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The Network for Disability Research

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According to the World Health Organization, around 15 percent of the population lives with some form of disability. Individuals with disabilities and their families may face many of the same challenges such as stereotypical attitudes, poor facilitation or provision of services and insufficient benefits.

Research on how such challenges affect the opportunities for educational, occupational and social participation among individuals with disabilities and their families are key topics at the research institute NOVA.

The network for disability research brings together knowledge across institutes, research groups and disciplines and counts members from NOVA and other parts of OsloMet.

The network members meet approximately once a month. Our ambition is to invite external and internal researchers to present their research during lunch-seminars to discuss work in progress, paper drafts and research proposals. 


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    • Participants

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      Selected publications

      Bøhler, K.K., Bossy, D. & Hervie, V.M. (2022). How Did Children With Disabilities Experience Education and Social Welfare During Covid-19?. Social Inclusion (

      Wondemu, M.Y., Joranger, P., Hermansen, Å., Brekke, I. (2022). Impact of child disability on parental employment and labour income: a quasi-experimental study of parents of children with disabilities in Norway. BMC Public Health (

      Bjørnshagen, V. (2022). Do Large Employers Discriminate Less? An Exploration of Company Size Variation in Disability Discrimination Based on Data from two Field Experiments. Work and Occupations (

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

      Østerud, K., & Vedeler, J. (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, K.L. (2022). Disability Discrimination: Employer Considerations of Disabled Jobseekers in Light of the Ideal Worker. Work, Employment and Society (

      Bjørnshagen, V. (2022). Unequal Access. Detecting Disability Discrimination. PhD Thesis. University of Oslo

      Bjørnshagen, V. (2021). The mark of mental health problems. A field experiment on hiring discrimination before and during COVID-19. Social Science & Medicine (

      Bjørnshagen, V. og Ugreninov, E. (2021). Disability Disadvantage: Experimental Evidence of Hiring Discrimination against Wheelchair Users. European Sociological Review (

      Hyggen, C. & Vedeler, J.S. (2021). Employer Engagement and Active Labour Market Policies. Evidence from a Norwegian Multi-Method Study. Social Policy and Society (

      Finnvold, J.E. (2021). Integrating Students with Disabilities in Schools. Lessons from Norway. Palgreve Pivot

      Sherry, M.; Olsen, T.; Vedeler, J.S. & Eriksen, J. (2019). Disability Hate Speech. Social, Cultural and Political Contexts. Routledge (

      See more publications at the researchers' employee pages.

      Featured research

      Elisbeth Ugreninov and Justyna Bell
      Research on discrimination in employment

      Elisabeth Ugreninov and Justyna Bell at OsloMet will lead a new EU project that will provide new insight into the conditions that either create barriers or facilitate the inclusion of different groups in working life.

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      Anxiety and depression more common among adults with ADHD

      According to new research, there may be several reasons for this.

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      Lack of knowledge affects people with visual impairments

      "Employers do not know enough about visual impairment and therefore choose not to hire applicants," says research fellow Gagan Chhabra at OsloMet.