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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

      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 (

      Bjørnshagen, V. & Ugreninov, E. (2020). Labour market inclusion of young people with mental health problems in Norway. Alter - European Journal of Disability Research (

      Østerud, K.L. (2020). Leading the Way? State Employers’ Engagement with a Disability Employment Policy. Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies (

      Finnvold, J.E. (2019). How Income Inequality and Immigrant Background Affect children’s Use of Mental Healthcare Services in Oslo, Norway. Child Indicators Research (

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

      Vedeler, J.S. & Anvik, C.H. (2019). Flexibility and visibility. An examination of the narratives of Norwegian people with disabilities about working part-time. Alter - European Journal of Disability Research (

      Vedeler, J.S.; Olsen, T. & Eriksen, J. (2019). Hate speech harms: a social justice discussion of disabled Norwegians' experiences. Disability & Society (

      See more publications at the researchers' employee pages.

      Featured research

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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.