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Ellen Oftedal Schwencke

Ellen Oftedal Schwencke


Ellen Oftedal Schwencke is a PhD candidate in sociology at the University of Oslo. She works for the Section for Youth Research at NOVA. The doctoral project is about sexual violence among youth, and the aim is to provide a more nuanced understanding of why this happens. Schwencke is mainly concerned with how drugs and social class play into this. The doctoral project is part of the research program on violence at NOVA.

Schwencke holds a masters degree in sociology from the University of Oslo (2021). The masters thesis explored cannabis use among adolescents from the west end of Oslo, and the thesis was a part of UiOs research centre PROMENTA. After completing her studies and until 2023, Schwencke was employed as a research assistant and researcher at NOVA, where she worked with Ungdata, UngVold and a qualitative research project on sexuality and sexual culture in youth. Schwencke is also the editor-in-chief of

Research projects

  • Sexual Culture in Youth

    The project will investigate how young people negotiate, experience and handle issues related to sexuality, sexual health and risk - in light of both contemporary youth culture, and other social and societal conditions.

  • UngVold 2023 – Trends in Exposure to Violence

    In 2023, NOVA will collect new data for the survey UngVold, which maps Norwegian children and adolescents’ experience of violence and abuse during their upbringing.

  • Young in Oslo 2023

    Young in Oslo is the City of Oslo’s Ungdata survey – a unique study that has been conducted since the mid-1990s. The 2023 survey will provide answers to what it’s like for children and young people to grow up in Oslo – after living with a pandemic for almost two years.

Scientific publications

Schwencke, Ellen Oftedal ; Berger, Eirik Jerven; Pedersen, Willy (2024). «Vi er jo ikke stonere»: bruk av cannabis og symbolske grenser blant ungdommer vest i Oslo. Norsk sosiologisk tidsskrift.

These publications are obtained from Cristin. The list may be incomplete