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The Research Education Board (DGU) at Faculty of Social Sciences (SAM)

The Research Education Board makes decisions in connection with recruitment to the PhD program. The committee gives advice to the faculty management on strategic issues, and is an arena for discussing and developing the faculty's research programmes.

  • Meeting Dates

    Spring 2024 

    • Tuesday 23 January at 11.15-12.45
    • Tuesday 12 March at 11.15-12.45
    • Tuesday 7 May at 11.15-12.45
    • Tuesday 18 June at 11.15-12.45 
  • Case Documents and Minutes

    Case documents and minutes from councils and committees at OsloMet are published in the web portal OpenGov (

  • Mandate of the Reseach Education Board

    The DGU at the Faculty of Social Sciences shall contribute to the development of research education at the faculty. The DGU shall contribute to the faculty having a comprehensive strategy for the PhD program, and that the program, including the PhD subjects, are of high quality reflecting the faculty's professional profile and characteristics.

    The DGU shall contribute to the development of the PhD program in accordance with the requirements for university accreditation in the Study Quality Regulation and the Study Supervision Regulation.

    The DGU shall make decisions in cases that have been delegated from the dean and advise the faculty management on strategic issues related to the research educations. The DGU shall be a forum for discussing the faculty's research education, to develop the faculty's research educations based on experiences and results.

    The DGU shall initiate investigations into the areas DGU finds necessary.

  • The Research Education Board´s tasks

    The DGU has been delegated decision-making authority from the dean to:

    • admit applicants to the PhD program
    • make decisions in matters concerning the individual PhD candidate
    • appoint doctoral committees
    • approve recommendations from the doctoral committees
    • administer regulations, guidelines, and routines for the PhD program at the faculty
    • make decisions and provide recommendations concerning doctoral studies at the faculty
    • approve changes in the supplementary guidelines for the faculty's PhD program
    • approve changes in the program and subject plan for the faculty's PhD program
    • approve the establishment of subjects for the faculty's PhD program
    • initiate and coordinate the development of common elements between the PhD programs at the faculty

    The DGU should be supplemented with one member from the Education Board at SAM, vice-dean or whoever he/she delegates, with competence for supervision and quality work in the following cases:

    • decisions on significant changes in program and subject plans at the PhD level
    • approve the establishment of subjects for the faculty's PhD program 

    The following decision-making cases have been delegated to the chair and vice-chair of the DGU: Applications for

    • presentation to the doctoral examination
    • appointment of doctoral committees
    • approval of the recommendation when the committee delivers a unanimous recommendation 

    The program leader/coordinator is continuously informed.

    The decisions made on delegations should be referred to at the first ordinary DGU meeting after the decision is made. Matters of principal nature should still be promoted for the DGU, as should cases that the dean believes the DGU should decide or comment on.

  • Term of Office and Rules of Procedure

    The term of the committee is 4 years, but this can be adjusted as a result of decisions in the university board regarding the organization of the faculty. Committee members are appointed for the same period. If members fall away during the period, the dean shall replace these in accordance with the committee's composition. 

    The Doctoral Committee usually has three meetings in the spring and two in the autumn.

    For votes, the following applies: 

    In cases where the committee has been delegated decision-making authority by the dean, each member has one – 1 – vote. If the number of votes is equal, the committee chair has a double vote.

  • Composition of the Research Education Board

    The DGU should have the necessary competence in research education. At the same time, the DGU must have a overall view of the faculty's activities in the R&D area, and knowledge of the overall R&D work at OsloMet.

    The DGU shall have the following composition:

    • The leader, vice dean for education
    • Two academic employees (professors), of whom one is deputy leader
    • Four coordinators, one from each of the program´s specializations
    • A representative from SVA
    • Two PhD candidates 
    • An external representative

    All members of the Doctoral Committee must have a personal deputy. The doctoral committee must have a deputy chairperson who is the committee's deputy chairperson.

    Appointment/election of representatives:

    • The dean appoints the committee leader and deputy leader
    • The dean appoints an external representative (committee leader is the proposer)
    • The dean appoints UF employees and fellows (committee leaders and department heads are the proposers)
    • The dean appoints PhD candidates for two years at a time (committee leaders and department heads are the proposers). Three deputies may be appointed for the two PhD candidates.
  • Members

    • The leader of the DGU Vice-Dean Nathalie Hyde-Clarke. Deputy leader Professor Asbjørn Røiseland.
    • UF representative Professor Asbjørn Røiseland. Deputy: Professor Karoline Andrea Ihlebæk. 
    • UF representative Professor Nils Pharo. Deputy: Professor Cecilie Basberg Neumann.
    • Program coordinator Associate Professor Åshild Auglænd Johnsen. Deputy: Professor Mads Greaker. 
    • Program coordinator Professor Amy Østertun Geirdal. Deputy: Associate Professor Lise Cecilie Kleppe.
    • Program coordinator Professor Håkon Larsen. Deputy: Professor Kjell Ivar Skjerdingstad.
    • Program coordinator Professor Steen Steensen. Deputy: Professor Birgitte Kjos Fonn. 
    • Research coordinator Jon Rogstad, NOVA, SVA. Deputy: Head og research Erik Henningen, NIBR, SVA. 
    • PhD candidate Alexander Dannerhäll. Deputy: Birgit Kvikne. 
    • PhD candidate Giang Huong Le. Deputy: Heidi Røsok-Dahl. 
    • Deputy PhD candidate: Trine Holten. 

    The Research and Development Section is the secretary for the DGU.