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Margunn Bjørnholt is a sociologist and a Research Professor at the Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies (NKVTS).
Her current research focuses on questions of gender, violence and power, including sexual and gender-based violence against women migrants and refugees. She has also published widely on changes over time and generations in men’s work–family practices and gender relations, and on migration and social change. Her research fields also include ethical banking, management and organisational change in the public sector, the welfare state, theories of social justice, human rights, and policy studies.
She holds an MA in European economic studies from the College of Europe, a PhD (mag.art.) in economic sociology from the University of Oslo with a dissertation on microfinance and ethical banking, and a PhD in gender studies from Örebro University with the dissertation Modern Men, which draws on sociological and social psychological perspectives on intergenerational transmission and social change. She has a broad background as an academic, a civil servant, a consultant and a leader in the NGO sector, and has formerly worked at the Regional Development Fund, the National Institute of Technology, the Work Research Institute and the University of Oslo. She is a former President of the Norwegian Association for Women’s Rights and the Norwegian Women’s Lobby, and has served as an independent expert on gender equality to the European Commission.
Current and recent projects
- Violence against women migrants and refugees: analysing causes and effective policy response (2019–2022) – NKVTS – funded by GENDER-NET Plus ERA-NET Cofund (Horizon 2020/RCN)
- Violence in Sámi communities (2019–) – NKVTS – funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security
- Intimate partner violence: gender, equality and power (2016–2019) – NKVTS – funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security
- Children left behind abroad (2018–2019) – ORES with Oslo Economics – funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Education
- EFFECT (2012–2016) – ORES with NOVA – funded by Norway Grants
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): Vold i nære relasjoner: Fra privat problem til offentlig ansvar. Oslo: Universitetsforlaget.
- Bjørnholt, Margunn (2019). The social dynamics of revictimization and intimate partner violence: an embodied, gendered, institutional and life course perspective. Nordic Journal of Criminology. doi: 10.1080/14043858.2019.1568103
- 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.