Background and activities

I am a sociologist, specialized in gender studies and social studies of science and technology (STS), thus also trained in interdisciplinary approaches. In previous research I have studied policymaking processes and organizations with a main interest in how difference, categorizations and inequality is produced and changed. In my work I pursue a deeper understanding sociocultural processes and dynamics.

Currently I work as a researcher on the project “Gender equality from below – towards a gender balanced NTNU 2025”, an action research project aiming at providing knowledge relevant for enhancing gender balance in scientific positions at NTNU. The work also concerns processes of inclusion and investigations of career paths and opportunities in academia today.

In my PhD project I explored how a gender equality reform managed to have a political breakthrough and studied both social actions and discursive events. The main goal of my thesis was to understand how deliberate decisions and arbitrary events interweave and are handled in policymaking, and further to explore how gender is construed in the making of gender equality politics. I drew on feminist theories, STS approaches and organizational theory in my work. In my post doc project I studied how idealism and professional motivations are entangled amongst managers in the non-profit sector. I have also worked as senior researcher on a project addressing management of agricultural land, exploring how environmentalists have been gradually engaged in the controversy leading to a shift from seeing the agricultural land as ”man made” towards an understanding how the soil as such is nature, hence not reducible to monetary value.

I am experienced in various qualitative methods: interviews (individual & groups), media analysis, document analysis, and action research (i.e. facilitating workshops etc.). I use the atlas.ti software for data coding. 

Research interests:   

  • Gender, equality and inclusion
  • Organization, change and learning
  • Contemporary culture
  • Policy making
  • Feminism
  • Environmental activism

Participation in ongoing research projects:

Previous projects:

Other activities:

Scientific, academic and artistic work

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Journal publications


  • Ravn, Malin Noem; Kristensen, Guro Korsnes; Sørensen, Siri Øyslebø. (2016) Reproduksjon, kjønn og likestilling i dagens Norge. Fagbokforlaget. 2016. ISBN 978-82-450-1921-6.

Part of book/report

  • Kristensen, Guro Korsnes; Ravn, Malin Noem; Sørensen, Siri Øyslebø. (2016) Feministiske perspektiver på reproduksjon. Reproduksjon, kjønn og likestilling i dagens Norge.
  • Kristensen, Guro Korsnes; Ravn, Malin Noem; Sørensen, Siri Øyslebø. (2016) Likestilt reproduksjon?. Reproduksjon, kjønn og likestilling i dagens Norge.
  • Kristensen, Guro Korsnes; Ravn, Malin Noem; Sørensen, Siri Øyslebø. (2016) Reproduksjon i dagens Norge. Reproduksjon, kjønn og likestilling i dagens Norge.
  • Sørensen, Siri Øyslebø. (2016) Karrierekvinne og mor: Et kulturanalytisk blikk på kombinasjonslivets balansekrav. Reproduksjon, kjønn og likestilling i dagens Norge.
  • Faniko, Klea; Fabio, Lorenzi-Cioldi; Ghisletta, Paolo; Sørensen, Siri Øyslebø; Manushi, Erjona; Shalsi, Fiorela; Chipeaux, Marion. (2015) When meritocracy opposes quota policy: how education and policy strength impact opinions about affirmative action. Gender and Social Hierarchies. Perspectives from social psychology.
  • Sørensen, Siri Øyslebø. (2015) Blå feminisme - feminisme for næringslivet?. Kjønn og næringsliv i Norge.
  • Bolsø, Agnes; Bjørkhaug, Hilde; Sørensen, Siri Øyslebø. (2013) Gender-balanced corporate boards. Getting Women on to Corporate Boards: A snowball starting in Norway.



  • Bjørkhaug, Hilde; Sørensen, Siri Øyslebø. (2016) Excenteraften: Kvotering - virker det egentlig?. Excenteraften i Biblioteket . Studentersamfundet Trondheim; Studentersamfundet Trondheim. 2016-11-01 - 2016-11-01.
  • Sørensen, Knut Holtan; Lagesen, Vivian Anette; Kristensen, Guro Korsnes; Sørensen, Siri Øyslebø. (2016) The uneven development: diversities in the gender balance among university professors. 9th European Conference on Gender Equality and Research ; Paris. 2016-09-12 - 2016-09-14.
  • Sørensen, Knut Holtan; Sørensen, Siri Øyslebø. (2016) Engaging or dis-engaging: How heads of departments approach gender balance issues. 4S/EASST conference ; Barcelona. 2016-08-31 - 2016-09-03.
  • Sørensen, Siri Øyslebø. (2016) Publication patterns - Gender gap or local practises?. 4S EASST conference 2016 . 4S EASST; Barcelona. 2016-08-31 - 2016-09-03.
  • Sørensen, Siri Øyslebø; Lagesen, Vivian Anette. (2016) Exploring academic publications patterns: the role of organizational context and local practices. 9th Biennal conference Gender, Work and Organization . University of Keele; Keele, UK. 2016-06-28 - 2016-07-02.
  • Sørensen, Siri Øyslebø. (2015) Blåfeminisme. NEON konferansen 2015 . NEON - Nettverk for organisasjonsforskning i Norge; 2015-11-26 - 2015-11-27.
  • Sørensen, Siri Øyslebø. (2015) "Farmland is nature". The construction of farmland protection as environmental policy. NESS 2015 ; 2015-06-09 - 2015-06-11.
  • Sørensen, Siri Øyslebø. (2015) Gender Equality in Scandinavia - Politics and Culture. Nordic Center at Fudan University, 20th Anniversary conference . The Nordic Center at Fudan University; Fudan University, Shanghai. 2015-10-21 - 2015-10-22.
  • Sørensen, Siri Øyslebø. (2015) Gender equality from below - Towards a gender balanced NTNU?. Sustaining gender balance in research and innovation . The 'Gender Equality Implementation in Research Institutions; Vilnius. 2015-01-15 - 2015-01-16.
  • Sørensen, Siri Øyslebø. (2015) Metodisk mangfold i organisasjonsforskningen - hvilke muligheter har vi?. NEON PhD dag . NEON - Nettverk for organisasjonsforskning i Norge; 2015-11-25 - 2015-11-25.
  • Sørensen, Siri Øyslebø. (2015) The differences that “choice” make. Women, careers and post feminism. The Gendered Dynamics of Power workshop . Birkbeck University and Mirror Mirror, NTNU; 2015-03-25 - 2015-03-25.
  • Sørensen, Siri Øyslebø. (2015) Virkemidler for kjønnsbalanse. Balansekunstseminar på By:Larm . Balansekunstnettverket; Oslo. 2015-03-06 - 2015-03-06.
  • Sørensen, Siri Øyslebø. (2014) Gender quotas - potentials and concerns in policy making. Workshop: Lasting change for gender balance . NIAS (Netherlands Institute for adv study in the hum/sam); Wassenaar. 2014-02-26 - 2014-02-27.
  • Sørensen, Siri Øyslebø. (2013) De-gendering category politics? The making of a political breakthrough for corporate board gender quotas in Norway. Critical Studies of Gender Equality – Multidimensional Scandinavian/Nordic perspectives . GEXcel, Karlstad University (Norwegian Research Counsil); Karlstad University. 2013-12-17 - 2013-12-18.
  • Sørensen, Siri Øyslebø. (2013) Likestilling uten kjønn? Om kjønn som sosial og symbolsk struktur i kvoteringspolitikk. Forskerforum . Senter for Likestilling, UiA og Agderforskning; UiA. 2013-12-06 - 2013-12-06.
  • Sørensen, Siri Øyslebø. (2013) Mellom visjon og organisasjon - idealisme, makt og kjønn. Kjønnsforskning nå! 2013 . Universitetet i Stavanger og Universitetet i Agder; 2013-11-04 - 2013-11-05.