Tora Aasland (born November 6, 1942, in Skien) is a Norwegian politician for the Socialist Left Party. She served as the Minister of Research and Higher Education from 18 October 2007 to 23 March 2012. She was a member of the Norwegian Parliament, representing Akershus, from 1985 to 1993. From 1993 to 2007, she served as governor of Rogaland.
Aasland was a deputy member of the executive committee of Nesodden municipality council during the terms 1975–1979 and 1979–1983.
Aasland has a cand.sociol. degree in sociology and was a researcher at the Norwegian Institute for Social Research from 1976 to 1982, and its acting director from 1980 to 1981. She has cited Vilhelm Aubert as her largest influence.
- Jakobsen, Siw Ellen (19 December 2007). "Drømmejobben!". Forskning.no (in Norwegian). Retrieved 1 December 2008.
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