Background and activities

The primary research interest since the late 1980s has been disability research, and in particular research that are policy relevant. Most of my research has a profile named problemoriented empiricisms - that is, practical empirical research on sosial problems. I have addressed topics such as integration and deinstitutionalisation, children and adults, education and employment, and social reforms. I have been a member of three public committtes addressing disability policies, was a member of the Equalisation and discrimination tribunal for gour years, and chaired the Norwegian State Council on Disablity for four years. 

Scientific, academic and artistic work

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Journal publications


  • Tøssebro, Jan. (2019) Hverdag i velferdstatens bofellesskap. Universitetsforlaget. 2019. ISBN 978-82-15-03238-2.
  • Tøssebro, Jan; Wendelborg, Christian. (2014) Oppvekst med funksjonshemming. Gyldendal Akademisk. 2014. ISBN 978-82-05-45898-7.
  • Tøssebro, Jan. (2010) hva er funksjonshemming. Universitetsforlaget. 2010. ISBN 9788215014227.
  • Tøssebro, Jan. (2009) Funksjonshemming - politikk, hverdagsliv og arbeidsliv. Universitetsforlaget. 2009. ISBN 978-82-15-01439-5.

Part of book/report

  • Tøssebro, Jan; Wendelborg, Christian. (2019) Disability. Children’s Rights in Norway: An Implementation Paradox?.
  • Tøssebro, Jan; Wendelborg, Christian. (2018) Idealer og realiteter - perspektiv og eksempel fra forskning om funksjonshemming. Marginalitet,sårbarhet, mestring. Metodiske utfordringer i praksisnær forskning.
  • Siska, Jan; Beadle-Brown, Julie; Kanova, Sarka; Tøssebro, Jan. (2017) Active Citizenship through community living : a muliti-level perspective. The Changing Disability Policy System: Active Citizenship and Disability in Europe Volume 1.
  • Tøssebro, Jan; Hvinden, Bjørn. (2017) Operational definitions of disability: Usable in comparative research on Active Citizenship?. The Changing Disability Policy System: Active Citizenship and Disability in Europe Volume 1.
  • Tøssebro, Jan. (2015) Disabled Children and Welfare Policy en the Nordic Countries : Historical Notes. Childhood and Disability in the Nordic Countries : Being, Becoming, Belonging.