Background and activities

Research areas: Transformation of work and organizations, sociology of emotions and emotional labour, gender, risk and safety, regulation, power and resistance, the Norwegian/Nordic model of woking life and welfare, sociology of fiance, a variety of methods including narrative analysis and memory work. 

I hold a position as Professor of Sociology at the Department of Sociology and Political Science at The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway. Communication across disciplines, languages and cultures has been important in my choice of studies in the humanities and social sciences, and positions in research organizations and academia. I have received over 20 research grants with sole or joint responsibility. I have published in journals such as Evaluation Studies, Gender,Work and Organization, Ingenere, Kvinneforskning, Norsk sosiologisk tidsskrift, Safety Science, Safety Science Monitor,  Scandinavian Journal of Management, Tidsskrift for Arbejdsliv, Tidsskrift for Den norske legeforening og Travailler. Among my publications are Paradoxes of Power: Dialogue as a Regulatory Strategy in the Norwegian Oil and Gas Industry (2021) with Ragnar Rosness, Safety Science (forthcoming), “Smile away”: Endringer i emosjonelt arbeid blant kabinansatte (2021) Norsk sosiologisk tidsskrift, 5(1), 8-22, Il paradosso norvegese non esiste (2019), InGenere, 3/10, Brave new world? The global financial crisis’ impact on Scandinavian banking’s sales rhetoric and practices” (2015) with Emil A. Røyrvik and Stewart R. Clegg, and ”Boxing and dancing: Tripartite collaboration as an integral part of a regulation regime” with Ragnar Rosness in Risk Governance of Offshore Oil and Gas Operations (Lindøe, Baram and Renn, eds. 2014). I am co-editor of “Arbeid for livet” (2002) with Bente Rasmussen and Den norske modellen – Internasjonalisering som utfordring og vitalisering (2015) with Brita Bungum and Elin Kvande.

I was a visiting professor at the Dipartimento di Sociologia e Ricerca Sociale, Università di Trento, Italia, 2017-2018, during which I had the opportunity to add Italian as my sixth laguage.


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

Journal publications


  • Bungum, Brita; Forseth, Ulla; Kvande, Elin. (2015) Den norske modellen: Internasjonalisering som utfordring og vitalisering. Fagbokforlaget. 2015. ISBN 978-82-450-1780-9.

Part of book/report