Dr Margunn Bjørnholt

ORES Director / Research Professor, NKVTS
+47 995 58 926
Expertise: Sexual and gender-based violence / Migration / Refugees / Men and Masculinities

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.

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