About the Research School

About the Research School

The National Research Shool for Gender Research was established in 2010 by The National Academic Council for Gender Research.

Professor Kari Jegerstedt from the Centre for Women’s and Gender Research University of Bergen, is the Academic Director of the Research School from 2017-2019.

The Board and the Academic Director are appointed for three years at a time, according to the Regulations of the Research School.

Partner institutions:

  • University of Agder
  • University of Bergen
  • University of Nordland
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • University of Oslo
  • University of Stavanger
  • UiT The Arctic University of Norway

The goals of the Reserach Shool are:

  • To offer a high quality programme to PhD students in gender research as well as to other students who have a gender perspective in their dissertations
  • To collectively provide a broader research environment for students and advisers
  • To strengthen national collaborations
  • To strengthen international collaborations through joint initiatives
  • To contribute to the continuation of a Nordic Research School in Gender Research

Target group

Interdisciplinary gender research is both an established and an expanding area of research.

There is a need to strengthen the research training of two groups of students: those doing an interdisciplinary PhD using gender theory as their most important framework, and those for whom gender is an important part of their analysis and who are doing their PhD degree in a different field.

The collaboration around a National Research School will contribute to the development of gender research, strengthen gender research networks, and further the visibility of – and recruitment to – gender research.

Three year plans

In the period 2014-16 the Research School is organised by the Centre for Gender Research, University of Oslo.

In accordance with the plans for the Research School, the Academic Director of the school will ensure the arrangement of  a general course in analytic strategies and gender theory every other year, as well as a PhD assembly once a year. In addition, the Academic Director coordinates information about courses with the other member institutions. The courses may be arranged collaboratively, for instance with other Nordic Research Schools.


The Research School applies for funds from its member institutions as well as from external sources.

Basic funding is ensured by member institutions paying an annual fee of 20 000/10 000 Norwegian kroner to the institution that holds the Academic Directorship.


In 1997 the centres for Women’s Studies and Gender Research at the universities in Oslo, Bergen and Tromsø, and at The Norwegian University of Technology and Science started collaborating to offer national PhD courses in gender research.

These were offered in 1998, 1999 and 2001 (the Vatnahalsen courses).

The courses were in demand, and course evaluations were very positive. Later the research training was integrated into The Nordic Research School in Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, financed by NorFa (now NordForsk) from 2004 to 2009. The Norwegian centres have participated as co-organisers and advisers. Continuing the Nordic research training collaboration is an important goal.

In 2011-13 the Research School was organised by The Norwegian University of Technology and Science.


The National Research School in Gender Research is part of the InterGender Research school in Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, Linköping University. All courses are open to Norwegian participants.