Professor Margunn Bjørnholt

Research Professor, NKVTS / Professor of Sociology, University of Bergen
Main affiliation: NKVTS

Sexual and gender-based violence Migrants and refugees Gender equality Policy studies

Margunn Bjørnholt is a sociologist and economist. She is a Research Professor at the Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies (NKVTS) and a Professor of Sociology at the University of Bergen.

Her current research focuses on sexual and gender-based violence against women migrants and refugees, and violence in Sámi communities. She has also published widely on men and masculinities, 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 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 Project for an Alternative Future (Centre for Development and the Environment), the Work Research Institute and the University of Oslo. She is a former President of the Norwegian Association for Women’s Rights and has served as an independent expert on gender equality to the European Commission.

She has taught and supervised students in sociology, psychology, law (human rights), criminology, political science, global governance and peace and conflict studies.

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