neutral

11.02.2020

"The meaning of gender perspectives in research is often reduced to just counting the number of men and women. This is a very shallow interpretation of the term. In order to create a better climate, we need to understand the people behind the energy habits," according to researcher.

Read more at genderresearch.no

Record-low birth rates in three Nordic countries

05.02.2020

The Nordic Council of Ministers publishes The State of the Nordic Region-report every other year. The 2020 report reveales that birth rates in Finland, Norway and Iceland are at record-low levels. 
 

Read more at norden.org

Silence about sexual harassment remains a problem in academia

31.01.2020

Two years after the #MeToo movement started, sexual harassment issues are still not included in the national Working Environment and Climate Surveys. The Ministry of Education and Research declines to take a stand.

Read more at kifinfo.no

Patriarchal structures an obstacle to women in politics in many countries

27.01.2020

– Most often the priviliged are the winners in politics, and who is priviliged depends on gender, says professor at Department of Comparatice Politicts at the University of Bergen Ragnhild Muriaas, who has lead the research project Money Talks. 

Read more at uib.no

Professors interviewed by Norwegian print media are usually men

10.01.2020

Only two out of ten professors interviewed were women in the two Norwegian print newspapers in 2016, according to results from a recent study. 

Read more at sciencenorway.no

English summary: The gender-segregated labour market at the workplace level

10.01.2020

The Norwegian labour market is clearly segregated by gender. Although women and men have approximately identical rates of labour force participation, they work in different professions, industries and sectors. Read the English summary of this Fafo-report about gender segregation in Norwegian the labour market.

Read more at fafo.no

English summary: Norwegians' attitudes towards gender equality, hate speech and the instruments of gender equality policy

10.01.2020

The research foundation Fafo routinely publish reports on gender related topics. Here is an English summary of their report on Norwegians' attitudes towards gender equality, hate speech and the instruments of gender equality policy from 2019.

Read more at fafo.no

Half of women with heart failure get the wrong treatment

03.01.2020

As many as 50 per cent of women suffering from cardiac arrest are given insufficient treatment, because the heart failure was not caused by a heart attack. Professor Eva Gerdts at the University of Bergen has has done research on difference in heart disease between men and women.

Read more at uib.no

– We must put women’s and men’s talents to use, regardless of ethnic background

17.12.2019

The Committee for Gender Balance and Diversity in Research (KIF Committee) are researchers, administrators and students at Norwegian universities, university colleges and research institutes. In this article the members explain what they see as the greatest gender equality and diversly challenges in academia.  
 

Read more at kifinfo.no

Gender equality in academia under pressure?

13.12.2019

Critical perspectives on the promotion of internationalization and excellence in academia were discussed at seminar hosted by NORDICORE – Nordic Centre for Research on Gender Equality in Research and Innovation. 

Read more at samfunnsforskning.no

– Of course Muslim feminists exist

12.12.2019

With her book about feminism in Islam, Marianne Hafnor Bøe not only aims to create awareness of Muslim feminists, she also wants to expand the term ‘feminism’.

Read more at Kilden genderresearch.no

Looking to reap the benefits of internationalization

20.11.2019

In recent years some have asked whether the ceiling has been reached for the number of foreigners in Norwegian academia. The Young Academy of Norway would rather have a debate on how to best take advantage of this new diversity.

Read more at kifinfo.no

– Europe wants more gender research

20.11.2019

Gender equality generates better results within research and innovation. In addition, EU bureaucrats argue that European research funding should be earmarked with specific requirements for gender perspectives.

Read more at Kilden genderresearch.no

Gender points can open new doors for men and women alike

31.10.2019

“The use of gender points is not just about lifting people over a point threshold they would not otherwise reach. It is also about sending a signal that women and men are both wanted in the programme,” says Research Director Liza Reisel.
 

Read more at kifinfo.no

– Gender issues are ridiculed and sabotaged in the military

25.10.2019

The masculine culture in the Norwegian Armed Forces is a democratic problem. This makes it difficult to work with issues related to gender, according to researcher. 

Read more at Kilden genderresearch.no

Children of immigrants stigmatized for choosing prestigious studies

18.10.2019

The children of immigrants are often met with the attitude that their choice of education has been dictated by social control. On the contrary, these sons and daughters are intent on making their own choices, says researcher Marianne Takvam Kindt.

Read more at kifinfo.no

Religious minority youth between patriarchy and gender equality

03.10.2019

Gender roles is a delicate topic for religious minority groups. Many of them accept traditional gender segregation in the religious community, but struggle with prejudices from the greater society, according to researcher.

Read more at Kilden genderresearch.no

New survey indicates urgent need for research on sexual harassment

23.09.2019

The results of the national survey on bullying and harassment in Norway’s higher education sector are finally in. But the reasons why harassment occurs remain unclear, according to the Committee for Gender Balance and Diversity in Research.

Read more at Kifinfo.no

Ending sexual harassment – a precondition for gender equality

16.09.2019

The Nordic co-operation Programme on Gender Equality 2019 - 2022 highlights efforts to combat sexual harassment as particular urgent. In this publication the Nordic co-operation body NIKK, Nordic Information on Gender, summarize some of the current initiatives and measures being taken in the Nordic countries to end sexual harassment. 

Read more at NIKK – Nordic Information on Gender and Nordic Council of Ministers

– Women’s historical contributions are still ignored, says professor

11.09.2019

Traditionally men have been the main figures of history, but what do we know about women's history and why is it important? Kilden has asked four Norwegian historians about their relation to women’s history. 

Read more at Kilden genderresearch.no

Feminist scientists criticise gender bias in the tech industry

06.09.2019

Whatever you find when you google depends on the people who have developed the algorithms. American researcher fears enhanced sexism and racism unless the IT sector begins to promote diversity.

Read more at Kilden genderresearch.no

Men are more often than women fooled by placebo

26.03.2019

It was not until the 1990s that researchers fully began to include both genders in health research. Sara Magelssen Vambheim has contributed with valuable new insights in her study of gender differences in pain experiences.

Read more in the newsmagazine at Kilden genderresearch.no.

The EU raises the standard of Norwegian gender equality policies

22.05.2019

That the EU affects Norwegian gender equality policies has mostly proven to be a good thing. But an individual-oriented policy puts pressure on the social democratic approach, say researchers.

Read more in the newsmagazine at Kilden genderresearch.no.

Minority girls in need of a more uniform child welfare system

27.01.2019

Do the Norwegian child welfare service succeed in helping young girls from minority backgrounds who experience strong social control and violence at home? Researchers found that measures should be taken to ensure greater knowledge of and trust in the service, aimed at young people.

Read more at sciencenordic.com

New booklet: What is the Gender Dimension in Research?

19.12.2018

In the booklet «What is the Gender Dimension in Research?» Kilden genderresearch.no presents case studies from a variety of scientific fields.The book is made to help and inspire researchers who wish to apply a gender dimension in their research.

Read more at Kilden genderresearch.no

OPINION: The gender dimension should be broadly integrated in research

13.12.2018

The quality of research designed to solve our time’s social challenges is strengthened when the gender dimension is included, writes John-Arne Røttingen, director of The Research Council of Norway.

Read more at Kilden genderresearch.no

Intelligent robots may strengthen gender norms

30.11.2018

Machines and technology increasingly fill more and more human functions. According to researchers, society’s gender roles affect the development of robots and artificial intelligence, but technology may also shape ideas about gender.

Read more at Kilden genderresearch.no

European gender scholars unite in resistance against right-wing attacks

19.11.2018

How are Hungarian, Polish and Swedish gender scholars responding to criticism and campaigns to discredit their work? Not only do they emphasize the intrinsic value of gender studies - they also use humour to counter the anti-gender campaigns.

Read more at Kilden genderresearch.no

Knowledge about gender needs decolonising

23.10.2018

The legacy from colonialism characterises Norwegian academia. Now, Norwegian researchers want to examine their own disciplines and include non-western perspectives in the academic institutions’ scholarly production.

Read more at Kilden genderresearch.no

Domestic violence is a gendered problem

17.10.2018

The way in which we understand violence against women has changed, according to researcher Linda Sjåfjell. It used to be perceived as a gender equality problem, whereas today we explain it in more individual terms.

Read more at Kilden genderresearch.no

#MeToo kick starts Nordic research on sexual harassment

12.10.2018

We have asked stakeholders in the sector about the status of research on sexual harassment in Nordic academia in the wake of #MeToo.

Read more at Kifinfo.no

Podcast: A threat to academic freedom is a threat to women’s rights

19.11.2018

Academic freedom is threatened by authoritarian right-wing populism in countries in Europe and Latin America. Listen to a podcast discussing why this matters to women's rights.

Read more at Kilden genderresearch.no

Sexual harassment is about masculine power

17.01.2018

The #metoo campaign has shown that sexual harassment in the workplace is a large-scale societal problem. Now, researchers want to change focus from spicy stories to constructive debate on sexuality and power.

17.01.2018

Read more at Kilden genderresearch.no

Body-image pressure, school and worries make more girls mentally ill

13.03.2018

More and more young girls seek help for mental problems. “Generally, girls take things more seriously than boys. This applies to school, friends and family," says researcher Anders Bakken.

Read more at Kilden genderresearch.no

The contraceptive pill: A story of sexual liberation and dubious research methods

07.02.2018

In 1967, Norwegian women were finally allowed to decide for themselves when to get pregnant. The contraceptive pill has had enormous significance for women’s emancipation, but researchers doubt whether it would have been approved today.

Read more at Kilden genderresearch.no

Project explores the neo-liberal turn in the Nordic welfare states

16.01.2018

The Nordic welfare states have in recent decades been challenged by neo-liberal ideals. How does this affect the gender equality and the status of care work? This will be explored in a new Nordic research project.

Read more at NIKK - Nordic Information on Gender

Major gender gap in health research

19.06.2018

Women’s bodies are different from men’s. We need more knowledge to better understand women’s health, says medical doctor and Professor Johanne Sundby. She finds support in a new report on the same topic.

Read more at Kilden genderresearch.no

Women with reduced functional abilities are considered asexual

22.03.2018

To participate in the labour market and to have a family are things most people take for granted. Women with functional disabilities are deprived of many opportunities. The explanation may be both functional ability and gender, according to researcher.

Read more at Kilden genderresearch.no