Background and activities

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

Ulla Forseth is Professor at the Department of Sociology and Political Science at The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway.  She has received over 20 research grants with sole or joint responsibility. Forseth is co-editor of “Arbeid for livet” (2002) with Bente Rasmussen and Den norske modellen – Internasjonalisering som utfordring og vitalisering (2015) med Brita Bungum and Elin Kvande. She has published in journals such as Gender,Work and Organization, Kvinneforskning, Safety Science, Safety Science Monitor, Sosiologisk tidsskrift, Tidsskrift for Arbejdsliv, Tidsskrift for Den norske legeforening, Travailler and Scandinavian Journal of Management. Among her publications are ”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). She has had a visiting appointment at the Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Trento, Italy, 2017-2018.


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