PLURISPACE student grant

ARENA is looking for a student who is interested in writing a MA thesis on a theme related to public policy and minority civil society organisations in Norway.

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Negotiating diversity in Expanded European Public Spaces (PLURISPACE) focuses on the settlement of post-immigrant ethno-religious groups in the multilevel European context. This brings up a range of important issues pertaining to the expression and organization of collective identities; claims for participation/representation and recognition; the role of religion in public space; and the increasing influence of diaspora and transnational politics. PLURISPACE’s point of departure is that these questions cannot be properly addressed without at the same time taking into account the multilevel character of the European public space they unfold within, the multiple characters of the groups (some identified by national origins, others by religion etc.) and the multiple modes of integration. Within such a complex European space, we identify four policy and theoretical approaches to diversity management and understanding of public space: multiculturalism, interculturalism, transnationalism and cosmopolitanism, and assess these in relation to the EU-level, in four countries (Norway, UK, France and Spain), and in two cities in each of the four countries (for Norway the cities are Oslo and Drammen). We focus on public policy and how it is understood and received in post-immigrant religious (Muslim) groups.

PLURISPACE invites a master’s thesis that contributes to the analysis of public policy and/or civil society organisations at the national or city level in Norway or across levels and cities/countries.  

Contributing to analyzing Norwegian public policy on post-immigrant integration and/or comparing Norway with any of the other participating countries is a possibility.

Participation in data collection through conducting interviews with civil society organisations in Oslo and/or Drammen is another possibility.

The use of qualitative methods is therefore especially welcome.

The choice of cases and method will be done in cooperation with the PLURISPACE supervisor.


  • Prior enrolment in an MA-programme and meet the academic progress requirements of that programme
  • Strong command of the Norwegian language
  • Write an MA thesis in English or Norwegian
  • Supervisor from ARENA: Prof. John Erik Fossum or post-doctoral researcher Alexander Page
  • Daily workspace at ARENA from October 2021 until June 2022
  • Submit the thesis during the spring term 2022


Deadline: June 2021 (exact date TBA)

The application should include:

  • Letter of motivation, indicating why and how you intend to address the project (1-2 pages)
  • CV (including information on current studies and references)
  • Copies of transcripts from BA and MA
  • A sample of your written work, such as a seminar paper or bachelor thesis. 

Evaluation and selection criteria

We wish to attract students holding high academic standards. We will give preference to applicants with a combination of: good grades, a convincing letter of motivation, and proficiency in English and Norwegian writing and speaking.

Rights and duties

The following duties will apply to you as a student:

  • Finish your MA thesis within the outlined time frame
  • Contribute to relevant ARENA and PLURISPACE activities during your time at ARENA, including ARENA’s regular Tuesday seminars
  • Have your daily workspace at ARENA from October 2021 until June 2022
  • Have an ARENA researcher as supervisor

Your rights as a student at ARENA are:

  • Supervision by a researcher from the PLURISPACE team at ARENA
  • Grant of NOK 20,000
  • Publication of your MA thesis in the ARENA report series (subject to an assessment by the ARENA Director).


  • For any questions related to the research topics, please contact PLURISPACE PI John Erik Fossum: / 22 85 88 81
  • For other questions, please contact project administrator Geir Kværk: / 99 51 37 91
Published July 8, 2020 1:26 PM - Last modified Jan. 27, 2021 9:21 AM