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Core group

Vivian Anette Lagesen

Vivian Anette Lagesen is project manager, principal investigator (PI) of “Gender equality from below” and Professor in Science and Technology Studies, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). She has published widely on the subject of gender inclusion strategies, particularly with respect to computer science, including comparative analyses of California, Malaysia, and Norway.

Lagesen has also done research on knowledge management and learning in consulting engineering and software engineering. Consulting engineers’ practices of sustainability is yet another topic. Currently, Lagesen also manages a research project on environmental knowledge management in local governments. She is associated editor of the journal Engineering Studies (Taylor and Francis).  

Siri Øyslebø Sørensen

Siri Øyslebø Sørensen is a senior research scientist and co-PI in the project at the Department of Interdisciplinary studies of culture, NTNU. She holds a PhD in gender studies (2013) and wrote her dissertation on gender quotas on corporate boards. In her research she has been particularly interested in understanding how support and resistance towards gender equality policies takes shape. Since 2007 she has been involved in two large research projects on gender in organization and management, most recently conducting a qualitative study of career choices amongst women managers.

In “Gender equality from below” she will be involved with all aspects of the project, including preparatory analysis and documentation of the various initiatives taken to promote gender balance.

Guro Korsnes Kristensen

Guro Korsnes Kristensen is a senior research scientist at Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Her reach fields are gender, gender equality, migration, family/work-balance, family planning, and human-machine relationships. Recent publications include two edited volumes: Ravn, M.N., Kristensen, G.K. and Sørensen, S.Ø. (eds) (in press): Reproduksjon, kjønn og likestilling i dagens Norge and Gullikstad, B., Kristensen, G.K. and Ringrose, P. (eds) (in press): Paid Migrant Domestic Labour in a Changing Europe. Questions of Gender Equality and Citizenship. Guro is part of the research team and will contribute with her knowledge in gender studies.

Knut Holtan Sørensen

Knut H. Sørensen is Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture at NTNU. He wrote his master’s thesis on gender in working life in industry in 1976 and has later been studying gender with respect to working hours, nursing, engineering, and computer science. With Wendy Faulkner and Els Rommes, Sørensen co-authored Technologies of Inclusion. Gender in the Information Society. Tapir Akademiske Forlag, 2011. Current research interests also include social studies of ICT and the Internet, of innovation and technology policy, interdisciplinarity, of responsible research and innovation, and of sustainability transitions, including energy. Sørensen has for a long time been active in interdisciplinary research collaboration with faculty and research scientists in engineering and architecture across NTNU and SINTEF. Knut is part of the research team and will contribute with his long-standing background in science, technology and gender studies.


Sofia Moratti

Sofia Moratti is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture, NTNU. She holds a PhD in Legal Sociology from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands (2009) and later continued her research at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy (until 2015). In her past research, she has been particularly interested in the study of policy-making and in the development of research-informed policy.

In the “Gender equality from below” project, her work is focused on gender and university recruitment for (and promotion to) senior, permanent scientific positions, particularly professorships. Her approach is interdisciplinary and her work is both theoretical-comparative and empirical at NTNU.​  

Svandis Benediktsdóttir

Svandis Benediktsdóttir is Gender Equality Adviser at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology since 2000. Over the last decade Benediktsdottir has been a key driver of the Gender Equality debates in Norway and Europe, especially in the area of research and higher education. Academia has long, dyed-in-the-wool traditions and that is why we have made an effort to think new. Benediktsdottir has hands on approach and her philosophy is to bring equality into the day-to-day routines through specific measures.

Award for the national Gender Equality 2007. NTNU received the award for goal-orientation, ambition and originality in its endeavours for gender equality. According to the jury, they show measurable results and effective initiatives, and the responsibility for initiating the various stages of the plan is clearly anchored from the top level down to the departments.

In ‘Gender Balance from below’ Benediktsdottir is part of the planning team and serve as an senior advisor to the project. 

Henrik Karlstrøm

Henrik Karlstrøm is bibliometrician at NTNU and editor of the Nordic Journal of Science and Technology Studies. His role in “Gender equality from below” will be working with the connections between gender and publication rates. He holds a PhD in science and technology studies from NTNU.