Background and activities

I work as an assistant professor in counselling science at the Department of Education and Life-Long Learning. Here, I teach and supervise in both bachelor, master and further education programs. I teach themes such as group development, ethics and professionality, existential-humanistic theory, phenomenology, and values and choice processes within career guidance. 

My doctoral thesis is about coaching leadership and has the title: "When coaching flows into leadership: A phenomenological-hermeneutical study of leaders' lived experience of coaching leadership". In this research I have looked into leaders' experience of using coaching as a part of their leadership. 

The existential-humanistic perspective is a core theoretical lense to me, both in the doctoral project and in other instances. Whether one focuses on coaching, mentoring, guidance, career counselling or other helping relations or processes I am interested in the conditions that foster good helping relations and experiences in individual and group contexts, and how qualities of the helping relationship might contribute to this. 

I am involved in several research projects with different foci. Together with several colleagues I am working on how we can offer students support in academic writing, both in practice and research. I am also involved in a research project related to the course Experts in Teams, where we look into conditions for collaboration in interdisciplinary teams. Furthermore I am working on a book about career guidance together with a colleague where we look into various aspects of testing and mapping as a part of the guidance process. 



Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database

Part of book/report

  • Kvalsund, Ragnvald; Roald, Gunhild Marie. (2019) Sjølvinnsikt i eit relasjonsperspektiv. Selvinnsikt og profesjonalitet.
  • Roald, Gunhild Marie. (2015) Coaching og coachende lederskap. Rådgivningsvitenskap Helhetlige rådgivningsprosesser: relasjonsdynamikk,vekst, utvikling og mangfold.


  • Roald, Gunhild Marie. (2009) Veiskillets metodikk - relasjonen og fellesskapet som grunnmur i boligsosialt arbeid. 2009.
  • Roald, Gunhild Marie. (2005) I fri flyt - en Q-metodologisk studie av flyt i arbeidsgrupper. 2005.