Geographical mobility and development in rural and urban areas

Various kinds of migration and mobility are the basis for several research projects in the Department. An important issue is rural mobility (e.g. immigration/emigration, tourism, commuting) and growing economic, social and cultural diversity in rural areas. Another research interest is the cause and impact of international immigration. The Center for Rural Research, Norway, is an important partner in a number of our projects.

The research group also studies different local communities (rural communities, urban and rural neighbourhoods, small villages and other small, restricted interaction areas), and how the design of these affects peoples’ everyday life.

The department also has a increasing research activity on the results of social interaction and how this is affected by the physical environment. This research is mainly carried out in urban areas (buildings, open spaces) and meeting places and events (cafés, business localities, festivals etc.). The enterprise Sosiologisk Poliklinikk (the Sociology Clinic) collaborates with external public and private actors (contract and applied research) on these issues and is simultaneously a dissemination arena for sociology in general.



Global Labour in Rural Societies (2017-2020)                                     Sociology clinic


Ida Marie Henriksen, Lisbeth Elvira Levang, Marianne Skaar, Aksel Tjora (2017) Vår sosiale virkelighet. En introduksjon til hverdagslivets sosiologi





Johan Fredrik Rye (2017): Negotiation Neoliberalism: Informalisation and Reformalisation of Industrial Relations in Norway's Agricultural Industry in the 21st Century

Frisvoll, Svein; Forbord, Magnar; Blekesaune, Arild. An Empirical Investigation of Tourists' Consumption of Local Food in Rural Tourism. Scandinavian Journal of Hospitality and Tourism 2016;Volum 16.(1) s.76-93 

Johan Fredrik Rye (2016), Transnasjonale hverdagsliv: Østeuropeisk innvandrerungdom i distrikts-Norge.



Svein Frisvoll, Magnar Forbord og Arild Blekesaune (2016). An Empirical Investigation of Tourists' Consumption of Local Food in Rural Tourism.

Berit Brandth (2016) Rural masculinities and fathering practices.

Aksel Tjora (2016) The Social Rhythm of Rock Music Festivals.


B. Pini, Berit Brandt og J. Little (red) (2015) Feminisms and Ruralities. Farnham:   Lexington Books. Med kapitler av redaktør Berit Brandth og Marit S. Haugen.




Ida Marie Henriksen (2015) Kafépupp.

Marit Reitan, Kari Gustafsson og Arild Blekesaune (2015). Do Local Government Reforms Result in Higher Levels of Trust in Local Politicians?

Marit S. Haugen og Berit Brandth (2015) When Farm Couples Break Up: Gendered moralities, gossip, and the fear of stigmatization in rural communities.


Johan F. Rye (2015) Moving to the countryside? The case of second home users in Norway.

Berit Brandth (2015) The co-location of home and work in two generations of farmers: what effects on fathering practices?