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Erik Børve Rasmussen

Erik Børve Rasmussen


I lead the academic unit "Service organization and innovation in social work and child welfare", an excellent unit that you can read more about here: service-organization-innovation-social-work-child-welfare.

My PhD project was about General Practitioners' approaches to diagnosis when patients are presenting with 'medically unexplained symptoms' or 'uncertain illness'. Overall, the thesis explores the relationship between knowledge and ambiguity from a sociology of knowledge perspective.

As a researcher and postdoctoral fellow, I explore the development, implementation and uses of social technologies and so-called 'welfare technologies' more broadly, and on the conditions for public-private collaboration in innovation in municipal health and social care. My focus is on the communication tools AV1 and KOMP, both developed by the Norwegian start-up No Isolation to combat loneliness. I am also a work package leader in "Virtual Presence" and lead investigator of "Easy and safe contact with relatives", a collaboration between OsloMet, No Isolation and the Nursing Home Agency in Oslo municipality, and part of Research Centre for Digitalisation of Public Services and Citizenship (CEDIC). In addition, I lead the "REACH Core Group" at the department, which is part of the interdisciplinary research environment REACH, where user-driven and service-oriented research is in focus.

Research interests:

The sociologies of (scientific) knowledge, science, technology, medicine and professions, not to mention theory and theorizing in the social sciences, qualitative research methods and methodology, science studies, cultural sociology and social theory more broadly. And Merton.

Research methods:

Qualitative methods, and in particular forms of document/textual analysis, in-depth interviews and focus group interviews.

Research projects

Scientific publications

Johannessen, Lars E. F.; Engebretsen, Eivind; Greenhalgh, Trisha; Hughes, Gemma Lucille; Köhler-Olsen, Julia; Rasmussen, Erik Børve; Haldar, Marit (2021). Protocol for ‘virtual presence’: a qualitative study of the cultural dialectic between loneliness and technology. BMJ Open . Vol. 11.

Johannessen, Lars E. F.; Rasmussen, Erik Børve; Haldar, Marit (2022). Student at a distance: exploring the potential and prerequisites of using telepresence robots in schools. Oxford Review of Education .

Fekjær, Silje Bringsrud; Rasmussen, Erik Børve; Terum, Lars Inge (2022). Sanctioning of welfare clients: Does diagnosis matter?. Social Policy & Administration . Vol. 56.

Rasmussen, Erik Børve; Askheim, Clemet; Oppedal, Bjarne; Haldar, Marit (2021). Warm technology against loneliness among the elderly? A script analysis of the communication solution KOMP. Tidsskrift for samfunnsforskning . Vol. 62.

Rasmussen, Erik Børve; Askheim, Clemet; Oppedal, Bjarne; Haldar, Marit (2021). Varm teknologi mot ensomhet blant eldre? En skriptanalyse av kommunikasjonsløsningen KOMP. Tidsskrift for samfunnsforskning .

Köhler-Olsen, Julia; Rasmussen, Erik Børve; Johannessen, Lars E. F.; Haldar, Marit (2021). Deltakelse og verdighet - et kritisk-konstruktivt perspektiv på medborgerskap og personvern i nærværsteknologiens tid. Nytt Norsk Tidsskrift . Vol. 38.

Rasmussen, Erik Børve (2020). Rhetorical work and medical authority: Constructing convincing cases in insurance medicine. 8 p. Social Science and Medicine . Vol. 264.

Rasmussen, Erik Børve (2020). Making and managing medical anomalies: Exploring the classification of ‘medically unexplained symptoms’. Social Studies of Science . Vol. 50.

Birkelund, Gunn Elisabeth; Johannessen, Lars E. F.; Rasmussen, Erik Børve; Rogstad, Jon (2020). Experience, stereotypes and discrimination. Employers’ reflections on their hiring behavior. European Societies . Vol. 22.

Johannessen, Lars E. F.; Album, Dag; Rasmussen, Erik Børve (2020). Do nurses rate diseases according to prestige? A survey study. Journal of Advanced Nursing . Vol. 76.

Johannessen, Lars E. F.; Rafoss, Tore Witsø; Rasmussen, Erik Børve (2018). Hvordan bruke teori? Nyttige verktøy i kvalitativ analyse. ISBN: 9788215029016. 344 p. Universitetsforlaget.

Rasmussen, Erik Børve; Rø, Karin Isaksson (2018). How general practitioners understand and handle medically unexplained symptoms: a focus group study. 9 p. BMC Family Practice . Vol. 19.

Rasmussen, Erik Børve (2017). Balancing medical accuracy and diagnostic consequences: diagnosing medically unexplained symptoms in primary care. Sociology of Health and Illness . Vol. 39.

Album, Dag; Johannessen, Lars E. F.; Rasmussen, Erik Børve (2017). Stability and change in disease prestige: A comparative analysis of three surveys spanning a quarter of a century. Social Science and Medicine . Vol. 180.

Grue, Jan; Johannessen, Lars Emil Fagernes; Rasmussen, Erik Fossan (2015). Prestige rankings of chronic diseases and disabilities. A survey among professionals in the disability field. Social Science and Medicine . Vol. 124.

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