Rune Halvorsen, PhD in sociology, is professor of social policy, co-director of CEDIC -Centre for the study of digitalization of public services and citizenship (https://www.oslomet.no/en/cedic) and co-director of The Norwegian Research School on Digitalisation, Culture and Society (digitresearchschool.no). His main interests are European and comparative welfare policy, social citizenship, EU social policy, and citizenship movements. Halvorsen’s central concern is to contribute new knowledge for the future social Europe. He has contributed to theorisation of changes in social citizenship, welfare governance and structure/agency dynamics in mature welfare states. Empirically his research has focused on labour market inclusion policies, disability policy, poverty, youth transitions, self-organisation and social mobilisation among marginalised population groups, and how the adoption of new ICT shape the opportunities for participation of persons with disabilities (eInclusion). He has coordinated and participated in several cross-national and cross-disciplinary research projects funded by the EU (FP7 and Horizon 2020 collaborative projects, Marie Curie ITN and IF), the Nordic Council and the Research Council of Norway. In 2020-2023 he is the Scientific Coordinator of EUROSHIP - Closing gaps in social citizenship. New tools to foster social resilience in Europe. From 2019, he is co-chair of the Nordic ESPAnet – Network for European Social Policy Analysis, and a council member at the Nordic Centre at Fudan University, Shanghai. He has also held research posts at Maison des Sciences de l’Homme in Nantes and Paris and at the University of Leeds.
Fields of study
Welfare state Disability New Social Movements The European Union Health and welfare politics Comparative studies of poverty Active labour market program Active Citizenship
Administrative field of work
Research collaboration International cooperation Innovation Public relations
EUROSHIP – Closing Gaps in Social Citizenship. New Tools to Foster Social Resilience in Europe
The overall aim of the EUROSHIP project is to provide an original and gender-sensitive assessment of the current gaps in social protection across Europe.
Healthcare Access in Rural Border Regions. Realizing Patient Rights Across European Borders (HARBOR)
The overall aim of the HARBOR project is to develop an integrated approach of cross-border interactions and access to health care in European border regions, and to rethink healthcare planning across border regions.
Making Persons with Disabilities Full Citizens (DISCIT)
DISCIT aims to produce new knowledge enabling Member States, affiliated European countries and the European Union to achieve full and effective participation of persons with disabilities in society and economy.
Sino-Norway Welfare Policy Dialogue (SINOPO)
The aim of SINOPO is to help solve the problem of poverty among persons with disabilities in China. The project focuses on labour market inclusion, accessibility and the development and provision of assistive devices.
Publications and research
Erikstad, Lars; Simensen, Trond; Bakkestuen, Vegar; Halvorsen, Rune
Index Measuring Land Use Intensity—A Gradient‐Based Approach.
He, Biao; Halvorsen, Rune
DIGITAL INCLUSION FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES IN CHINA UNDER COVID-19: HOW FAR HAS CHINA COME?.
Frontiers of Law in China
Halvorsen, Rune; Hvinden, Bjørn; Schoyen, Mi Ah (2019). Hva skal til for å få flere unge funksjonshemmede i arbeid? Et systemperspektiv. Aamodt, Hilde Anette; Dahl, Espen; Gubrium, Erika; Haldar, Marit; Hermansen, Åsmund (Ed.). Sosialt arbeid og sosialpolitikk i samhandling. Kapittel 12. p. 246-266. Fagbokforlaget.
Halvorsen, Rune; Hvinden, Bjørn (2018). Integrated discussion: Managing diversity among youth in Nordic social protection policies. Halvorsen, Rune; Hvinden, Bjørn (Ed.). Youth, Diversity and employment: Comparative perspectives on Labour Market Policies. 9. p. 199-228. Edward Elgar Publishing.
Halvorsen, Rune; Hvinden, Bjørn; Kuivalainen, Susan; Schoyen, Mi Ah (2018). A new approach to promoting youth inclusion in the labour market? Disability in the Nordic welfare states. Halvorsen, Rune; Hvinden, Bjørn (Ed.). Youth, Diversity and employment: Comparative perspectives on Labour Market Policies. 6. p. 127-149. Edward Elgar Publishing.
Halvorsen, Rune; Hvinden, Bjørn (2018). Youth. Diversity and employment in times of crisis and Economic restructuring - an introduction. Halvorsen, Rune; Hvinden, Bjørn (Ed.). Youth, Diversity and employment: Comparative perspectives on Labour Market Policies. 1. p. 1-31. Edward Elgar Publishing.
Halvorsen, Rune; Hvinden, Bjørn (2018). Youth, Diversity and employment: Comparative perspectives on Labour Market Policies. ISBN: 978-1-78347-599-5. 232 p. Edward Elgar Publishing.
Scaratti, Chiara; Leonardi, Matilde; Silvaggi, Fabiola; Ávila, Carolina C.; Muñoz-Murillo, Amalia; Stavroussi, Panayiota; Roka, Olga; Burger, Helena; Fheodoroff, Klemens; Tobiasz-Adamczyk, Beata; Sabariego, Carla; Esteban, Eva; Gruber, Sonja; Svestkova, Olga; Halvorsen, Rune; Kadyrbaeva, Asel; Ferraina, Sabrina (2018). Mapping European Welfare Models: State of the Art of Strategies for Professional Integration and Reintegration of Persons with Chronic Diseases. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health . Vol. 15.
Hvinden, Bjørn; Halvorsen, Rune
Mediating Agency and Structure in Sociology: What Role for Conversion Factors?.
Halvorsen, Rune; Bøhler, Kjetil Klette; Siska, Jan (2017). Life-course Interviews on Disability and Active Citizenship – Collecting and Analysing Big Qualitative Data. Halvorsen, Rune; Hvinden, Bjørn; Beadle-Brown, Julie; Biggeri, Mario; Tøssebro, Jan; Waldschmidt, Anne (Ed.). Understanding the Lived Experiences of Persons with Disabilities in Nine Countries : Active Citizenship and Disability in Europe Volume 2. 3. p. 36-48. Routledge.
He, Biao; Halvorsen, Rune (2021). Assistive Technology in China: policy framework, service delivery, and industry development. 27 p.
He, Biao; Halvorsen, Rune
Employment-Promoting Policies for Persons with Disabilities in China–Understanding the Changing Policy System.
Halvorsen, Rune; Hvinden, Bjørn (2017). Doing constructive disability research: New exchange relationships between research instituttions, government and civil society (Translated to Chinese by Yi Huang). 10 p.
Halvorsen, Rune; Hvinden, Bjørn (2014). New Policies to Promote Youth Inclusion : Accommodation of diversity in the Nordic Welfare States. ISBN: 978-92-893-3868-4. 161 p. 10.6027/TN2014-564 (doi)
Halvorsen, Rune; Hvinden, Bjørn (2013). Active Citizenship for Europeans with disabilities - Current knowledge and analytical framework - A working paper. 100 p.
Halvorsen, Rune; Sandlie, Hans Christian (2012). Universell utforming og tilgjengelighet i norsk boligpolitikk: sosial regulering, institusjonelle rammer og lokal iverksetting. ISBN: 978-82-7894-436-3. 114 p.
Hvinden, Bjørn; Halvorsen, Rune
Andre lands modeller for å fremme sysselsetting blant personer med nedsatt funksjonsevne.
Halvorsen, Rune; Hvinden, Bjørn
Aktivt medborgerskap i kommunal velferdspolitikk: utsikter for økt deltakerdemokrati og sosial inkludering.
Halvorsen, Rune (2002). The Paradox of Self-Organisation among Disadvantaged People: A Study of Marginal Citizenship. ISBN: 82-471-5083-2. 362 p.
Halvorsen, Rune; Moseng, Bera Ulstein (2000). Videre forskning om lesbiskes og homofiles levekår. 18 p.
Halvorsen, Rune (2023). The future of work and welfare in the digital economy – new risk of poverty and social exclusion. The future of work and welfare in the digital economy – new risk of poverty and social exclusion. OsloMet.
Halvorsen, Rune; Schoyen, Mi Ah
Closing gaps in social rights and social citizenship in Europe.
Schoyen, Mi Ah; Hansen, Helle Cathrine; Halvorsen, Rune (2022). Active inclusion of young social assistance recipients. Peer review - Social Protection Committee, European Commission. DG Employment and Social Affairs, European Commission.
Halvorsen, Rune (2022). Nordic disability protection meeting supranational equal treatment policy. Nordic Societies BA course. Nordic Centre, Fudan University.
Halvorsen, Rune; He, Biao (2022). E-governance for all – Towards Accessible Government Websites: Law and policy design and implementation in Chinese and Nordic contexts. E-governance for all – Towards Accessible Government Websites: Law and policy design and implementation in Chinese and Nordic contexts. CEDIC i samarbeid med Nordic Center at Fudan University, Wuhan East-Lake Institute of Social Advancement and Public Interest and Development Law Institute, Wuhan University, China.
Schøyen, Mi Ah; Halvorsen, Rune (2022). Rundbordssamtale om digitalt utenforskap i Norge – utfordringer for offentlig tjenester. Rundbordssamtale om digitalt utenforskap i Norge – utfordringer for offentlig tjenester. EUROSHIP.
Halvorsen, Rune (2022). Collaboration with Estonia in Horizon 2020 - The EUROSHIP project. Meeting with the Research Council of Estonia. OsloMet RD division.
Halvorsen, Rune (2022). Active citizenship and disability in Europe. Side Event of the UN Human Rights Council 51st Session 28 September 2022: Human Rights Protection for Persons with Disabilities. The Institute for Human Rights of China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL) and The Institute for Human Rights Studies of Wuhan University.
Halvorsen, Rune (2022). Social Citizenship and resilience after Covid – the Nordic welfare states in European perspective (key note speaker). Nordic ESPAnet annual workshop for early stage researchers. Nordic ESPAnet – Network for European Social Policy Analysis.
Halvorsen, Rune (2022). Doing cross national and comparative research based on qualitative data. PhD workshop on qualitative methods. Poznan University of Economics and Business, Poznan, Poland.