Margunn Bjørnholt

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Margunn Bjørnholt
Margunn Bjørnholt (cropped).jpeg
President of the Norwegian Association for Women's Rights
In office
Preceded by Torild Skard
Succeeded by Marit Nybakk
President of the Norwegian Women's Lobby
In office
Succeeded by Gunhild Vehusheia
Personal details
Born 9 October 1958
Bø, Telemark
Nationality Norwegian
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[edit]

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),[1] a (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,[2][3] and full professor competence in gender studies (2015).[3]

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).[4]

She has been a visiting scholar at the Feminism and Legal Theory Project at Emory University School of Law[5] 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.[3]


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.[6] She is an expert on men's role and agency in social change towards more egalitarian work–family arrangements.[7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15]

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.[8][9][11][12][13][16][17] Another focus is the cultural adaptations and transnational practices of Polish emigrants to Norway, and how migration leads to social change.[18] 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.[19][20]

She was co-editor, with the Scottish economist Ailsa McKay, of the 2014 book Counting on Marilyn Waring: New Advances in Feminist Economics.[21][22] 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."[23] 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."[24]

Civic and political activities[edit]

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),[25][26] President of the Norwegian Women's Lobby (2014–2016),[27] and board member of the International Alliance of Women (2013–2016).[28] 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.[29]

Selected publications[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Dieter Mahncke, Léonce Bekemans, Robert Picht, eds. (1999). The College of Europe. Fifty Years of Service to Europe, College of Europe, Bruges, ISBN 9080498319
  2. ^ Modern men: A Norwegian 30-year longitudinal study of intergenerational transmission and social change,
  3. ^ a b c "Margunn Bjørnholt". Policy and Social Research. Retrieved 22 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "Bjørnholt, Margunn". Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies. Retrieved 25 February 2016. 
  5. ^ "Margunn Bjørnholt". Emory University. Retrieved 15 April 2012. 
  6. ^ "Margunn Bjørnholt". Expert database for gender research. Research Council of Norway. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  7. ^ "Margunn Bjørnholt". Retrieved 15 April 2012. 
  8. ^ a b Anita Haslie (14 September 2010). "A Successful Work-Life Balance". Research Council of Norway Information Centre for Gender Research in Norway. Retrieved 15 April 2012. 
  9. ^ a b Belinda Luscombe (18 October 2010). "Week-On, Week-Off Parenting". TIME Magazine. Retrieved 15 April 2012. 
  10. ^ Belinda Luscombe (22 September 2010). "A Crazy 40-Year-Old Experiment Suggests Work-Life Balance Is Possible". TIME Healthland. Retrieved 15 April 2012. 
  11. ^ a b Johnny Gimmestad (3 October 2010). "Vekker oppsikt internasjonalt". Aftenposten. Archived from the original on 6 October 2010. Retrieved 15 April 2012. 
  12. ^ a b Bosse Parbring (2011). "Delat föräldraskap, delad arbetstid". NIKK magasin. Nordic Gender Institute. 2011 (1). Retrieved 15 April 2012. 
  13. ^ a b Linn Stalsberg (2011). "En krympet likestillingsdebatt". Forskningsmagasinet Apollon. University of Oslo. 2011 (1). Retrieved 15 April 2012. 
  14. ^ Linn Hanssen (4 June 2006). "Likestilling er bra for kjærligheten". Dagbladet. Retrieved 15 April 2012. 
  15. ^ Beret Bråten (29 November 2005). "Delte arbeid ute og hjemme". Research Council of Norway Information Centre for Gender Research in Norway. Retrieved 15 April 2012. 
  16. ^ Gimmestad, Johnny (5 September 2010). "Det lønner seg for far å stelle hjemme". Aftenposten. 
  17. ^ Ingeborg Moe (12 December 2005). "Tenk nytt om tidsklemma". Dagbladet. pp. 1, 16, 17. 
  18. ^ "EFFECT: Cross-national Polish–Norwegian project on work–life balance". Policy and Social Research. Retrieved 22 February 2014. 
  19. ^ Gir 50 millioner til forskning på vold i nære relasjoner, Aftenposten
  20. ^ "CRIStin Projects". CRIStin. Retrieved 25 February 2016. 
  21. ^ Kristin Marie Skaar (24 May 2014). "– Klart vi kan jobbe mindre". 
  22. ^ Langeland, Terje (18 June 2013). "Women Unaccounted for in Global Economy Proves Waring Influence". 
  23. ^ Sullivan, T.E. (2014). "Review: Counting on Marilyn Waring: new advances in feminist economics". Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries. 52 (3): 52–1517. doi:10.5860/CHOICE.185300. 
  24. ^ Elson, Diane (2015). "Book Review: Counting on Marilyn Waring: new advances in feminist economics". Feminist Review. 109 (1): e9–e11. doi:10.1057/fr.2014.58. Retrieved 25 February 2015. 
  25. ^ "Mannsforsker ny leder i Norsk Kvinnesaksforening". Aftenposten. 2014-05-11. 
  26. ^ "Amal Aden tildelt Gina Krog-prisen". Adresseavisen. 2016-05-21. 
  27. ^ "Norsk kvinnebevegelse slår seg sammen i ny lobby". Kureren. 29 January 2014. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  28. ^ Board, International Alliance of Women
  29. ^ Han topper Bærums grønne, Budstikka, 26 November 2014

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