Marlene Folkestad Persson is a senior researcher at the Section for Youth Research at Norwegian Social Research (NOVA), Oslo Metropolitan University. She has a MA in sociology from the University of Oslo, and a Phd (2022) in Social sciences from Oslo Metropolitan University. She is currently co-leading the research project LIFECHANCES. The project analysis data fra Inequality in Youth – A Qualitative, Longitudinal Research Database, and explores how life chance differentition are affected by processes outside and inside of education. Persson also studies inclusion in leisure activities, and especially gendered processes in sports. Her doctoral thesis explores the declining participation of girls in sports during the teenage years.
Fields of study
Leisure activities for Children and Youth in a Gender Equality Perspective
In this project, NOVA will review research from the last ten years that address children and youth’s leisure time in combination with perspectives on gender, gender equality and gender stereotypes.
Participation in Sports among Norwegian Youth
The aim of the research project is to gain new knowledge about the social position and status of sport participation among young people in Norway.
Sports Research at the Ungdata Centre
The project aims to update and widen our knowledge about participation in sports and physical activity and experiences with sports among children and young people in Norway.
Tomorrow’s Inequalities in the Making: Processes of Life Chance Differentiation within and outside of Education (LIFECHANCES)
In LIFECHANCES we investigate how differences between young people may become inequalities in life chances over time.
Ungdata is a cross-national data collection scheme, designed to conduct youth surveys at the municipal level in Norway. NOVA administers the national database which is used as a basis for many research projects.
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Fotball som kjønnet mulighetsrom. Hvilken betydning har metafortellingen om kvinnefotball for unge jenters idrettsprosjekt?.
Tidsskrift for kjønnsforskning.
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Opting out of youth sports: how can we understand the social processes involved?.
Sport, Education and Society.