Marie Louise Seeberg is Research Director at NOVA's Department for Childhood, Family and Child Welfare. A social anthropologist, she has conducted fieldwork in a wide array of settings. In her PhD thesis, she explored and compared the ways in which Dutch and Norwegian schools deal with ethnic and other differences. Her research topics also include the meanings of home and homeland among Vietnamese refugees in Norway, relations between Swedish welfare institutions and refugees from Vietnam, and conditions for asylum seeking children in Norway. In later years, she has especially studied care worker migration into Norway and developed her interest in complexity and systems theory. From 2013, she leads the IMISCOE research cluster “Contested Childhoods in times of Crises” and from 2016 she leads WELLMIG uni.oslomet.no/wellmig
Fields of study
Migration Nationalism Refugees Immigration Borders Childhood Transnationalism Nursing and care School Asylum seekers Ethnic relations Labour migration Health workerrs
Children with a Refugee Background – Measures for Inclusion and Belonging (Barnfluk)
The project aims to discover the experiences children and young people who come to Norway as refugees have with the settlement and integration process, and how municipalities work with this group.
Complementary Pathways for Adult Refugees: The Role of VET, Skills and Qualifications
The aim of the project is to increase the evidence base which can support policy- and decision-making in EU MS in designing and implementing complementary pathway mechanisms for admission of adult refugees from a first host country to an EU country through use of VET, skills and qualifications.
Equality and Multiculturalism
A comparative study of Norwegian and Dutch processes of alterity and identity.
Food2Gather: Exploring foodscapes as public places for integration
FOOD2GATHER investigates the roles food play in creating public spaces, shaping opportunities for communication and relations between places and the peoples that inhabit it.
From Settlement to Adult Life. A Study of the Service Chain for Unaccompanied Minor Refugees
The research project will provide up-to-date knowledge about the services offered to young refugees who have come as unaccompanied minors and who have achieved residency in Norway.
Global Care Workers in the Norwegian Welfare State: Care Chains, Intersectionality and Social Capital
In this project, attention is drawn to the careers of two groups of migrant care workers in Norway, nurses and au pairs, to the structures that have formed their careers, as well as to the impact on the care institutions of recruiting care workers from abroad.
Local Match in Refugee Resettlement
This project aims to discover how the government can better match newly arrived refugees with Norwegian municipalities through better linking of settlement, skills, and labour needs.
Migration for Welfare: Nurses within Three Regimes of Immigration and Integration into the Norwegian Welfare State (WELLMIG)
WELLMIG brings together the perspectives that migrants not only depend on, but also make significant contributions to the welfare state.
Parenting in Ethnic and Religious Minority Contexts in Norway
The aim of the project is to develop research-based knowledge about different forms of parenthood that co-exist in Norway, based on parents’ own perspectives.
Review of Norwegian Research on Ethnic Discrimination of Children and Young People
The project includes a review of relevant research contributions that deal with ethnic discrimination against children and adolescents in Norway.
Work Places in the Health Care Sector: Gender, Class, Ethnicity
The starting point for this project was the growing recruitment of immigrants to the Norwegian health care sector.
Publications and research
Vaughn, Taylor; Seeberg, Marie Louise; Gotehus, Aslaug (2019). Waiting: Migrant nurses in Norway. Time & Society . Vol. 29.
Seeberg, Marie Louise (2017). Alt er relativt: ytelser til barnefamilier i norske asylmottak, 1989–2017. Tidsskrift for velferdsforskning . Vol. 20.
Hydle, Ida Marie; Seeberg, Marie Louise (2017). Difference as culture: Roots and implications of a mode of framing. Pali, Brunilda; Aertsen, Ivo (Ed.). Restoring Justice and Security in Intercultural Europe. 1. Routledge.
Sirovatka, Tomáš; Valkova, Jana; Seeberg, Marie Louise (2017). Conclusions. Sirovatka, Tomáš; Valkova, Jana (Ed.). Understanding Care Policies in Changing Times:Experiences and Lessons from the Czech Republic and Norway. 8. p. 209-232. Nakladatelství Masarykovy univerzity.
Bjørnholt, Margunn; Stefansen, Kari; Gashi, Liridona; Seeberg, Marie Louise
Balancing acts: Policy frameworks and family care strategies in Norway.
Sirovatka, Tomáš; Valkova, Jana (Ed.).
Understanding Care Policies in Changing Times:Experiences and Lessons from the Czech Republic and Norway. 6. p. 161-184.
Nakladatelství Masarykovy univerzity.
Seeberg, Marie Louise; Jessen, Jorunn Theresia (2017). Providing care services: strategies of key actors and emerging policy change in Norway. Sirovatka, Tomáš; Valkova, Jana (Ed.). Understanding Care Policies in Changing Times:Experiences and Lessons from the Czech Republic and Norway. 4. p. 115-134. Nakladatelství Masarykovy univerzity.
Horak, Pavel; Horakova, Marketa; Seeberg, Marie Louise; Jessen, Jorunn Theresia (2017). Care policies and governance in Norway and the Czech Republic. Sirovatka, Tomáš; Valkova, Jana (Ed.). Understanding Care Policies in Changing Times:Experiences and Lessons from the Czech Republic and Norway. 2. p. 55-86. Nakladatelství Masarykovy univerzity.
Gozdziak, Elzbieta M.; Seeberg, Marie Louise (2016). Looking Ahead: Contested Childhoods and Migrancy. Seeberg, Marie Louise; Gozdziak, Elzbieta M. (Ed.). Contested Childhoods: Growing up in Migrancy. Migration, Governance, Identities. Kapittel 10. p. 179-188. Springer.
Seeberg, Marie Louise (2016). Child Refugees and National Boundaries. Seeberg, Marie Louise; Gozdziak, Elzbieta M. (Ed.). Contested Childhoods: Growing up in Migrancy. Migration, Governance, Identities. Kapittel 3. p. 43-59. Springer.
Seeberg, Marie Louise; Gozdziak, Elzbieta M. (2016). Contested Childhoods: Growing up in Migrancy. Seeberg, Marie Louise; Gozdziak, Elzbieta M. (Ed.). Contested Childhoods: Growing up in Migrancy. Migration, Governance, Identities. Kapittel 1. p. 1-19. Springer.
Seeberg, Marie Louise (2007). Velferdsstaten møter verden: arbeidsplasser i endring. ISBN: 978-82-05-36630-5. 139 p. Gyldendal Akademisk.
Seeberg, Marie Louise; Aasen, Berit; Bell, Justyna; Hyggen, Christer; Tolgensbakk, Ida
Strategisk mottaksplassering og treffsikker bosetting: tidlige grep for integrering av flyktninger i kommunene.
Lidén, Hilde; Aasen, Berit; Seeberg, Marie Louise; Staver, Anne Balke
Fra bosetting til voksenliv: Den kommunale tjenestekjeden for enslige mindreårige flyktninger.
Gundersen, Tonje; Seeberg, Marie Louise
Samordning av tjenester for barn, ungdom og unge voksne med nedsatt funksjonsevne. Kunnskapssammenstilling (2010-2017).
Sirovátka,, Tomas; Seeberg, Marie Louise; Jessen, Jorunn Theresia; Horak, Pavel; Kubalčíková, Katerina; Hornacek, Josef; Valkova, Jana (2016). Care provision in the Czech Republic and Norway. 22 p.
Seeberg, Marie Louise; Jessen, Jorunn Theresia; Valkova, Jana; Plasova, Blanka; Kubalčíková, Katerina; Hornacek, Josef; Horak, Pavel (2016). Comparative report on the strategies of care investors and service providers in the Czech Republic and Norway. 26 p.
Takle, Marianne; Seeberg, Marie Louise
All European countries are not the same! The Dublin Regulation and onward migration in Europe.
Seeberg, Marie Louise; Eriksen, Ingunn Marie; Bakken, Anders
Evaluering av tiltaket "Målrettet støtte og veiledning til kommuner og deres skoler som har vedvarende høye mobbetall".
Seeberg, Marie Louise; Winsvold, Aina; Sverdrup, Sidsel
Skoleresultater og utdanningssituasjon for barn i barnevernet. En kunnskapsoversikt.
Hydle, Ida; Seeberg, Marie Louise (2013). Tett på unge. 34 p.
Seeberg, Marie Louise; Danielsen, Kirsten (2013). Tett på eldre. 32 p.
Solberg, Anne; Seeberg, Marie Louise (2022). Hvordan og hvorfor intervjue barn?. Metodeforum. NIFU.
Pawlak, Marek; Seeberg, Marie Louise (2022). Time for Actual Life: Migration for ‘Normal’ Work-Life Balance. 19th IMISCOE annual conference. OsloMet, PRIO, ISF, Fafo and IMISCOE (International Migrati.
Seeberg, Marie Louise (2022). “I wanted to apply, but it was impossible because”. Young refugees in Norway. International Workshop "In Every Single Way but on Paper?": Context and Agency in Migrant and Refugee Children's Legal Liminality. Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv University.
Seeberg, Marie Louise
Moving out, moving up, moving down: migration and mobility.
WELLMIG project blog.
Seeberg, Marie Louise (2021). Temporary transitions: Young refugees beyond risk and resilience. The IX Conference on Childhood Studies: Childhood and Time.. Tampere University/The Finnish Society for Childhood Studies.
Seeberg, Marie Louise; Prabhat, Devyani (2021). Children or migrants? Nation branding and migration control. 20th Nordic Migration Research Conference. University of Helsinki.
Lund, Helene Wille; Seeberg, Marie Louise
Kompetansen til flyktninger er underutnyttet.
Vaughn, Taylor; Seeberg, Marie Louise; Gotehus, Aslaug (2020). Video Abstract. Waiting: Migrant Nurses in Norway.
Prabhat, Devyani; Seeberg, Marie Louise (2020). Migrant Children’s Rights and Plights: Role Conflict and Negative Nation Branding. SLS Virtual Annual Conference 2020. Society of Legal Scholars.
Seeberg, Marie Louise
Nursing Across Borders in the time of the Pandemic (videopresentation from the WELLMIG project).
Border Criminologies. Centre for Criminology at the University of Oxford.