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 is a national knowledge centre for gender perspectives and gender balance in research. Kilden is responsible at the national level for promoting and informing about Norwegian gender research both within Norway and abroad. Kilden 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 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


Religious minority youth between patriarchy and gender equality


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

New survey indicates urgent need for research on sexual harassment


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.


Ending sexual harassment – a precondition for gender equality


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


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

Feminist scientists criticise gender bias in the tech industry


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

Men are more often than women fooled by placebo


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

The EU raises the standard of Norwegian gender equality policies


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

Minority girls in need of a more uniform child welfare system


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.


New booklet: What is the Gender Dimension in Research?


In the booklet «What is the Gender Dimension in Research?» Kilden 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

OPINION: The gender dimension should be broadly integrated in research


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

Intelligent robots may strengthen gender norms


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

European gender scholars unite in resistance against right-wing attacks


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

Knowledge about gender needs decolonising


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

Domestic violence is a gendered problem


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

#MeToo kick starts Nordic research on sexual harassment


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


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


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

Sexual harassment is about masculine power


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.


Read more at Kilden

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


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

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


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

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


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


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

Women with reduced functional abilities are considered asexual


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