"Be ambitious and take chances!"
Please tell us about your project!
My project combines two of my research interests: how social conditions and behaviors influence the spread of infectious diseases (with a particular emphasis on the 1918 flu pandemic), and disability. During the first phase of the project, I will collect and analyze archival records of the 1918 flu experiences at psychiatric hospitals and schools for children with disabilities, etc. Then, I will build a computer simulation model that will allow me to test different hypotheses about the spread of flu within these settings. My goal is to better understand how, when and why people with disabilities might be at increased risk during epidemics, hopefully helping to improve preparedness plans in the future.
How is life as a researcher at OsloMet?
Great so far! Colleagues are friendly and supportive, and I’ve been able to be productive while also having the time and opportunity to get to know Oslo.
Do you have any advice to other researchers who are planning on working in Oslo?
Be ambitious and take chances – I did not know if my project was even feasible when I first proposed it, but it was something I really wanted to do and the people here were enthusiastic about finding ways to make it work.
Do you have any favorite spots in Oslo?
Some of my favorites are the city center/Aker Brygge area, Sognsvann and the Viking Ship museum.