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Marit Haldar

Marit Haldar


Marit Haldar, Phd in sociology, is professor at Oslo Metropolitan University and director of CEDIC (Centre for the study of digitalization of public services and citizenship). Important themes in her research are childhood, the elderly, gender, family, social inequality, social isolation and tele-presence. Equality and vulnerable subjects in the welfare state and health care system are primary concerns of her research. Her overall studies of normality and cultural perceptions of deviance have contributed to new understanding of what creates social inequality. Haldar has developed a novel methodological approach to qualitative research which is acclaimed in international methodology literature (see Silverman, D. 2011, "Interpreting qualitative data", 4th ed. London: Sage). She has also participated in several cross-diciplinary research projects, most notably the project “Disease prestige and informal priority settings” and “Teddy-diaries, cross-cultural conceptions of childhood” which resulted in several important publications.
Haldar holds numerous distinguished positions and responsibilities, including as:
• Project manager of VIRTUAL PRESENCE, A cultural analysis of the emergence of 'telepresence technologies' as a solution to loneliness, funded by the Research Council of Norway
• Head of the interdisciplinary research group Welfare Access Through Technology (WATT)
• President of Norwegian Sociological Association.
• Chairman of Norwegian Sociological Journal
• Member of the Hans L. Zetterberg prize in Sociology committee – Sweden
• Winner of “The best researcher of the year 2019” at Oslo Metropolitan University
• Nominated as outstanding lecture by Morgenbladet (newspaper) (2016)

Fields of study

Academic disciplines

Social sciences   Sociology

Subject areas

Qualitative research   Power   Medical Sociology   Gender   Sociology of childhood   Method of analysis   Telecare

Research projects

Scientific publications

Jentoft, Elian Eve; Sandset, Tony Joakim Ananiassen ; Haldar, Marit (2024). Problematizing loneliness as a public health issue: an analysis of policy in the United Kingdom. Critical Policy Studies.

Hughes, Gemma; Moore, Lucy; Hennessy, Megan; Sandset, Tony Joakim Ananiassen ; Jentoft, Elian Eve; Haldar, Marit (2024). What kind of a problem is loneliness? Representations of connectedness and participation from a study of telepresence technologies in the UK. Frontiers in Digital Health. Vol. 6.

Jentoft, Elian Eve; Haldar, Marit (2023). Panacea or poison? Exploring the paradoxical problematizations of loneliness, technology and youth in Norwegian and UK policymaking. International journal of sociology and social policy.

Nordtug, Maja ; Haldar, Marit (2023). Ethics Beyond the Checklist: Fruitful Dilemmas Before, During, and After Data Collection. Qualitative Inquiry. Vol. 30.

Johannessen, Lars E. F. ; Nordtug, Maja ; Haldar, Marit (2023). Multi-site domestication: taming technologies across multiple institutional settings. Information, Communication & Society.

Johannessen, Lars E. F. ; Rasmussen, Erik Børve ; Haldar, Marit (2023). Educational purity and technological danger: understanding scepticism towards the use of telepresence robots in school. British Journal of Sociology of Education. Vol. 44.

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.

Høydal, Øyunn Syrstad ; Haldar, Marit (2021). A tale of the digital future: Analyzing the digitalization of the Norwegian education system. Critical Policy Studies.

Larsson, Karl Kristian; Haldar, Marit (2021). Can Computers Automate Welfare? Norwegian Efforts to Make Welfare Policy More Effective. Journal of Extreme Anthropology. Vol. 5.

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. 19 p. Tidsskrift for samfunnsforskning. Vol. 62.

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