MEES, PhD, PhD
|President of the Norwegian Association for Women's Rights|
|Preceded by||Torild Skard|
|Succeeded by||Marit Nybakk|
|President of the Norwegian Women's Lobby|
|Succeeded by||Gunhild Vehusheia|
|Born||9 October 1958
|Occupation||Research Professor at the Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies|
Margunn Bjørnholt (born 9 October 1958 in Bø, Telemark) is a Norwegian sociologist and economist. She is a Research Professor at the Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies (NKVTS). Her current research focuses primarily on gender-based violence, work, family and gender equality, men and masculinities, and migration. Other research fields include financial institutions, management and organization, feminist economics, and cultural sociology. She is a former President of the Norwegian Association for Women's Rights and the Norwegian Women's Lobby.
Background and career
She studied politics, contemporary history, regional planning and economics, and holds a cand.mag. degree from the University of Tromsø (1981), an MA in European economic studies from the College of Europe in Bruges (1981–1982), a mag.art. (PhD equivalent) in economic sociology from the University of Oslo (1995), with a dissertation on microfinance, ethical and interest-free banking, a fil.dr. (PhD) in gender studies from Örebro University (2014), with the dissertation Modern Men on men's work–family arrangements, intergenerational transmission and social change, and full professor competence in gender studies (2015).
She has previously worked at the Regional Development Fund (now Innovation Norway), at the National Institute of Technology, and as a partner in a consultancy, promoting regional development and entrepreneurship, with a particular emphasis on female entrepreneurship. From 1993 she was affiliated with the Project for an Alternative Future, a research project at what is now the Centre for Development and the Environment at the University of Oslo. Since 1997 she has worked as a researcher at Telemark Research Institute, the Work Research Institute and the Department of Sociology and Human Geography at the University of Oslo. She is now a Research Professor at the Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies (NKVTS).
She has been a visiting scholar at the Feminism and Legal Theory Project at Emory University School of Law and at the GEXcel Center of Gender Excellence, and has served as a national expert on gender equality to the European Commission DG for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities.
Her research interests encompass ethical banking and microfinance, organisational and spatial flexibility in the public sector, management, gender equality, work–family arrangements, qualitative research methods and cultural sociology. She is an expert on men's role and agency in social change towards more egalitarian work–family arrangements.
In recent years her research has focused on fathers and sons, and she has carried out a follow-up study 30 years later of Erik Grønseth's pioneering, experimental gender equality research from the 1970s, which studied gendered patterns of breadwinning and care. Another focus is the cultural adaptations and transnational practices of Polish emigrants to Norway, and how migration leads to social change. She currently heads a research project on intimate partner violence with emphasis on gender, gender equality and power at NKVTS, which is funded by the Ministry of Justice and Public Security.
She was co-editor, with the Scottish economist Ailsa McKay, of the 2014 book Counting on Marilyn Waring: New Advances in Feminist Economics. The book was described by Alison Preston as "a timely reminder of the politics and economics underpinning what, how and by whom activities are valued." According to Choice, the book explores "a wide range of issues—including the fundamental meaning of economic growth and activity to consumption, health care, mortality, unpaid household work, mothering, education, nutrition, equality, and sustainability" and reveals "the breadth, depth, and substance that can grow from innovative ideas and critical analysis." Diane Elson argues that "despite many valiant efforts, women do not as yet really count in the conduct of economic policy. This book is an imaginative contribution to an ongoing struggle."
Civic and political activities
She was involved in the ethical banking movement in the 1990s as chair of a working group attempting to start a bank in Norway modelled after JAK Members Bank in Sweden. She has been President of the Norwegian Association for Women's Rights (2013–2016), President of the Norwegian Women's Lobby (2014–2016), and board member of the International Alliance of Women (2013–2016). She was a journalist for the feminist radio station radiOrakel in the early 1980s, and she was a candidate for the Green Party in the 2015 elections.
- Bjørnholt, M. (2014). Modern Men : A Norwegian 30-Year Longitudinal Study of Intergenerational Transmission and Social Change. Örebro Studies in Gender Research, 3. ISBN 978-91-7529-027-0.
- Bjørnholt, M.; McKay, A. (2014). "Advances in Feminist Economics in Times of Economic Crisis." In M. Bjørnholt and A. McKay (eds.), Counting on Marilyn Waring. New Advances in Feminist Economics (pp. 7–20). Bradford: Demeter Press. ISBN 9781927335277.
- Bjørnholt, M.; McKay, A. (eds) (2014). Counting on Marilyn Waring. New Advances in Feminist Economics. Bradford: Demeter Press. With a foreword by Julie A. Nelson. ISBN 9781927335277.
- Bjørnholt, M. (2014). "Changing men, changing times; fathers and sons from an experimental gender equality study" (PDF). The Sociological Review. 62 (2): 295–315. doi:10.1111/1467-954X.12156.
- Bjørnholt, M. (2014). "Theorising love, work and family in early Norwegian family research and today." In A.G. Jónasdóttir and A. Ferguson (eds), Love—A Question for Feminism in the Twenty-First Century. London/New York: Routledge (Routledge Advances in Feminist Studies and Intersectionality). ISBN 0415704294.
- Bjørnholt, M. (2013). "The vulnerability approach: A way of bridging the equality–difference dilemma?" (PDF). Retfærd: Nordic Journal of Law and Justice. 36 (3): 25–44.
- Bjørnholt, M.; Farstad, G.R. (2012). "‘Am I rambling?’ On the advantages of interviewing couples together" (PDF). Qualitative Research. 14 (1): 3–19. doi:10.1177/1468794112459671.
- Bjørnholt, M. (2012). "From Work-Sharing Couples to Equal Parents. Changing Perspectives of Men and Gender Equality". In Krekula, C.; Åberg, M.; Samuelsson, M.J. Gender and Change. Power, Politics and Everyday Practices. Karlstad: Karlstad University Press. ISBN 978-91-86637-05-7.
- Bjørnholt, M. (2011). "How Men Became the Local Agents of Change towards Gender Equality" (PDF). Journal of Gender Studies. 20 (1): 3–18. doi:10.1080/09589236.2010.514210.
- Bjørnholt, M. (2010). "Like Father, Like Son? The Transmission of Values, Family Practices and Work-Family Adaptations to Sons of Work-Sharing Men" (PDF). Fathering: A Journal of Theory, Research and Practice about Men as Fathers. 8 (3): 276–299. doi:10.3149/fth.0803.276.
- Bjørnholt, M. (2010). "Part-Time Work and the Career and Life Choices of the Men from the Work-Sharing Couples Study" (PDF). Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. 29 (6): 573–592. doi:10.1108/02610151011067513.
- Bjørnholt, M. (2010). "Den norske likedelingsmodellen. Fra samfunnskritikk til hegemonisk styringsmodell" (PDF). Sosiologi i dag. 40 (1–2): 35–56.
- Bjørnholt, M. (2009). "Fathers and sons. Gender socialization and intergenerational transmission revisited" (PDF). Nordic Journal for Masculinity Studies. 4 (1): 83–102.
- Bjørnholt, M. (2009). "Norwegian Work-Sharing Couples Project 30 years later. Revisiting an experimental research project for gender equality in the family" (PDF). Equal Opportunities International. 28 (4): 304–323. doi:10.1108/02610150910954773.
- Heen, H.; Bjørnholt, M.; Knudsen, W. (2008). "Distance work: in the intersection between technology, politics and organization". Journal of E-Working. 2 (1): 1–11.
- Bjørnholt, M.; Knudsen, W.; Lissner, T. (2005). "Gender and distant work relations." In M. Cunningham and P. Cunningham (eds), Innovation and the knowledge economy. Amsterdam, Berlin, Oxford, Tokyo, Washington DC: IOS Press. ISBN 978-1-58603-563-1.
- Knudsen, W.; Bjørnholt, M.; Lissner, T. (2004). "New public management and distant work." In M. Cunningham and P. Cunningham (eds), eAdoption and the knowledge economy. Amsterdam, Berlin, Oxford, Tokyo, Washington DC: IOS Press. ISBN 1-58603-470-7.
- Bjørnholt, M. (1995). Pengene mot strømmen; alternative finansieringsorganisasjoner. Oslo: University of Oslo. ISBN 82-570-0438-3.
- Dieter Mahncke, Léonce Bekemans, Robert Picht, eds. (1999). The College of Europe. Fifty Years of Service to Europe, College of Europe, Bruges, ISBN 9080498319
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- Board, International Alliance of Women
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