And the winner of the ‘Best-Author Prize’ goes to…!


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Chapter 11 by Hilde and I  has been selected winner at the Fjordkonferansen2018 in Ålesund today. The editors unanimously selected ours out of the twenty chapters of the Fjordantology 2018 for its relevance and excellence.

This recognition underscores the importance of research on the role of technologies in helping us understand and solve today’s pertinent societal challenges – in this case immigration and integration.

This prize is dedicated to all individuals, groups and institutions who in their different capacities contribute to promoting: fellowship, humanity, friendship, diversity, understanding, coexistance, giving-voice to the voiceless and spreading joy in their communities. Good job. Keep it up!

Special thanks to Medietilsynet and Lotteritilsynet whose financial support made this Project possible!

The Prize in the News: Vestlandsforsking; HiM,, Medietilsynet, Sogn Avis, NRK. Key findings have also been reported here:

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What has gender got to do with it: negotiating agency and resistance from within


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These amazing tiny sculptures are scattered arround the FOSSBYGGET at the Western Norway University of Applied Social Sciences located in Sogndal. If you are not attentive, you will miss them 🙂 I thought they capture well the essence of this blog!

As results are beginning to trickle in from ongoing research on women’s tec-driven career trajectories in peripheral regions, so are interesting insights into the driving forces and impediments that women face on their professional life journeys.
A thread from the data has to do with agency and self-inflicted resistance, which I find quite interesting. Agency in the sense that: yes, although other factors (especially socio-cultural factors) may influence one’s decision-making, to a large extent, one indeed has some autonomy to make life-changing decisions for oneself. Continue reading

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Team-building – the often forgotten key to unlocking optimal productivity

moomiIT has been a year since we started our 5-year Nordforsk funded project – The Nordic Center of Excellence – Beyond the Gender Paradox in Nordic countries. We have had multiple virtual meetings along the way but just a couple of F2F workshops. Since our F2F workshops occur atleast twice a year in rotation between the three primary partner countries (Norway, Finland and Sweden), they are usually highly anticipated, engaging and empowering. We get to meet each other, discuss very interesting research progress, eat good food, strategize for wayforward – all in a limited space of time.

This year, something extra happened. To spice up the year’s first F2F workshop, the hosts from University of Tampere organised the most secretive, highly anticipated team-building activity. In preparation for the trip, we were told to ‘bring comfortable walking shoes and a jacket that tolerates a light breeze or rain’ 🙂 Anticipation was rife among members and our repeated inquiries for details were met with adamant and ever-so-gentle rebuffs.

So, on D-day, day 2, after taking care of the day’s business – the 2-hour team building activities begun. We were split in 3 groups, each consisting of members from the different countries, the hosts were our guides. These are highlights from the activities: Continue reading

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The symbolism and functionality of networks for/on women in academia and research, in peripherial regions!


Be a rebel. Be a role model.

It was a short, cozy and massively inspirational HVL organized, women’s network meeting today.

The Challenge: the leaking pipeline (i.e. fewer women are to be found especially in the higher echelons of academia and research). (The reasons for this are as multiple as they are complex – for another blog post).

The Goal: to mobilize, inform, inspire and challenge female academics and researchers in the region through shared experiences. So, today, 4 fantastically accomplished academics in the region spoke to a room full of us. The message was simple, functional but also symbolic. Here is a summary of what i got from it. Continue reading

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Gendering Research: In teams, perspectives and impact

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  Gender-balanced teams (as our team at WNRI shows) are mandated in Research Council and EU Directives on gender equality in research and innovation. Picture credit: Anna Maria Urbaniak-Brekke Today, I lead a seminar on: ‘Gendering Research: Teams, Processes, Perspectives … Continue reading

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#CENS18: Women’s tech-driven careers in rural areas – results trickling in!

This year’s Conference theme was: Narratives of uniformity and diversity (#CENS2018). The backdrop for the conference lies in the fact that Nordic countries have a recognized place on the global scene. Continuously at the top in rankings in quality of life and a whole range of other surveys and a steady reputation as stable and prosperous societies form a main content in the perception of the Nordic. There is a global demand for knowledge about the Nordic societies. Whether it concerns the economics of the tripartite model or the politics of gender equality, welfare technologies, penal and other kinds of humanitarianism and Nordic cooperation, or the cultural innovations of New Nordic design, researchers and policymakers from across the globe see the Nordic region as a dynamic research object with ideas worth probing.
Carol Azungi Dralega presented the papers in the session on: “Women in the Nordic Labour Market” (presented on Women’s day) sharing some findings beginning to trickle in from the Nordic Centre of Excellence project ‘Beyond the gender paradox – women’s tech-driven careers in and outside academe’ funded by Nordforsk. The presentations offer insights into women’s tech-driven career trajectories and histories within the fields of research, innovation and the media. The focus is rural and sparsely populated region of Sogn og Fjordane.




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«Du må ikke tåle så inderlig vel, den urett som ikke rammer deg selv»

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Mitt navn er Carol Azungi Dralega. Jeg er opprinnelig fra Uganda, og jeg har bodd her i Sogndal i 8 år sammen med familien min (Anders, Aleni og Amani – som forresten har bursdag i dag). Jeg ønsker å takke dere for å markere denne viktige dagen. Jeg vil også takke for muligheten jeg har fått til å holde denne appellen. Continue reading

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