Background and activities

Marko Valenta is a sociologist and works as  Professor at the Department of Social work (ISA) at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), in Trondheim, Norway. He leads the research group for migration and welfare studies at NTNU-ISA.  

Valenta did his graduate work in Sociology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology where he also received his Ph.D. in Sociology. He is author and co-editor of 4 books, among others,  ‘Ethnic Minorities and Politics in Post-Socialist Southeastern Europe’ published by Cambridge University Press in 2016 (Co-edited with Sabrina P. Ramet). He has also written more than 100 research reports, book chapters and journal articles published in leading journals on ethnicity and migrations such as Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, International Migration, Journal of Refugee Studies, Ethnic and Racial Studies, International Social Work, Symbolic Interaction and Ethnicities.

Valenta has been involved in several research projects in Norway, Bosnia, Croatia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Singapore and Ghana. His research interests are sociology of ethnicity and public policies, migration and integration and asylum policies and work with reception, integration and return of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees.

He is a member of the European IMISCOE (International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion). He is also member of Nordic IMER network and works with strengthening of IMER network for Southeastern Europe, and the network for comparative migration research. Valenta has a long experience with teaching and supervising students at all levels. He teaches in several subjects (such as migration and public policies, ethnic relations, qualitative method and social problems). He has also been involved in organization and implementation of several national and international conferences, MA/PhD courses and workshops.


Ongoing projects:

Permanence and temporariness: Duration of stay of labour immigrants in the UAE and Singapore

Armed conflicts and the dynamics of refugee migrations: Conceptualizing Syrian refugee migrations.

The nexus of migration and the tourist industry: Experiences from Croatia

Transnational practices and serial migrations between South Asia and the Middle East






Scientific, academic and artistic work

Displaying a selection of activities. See all publications in the database

Journal publications


  • Ramet, Sabrina Petra; Valenta, Marko. (2016) Ethnic Minorities and Politics in Post-Socialist Southeastern Europe. Cambridge University Press. 2016. ISBN 978-1-107-15912-9.
  • Valenta, Marko; Berg, Berit. (2012) Asylsøker: i velferdsstatens venterom. Universitetsforlaget. 2012. ISBN 978-82-15-01993-2.
  • Valenta, Marko; Ramet, Sabrina Petra. (2011) The Bosnian Diaspora: Integration in transnational communties. Ashgate. 2011. ISBN 978-1-4094-1252-6.
  • Valenta, Marko. (2009) Valenta, M. (2009): Finding friends after resettlement. Social networks and everyday life of Immigrants in Norway. Saarbrücken. VDM Verlag. VDM Verlag Dr. Müller Aktiengesellschaft & Co. KG. 2009. ISBN 3639144643.
  • Lauritsen, Kirsten; Valenta, Marko. (2006) Det globale i det lokale : håndbok basert på erfaringer fra Flerkulturelt kunnskaps- og kompetansesenter i Hedmark. 2006.

Part of book/report

  • Zuparic Iljic, Drago; Valenta, Marko. (2019) Opportunistic Humanitarianism and Securitization Discomfort Along the Balkan Corridor: The Croatian Experience. Refugee Protection and Civil Society in Europe.
  • Župarić-Iljić, Drago; Valenta, Marko. (2019) “Refugee Crisis” in the Southeastern European Countries: The Rise and Fall of the Balkan Corridor. The Oxford Handbook of Migration Crises.
  • Strabac, Zan; Valenta, Marko. (2016) Social distance toward ethnic minorities in Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia and Kosovo: A Comparative Analysis. Ethnic Minorities and Politics in Post-Socialist Southeastern Europe.
  • Valenta, Marko; Gregurovic, Snjezana; Strabac, Zan. (2016) Ethnic boundaries and the position of minority Groups in Croatian Istria. Ethnic Minorities and Politics in Post-Socialist Southeastern Europe.
  • Valenta, Marko; Ramet, Sabrina Petra. (2016) Situating Ethnic Minorities in Post-Socialist Southeastern Europe. Ethnic Minorities and Politics in Post-Socialist Southeastern Europe.
  • Kalkman, Kris; Hopperstad, Marit Holm; Valenta, Marko. (2015) It takes more than just saying hello. Recently arrived migrant children`s multimodal access strategies, and social positioning work in a Norwegian Kindergarten. Lek og samspill i et mangfoldsperspektiv.
  • Strabac, Zan; Valenta, Marko. (2015) Etniske minoriteter:Variasjoner i velferd og arbeidstilknytning. Den norske modellen: Internasjonalisering som utfordring og vitalisering.
  • Valenta, Marko; Strabac, Zan. (2013) Bosnians in Norway: Integration of Bosnian Migrants and Their Descendants into Norwegian Society. Migration from Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • Valenta, Marko; Strabac, Zan. (2013) Refugee Return in Post-War Bosnia-Herzegovina. Bosnia-Herzegovina since Dayton: Civic and uncivic values.
  • Bunar, Nihad; Valenta, Marko. (2012) The sociology of ethnicity. Introduction to Sociology. Scandinavian Sensibilities.
  • Strabac, Zan; Valenta, Marko. (2012) Attitudes toward Muslims in Norway. Islamophobia in the west : Measuring and explaining individual attitudes.
  • Thorshaug, Kristin; Valenta, Marko. (2012) Minoritetsansatte i asylmottak — mellom nærhet og distanse. Asylsøker: i velferdsstatens venterom.
  • Valenta, Marko. (2012) Asylsøkeres opplevelse og mestring av stigma i hverdagen. Asylsøker: i velferdsstatens venterom.
  • Valenta, Marko. (2012) Avviste asylsøkere, kamp mot uttransportering og livet utenfor mottakssystemet. Asylsøker: i velferdsstatens venterom.
  • Valenta, Marko. (2012) Hverdagsliv og sosiale relasjoner på asylmottak. Asylsøker: i velferdsstatens venterom.
  • Valenta, Marko. (2012) Hvordan kan vi analysere asylfeltet med hjelp av sosiologisk teori?. Asylsøker: i velferdsstatens venterom.
  • Valenta, Marko; Berg, Berit. (2012) Innledning: Asylsøkere i Norge. Asylsøker: i velferdsstatens venterom.
  • Golebiowska, Kate; Valenta, Marko; Carter, Tom. (2011) International Immigration Trends and Data. Demography at the Edge: Remote Human Populations in Developed Nations.
  • Ramet, Sabrina Petra; Valenta, Marko. (2011) Changing places, changing identities: a conclusion. The Bosnian Diaspora: Integration in transnational communties.
  • Valenta, Marko; Mesic, Milan; Strabac, Zan. (2011) Bosnian Croats in Croatia: 'ethnically privileged migrants', 'culturally distant co-ethnics' or 'Croats as any other Croats'?. The Bosnian Diaspora: Integration in transnational communties.
  • Valenta, Marko; Ramet, Sabrina Petra. (2011) Bosnian migrants: an introduction. The Bosnian Diaspora: Integration in transnational communties.
  • Valenta, Marko; Strabac, Zan. (2011) Bosnians in Norway – how do they adjust compared with other refugee groups?. The Bosnian Diaspora: Integration in transnational communties.
  • Valenta, Marko; Strabac, Zan. (2011) Transnational ties and transnational exchange. The Bosnian Diaspora: Integration in transnational communties.
  • Buland, Trond; Valenta, Marko. (2010) Fra ord til sammenhengende handling: Ulike innfallsvinkler til motivering av elever og forebygging av frafall. Skoleutvikling i praksis.
  • Valenta, Marko. (2009) Studentenes erfaringer med faglærerutdanning for tospråklige. Teacher diversity in diverse schools - challenges and opportunities for teacher education.
  • Valenta, Marko; Simonsen, Birte; Simonsen, Birte; Ringen, Bjørg-Karin. (2009) Teacher education in Norway: Bachelor program - Bilingual students. Teacher Education, Facing the Intercultural Dialouge. Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Conference of the Association for Teacher Education in Europe, Brussels, 23-27 August 2008 / N.Engels & .A.Libotton, eds.



  • Valenta, Marko. (2018) Migranter står fast på Balkan, Dagsavisen. null [Avis]. 2018-08-17.
  • Valenta, Marko. (2018) Skal komme raskere i jobb. Klassekampen [Avis]. 2018-01-25.
  • Valenta, Marko. (2018) Typology of Syrian migrations to Europe and neighbouring countries. Metropolis konferanse ; Sydney. 2018-10-29 - 2018-11-02.
  • Valenta, Marko; Strabac, Zan. (2018) Temporary Labour Migrations to the Persian Gulf: The case of the United Arab Emirates. forelesning . National University Singapore; 2018-02-06.
  • Valenta, Marko. (2017) European refugee policies. Gjesteforelesning på Middlesex Univeristy Dubai ; Middlesex university. 2017-11-26.
  • Valenta, Marko. (2017) Migrant Integration Policies in Scandinavia. Univeristy of Zadar . workshop for PhD studenter ble organisert av Univ. i Zadar; 2017-10-03.
  • Valenta, Marko. (2017) Refugee migrations to Europe: migration trends and refugee (asylum) policies. Univeristy of Zadar ; 2017-10-02.
  • Valenta, Marko. (2016) Flykntingkrisen i Europa. sosiologifestivalen i Trondheim ; 2016-09-15.
  • Valenta, Marko. (2016) Integration der Bosnier. Der Standard, Østerikke [Avis]. 2016-02-09.
  • Valenta, Marko. (2016) Reefugee policies and refugee migrations to Europe. Lecture at Univeristy of Zagreb ; 2016-05-12 - 2016-05-12.
  • Valenta, Marko. (2016) Refugee crisis in Europe. Guest lecture at Middlesex University ; 2016-03-21 - 2016-03-21.
  • Valenta, Marko. (2016) Zašto je uspjela integracija bosanskih izbjeglica?. Deutsche Welle (DW) Germany and Bosnia Herzegovina [Avis]. 2016-02-12.
  • Valenta, Marko. (2016) workshop refugee crisis and conflicts in the Middle East. imer conference ; Oslo. 2016-08-10 - 2016-08-12.
  • Jakobsen, Jo; Halvorsen, Thomas; Valenta, Marko. (2015) The End or Return of the Security Dilemma? An Empirical Investigation, 1988–2007. Konferanse i Dubrovnik ; 2015-04-25.
  • Valenta, Marko. (2015) Innvandrere og etniske minoriteter i Øst Europa. seminar i Krakow ; 2015-02-24.
  • Valenta, Marko. (2015) Velger helsejobbene: Det er en sterk vekst i antall utenlandske helsearbeiderne. klassekampen [Avis]. 2015-06-15.
  • Valenta, Marko. (2014) Europeisk og norsk asylpolitikk. Presentert på et seminar i Berlin. Seminar i Berlin ; 2014-02-15 - 2014-02-18.
  • Valenta, Marko. (2014) Innvandrere velger bort kontantstøtten. Adresseavisen [Avis]. 2014-07-20.
  • Valenta, Marko. (2014) Polakkene er i flertall blant innvandrerne i Trondheim. Adresseavisen [Avis]. 2014-07-24.
  • Valenta, Marko. (2014) The nexus of educational carriers, migration and globalisation: The Norwegian experience. Going global konferanse ; 2014-04-29 - 2014-05-01.
  • Strabac, Zan; Valenta, Marko. (2013) Zan Strabac and Marko Valenta: Ethnic Intolerance and Political Change in post-conflict societies: The Croatian Experience. ERPBSS Conferance in UAE ; 2013-11-26 - 2013-11-28.
  • Valenta, Marko. (2013) Folk er skeptiske til hijab. [Internett]. 2013-11-18.
  • Valenta, Marko. (2013) Folk er skeptiske til hijab. Klassekampen [Avis]. 2013-11-18.
  • Valenta, Marko. (2013) Nye trender på asyl-og flyktningefeltet. Imer seminar/konferanse . IMER nettverk; Oslo Litteraturhuset. 2013-12-13 - 2013-12-13.
  • Valenta, Marko; Strabac, Zan. (2013) Poster presentation of the project 'international students and teachers' at 'Going global conference'. going global konferansen ; 2013-03-04 - 2013-03-06.
  • Valenta, Marko; Strabac, Zan. (2012) Bosnians in Norway: Integration of Bosnian migrants in Norwegian society/Bosanci u Norveskoj: Integracija bosanskih migranata u norvesko drustvo. Konferanse ; Sarajevo. 2012-09-10 - 2012-09-12.
  • Valenta, Marko; Strabac, Zan. (2012) Religious migrations: Medjugorje. Religious migrations in Globalised world ; 2012-04-26 - 2012-04-28.
  • Valenta, Marko. (2011) Rejected asylum seekers in Norway, paperpresentasjon på Nordface konferansen i London. Nordface conferance ; 2011-04-06.
  • Valenta, Marko; Strabac, Zan. (2011) Muslims in Norway, paperpresentasjon med Zan Strabac som førsteforfatter. konferanse i Porto ; 2011-08-16.
  • Valenta, Marko; Strabac, Zan. (2011) workshop om Islamofobi, inklusive paperpresentasjon, med Z. strabac som forsteforfatter: komparativ analyse av holdninger til innvandrere og muslimer i fire land. Metropolis konferanse ; 2011-09-15.
  • Thorshaug, Kristin; Valenta, Marko. (2009) workshop om arbeidsinnvanding i nedgangstiden samt paperpresentasjon, sammen med Kristin Thorshaug om arbeidsinnvandring til Norge. Metropolis konferanse ; 2009-10-04 - 2009-10-08.
  • Valenta, Marko. (2009) empowerment i reception centres for asylum seekers. (Reassess) konferense i Oslo ; 2009-05-18 - 2009-05-20.
  • Valenta, Marko. (2009) hvordan den norske velferdsstaten håndterer arbeidsinnvandring til Norge. (Reassess) i Reykjavik ; 2009-05-04 - 2009-05-06.
  • Valenta, Marko. (2009) paperpresentasjon, som keynote speaker, om resultatene av prosjektet ”Asylsøkerbarns rett til skole”. Reddbarnas konferanse ; 2009-06-10 - 2009-06-10.
  • Valenta, Marko; Strabac, Zan. (2009) Paperpresentasjon om Refugee Return in Post-War Bosnia-Herzegovina. Civic and uncivic values in bosnia: The record since Dayton . Ola Listhaug and Sabrina Ramet (NTNU/PRiO); Oslo. 2009-10-23 - 2009-10-25.
  • Valenta, Marko. (2006) Norwegian repatriation policy. konferanse . i regi av EUROFOR berlin institite for social science; Mallorca. 2006-09-22.
  • Valenta, Marko. (2006) paper about Norwegian reception policy. konferanse . i regi av EUROFOR, berlin institute for social seience; bled. 2006-02-15.
  • Valenta, Marko. (2005) 2 paper på metropolis konferanse i toronto: 1. paper: repatriation of refugees 2. paper: settlement and everyday life of refugees. metropolis konferanse . metropolis organisasjonen; toronto. 2005-10-17 - 2005-10-22.
  • Valenta, Marko. (2004) Mottak og integrasjon av asylsøkere og flyktninger. foredrag om flyktningenes integrasjon og helse . flyktningehelseteamet i Tromsø; Trondheim. 2004-12-07 - 2004-12-07.
  • Valenta, Marko. (2004) "the system" and social integration of refugees in Norway. metropolis conferance . metropolis; geneve. 2004-09-27 - 2004-10-01.
  • Valenta, Marko; Berg, Berit. (2003) Tilbakevending - eksilets punktum eller uoppnåelig drøm?. IMER-konferansen (Internasjonal migrasjon og etniske relasjoner) . [Mangler data]; Trondheim. 2003-04-30.