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Kaja Larsen Østerud

Kaja Larsen Østerud


I work as a researcher at NOVA, department for health and welfare studies. I have a masters in work and organizational psychology from University of Oslo (2011) and a PhD in social work and social policy from Oslo Metropolitan University (2022). In my PhD i investigated employer attitudes towards disabled job seekers and towards disability employment policy.

In my current resarch projects I am investigating discrimination of muslims in the labor market, services for families with disabled children and effects of the corona pandemic for young disabled people.

I use qualitative reseach methods with and emphasis on semi-structured interviews, focus groups and ethnography.

Fields of study

Academic disciplines

Psychology   Social work   Sociology

Subject areas

Discrimination - labour market   Welfare services   Disability

Research projects

Scientific publications

Østerud, Kaja Larsen; Vedeler, Janikke Solstad; Framstad, Nora Birgitte (2023). The exclusionary potential of work inclusion policies: Employers addressing their responsibilities towards disabled people. Takle, Marianne; Vedeler, Janikke Solstad; Schoyen, Mi Ah; Bøhler, Kjetil Klette; Falch-Eriksen, Asgeir (Ed.). Citizenship and Social Exclusion at the Margins of the Welfare State. p. 64-76. Routledge.

Østerud, Kaja Larsen (2022). Mental illness stigma and employer evaluation in hiring: Stereotypes, discrimination and the role of experience. Sociology of Health and Illness .

Østerud, Kaja Larsen (2022). A balancing act: The employer perspective on disability disclosure in hiring. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation . Vol. 56.

Østerud, Kaja Larsen; Vedeler, Janikke Solstad (2022). Disability and Regulatory Approaches to Employer Engagement: Cross-National Challenges in Bridging the Gap between Motivation and Hiring Practice. Social Policy and Society .

Østerud, Kaja Larsen (2022). Disability Discrimination: Employer Considerations of Disabled Jobseekers in Light of the Ideal Worker. Work, Employment and Society .

Bjørnshagen, Vegar; Østerud, Kaja Larsen (2021). Diskriminering av funksjonshemmede i arbeidslivet – funn fra et felteksperiment og oppfølgingsintervjuer. Søkelys på arbeidslivet . Vol. 3.

Østerud, Kaja Larsen (2020). Leading the Way? State Employers’ Engagement with a Disability Employment Policy. Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies .

Lone, Jon Anders; Bjørklund, Roald Arild; Østerud, Kaja Brynildsen; Anderssen, Line; Hoff, Thomas; Bjørkli, Cato Alexsander (2014). Assessing knowledge-intensive work environment: General versus situation-specific instruments. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology . Vol. 23.

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