Background and activities

Project title: “Housing quality, dwelling and home-making in Norwegian asylum reception centres”

This project looks at how the housing in asylum reception centres in Norway serves as frameworks for people’s everyday lives, and explores how the housing conditions may facilitate and constrain different social processes concerning for example privacy, control and social relations. The project further seeks to discuss issues of housing quality in reception centers along with processes of dwelling and home-making in temporary housing.

I am a social scientist with a Master’s degree in Geography from NTNU.

This PhD project is part of the interdisciplinary research project "'What buildings do' - the effect of the physical environment on the quality of life for asylum seekers” (2012-2016).

Photo by: Cristian Roberto Valle Kinloch

Scientific, academic and artistic work

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Journal publications

  • Støa, Eli; Thorshaug, Ragne Øwre; Hauge, Åshild Lappegard. (2015) Nøkternt men forsvarlig?. Dagsavisen - Nye Meninger.


  • Støa, Eli; Thorshaug, Ragne Øwre. (2015) Keeping a distance – implications of diversified quality norms for housing standard. HOUSING AND WELFARE - Boundaries | Encounters | Connections . Aalborg Universitet / SBI; København. 2015-05-07 - 2015-05-08.
  • Thorshaug, Ragne Øwre. (2015) Experiences of dwelling in an asylum reception centre. New Housing Researchers Colloquium . European Network for Housing Research; Lisbon. 2015-06-28 - 2015-06-28.
  • Thorshaug, Ragne Øwre. (2015) Experiences of dwelling in an asylum reception centre. European Network for Housing Research Conference . European Network for Housing Research; Lisbon. 2015-06-29 - 2015-07-01.
  • Thorshaug, Ragne Øwre. (2015) Methods for exploring the architectural geography of a reception centre for asylum seekers. RGS IBG Annual International Conference . Royal Geographical Society, Institute of British Geographers; Exeter. 2015-09-02 - 2015-09-04.
  • Thorshaug, Ragne Øwre. (2015) What Buildings do: The Effect of the Physical Environment on Quality of Life of Asylum Seekers. Oslo Architecture Triennale Nordic Seminar . Oslo Architecture Triennale; Oslo. 2015-06-01 - 2015-06-01.
  • Thorshaug, Ragne Øwre; Støa, Eli. (2015) Barriers of recognition - Aspects of Architecture and Localization of Reception Centres. Urban Arrival Infrastructures . Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB); Brussel. 2015-12-10 - 2015-12-11.
  • Grønseth, Anne Sigfrid; Thorshaug, Ragne Øwre. (2014) Struggling for home where home is not meant to be: a study of asylum seekers in reception centres in Norway. ASA14 Decennial: Anthropology and Enlightenment . Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwe; Edinburgh. 2014-06-19 - 2014-06-22.
  • Støa, Eli; Hauge, Åshild Lappegard; Thorshaug, Ragne Øwre. (2014) «What buildings do». De glemtes arkitektur . DogA; Oslo. 2014-08-14.
  • Støa, Eli; Thorshaug, Ragne Øwre; Strumse, Einar. (2013) What buildings do – presentations of a Norwegian Research Initiative about the Physical Environment in Reception Centers. What Buildings do - Seminar on the Effect of the Physical Environment in Reception centers for Asylum seekers . NTNU and VU University, Amsterdam; Amsterdam. 2013-10-17 - 2013-10-17.