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Cathrine Holst is Professor at Department of Sociology and Human Geography and Research Professor at ARENA Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo. She is also connected to Centre for Research on Gender Equality (CORE), Institute for Social Research.

Academic interests

Cathrine Holst's main fields of academic interest are political sociology and democracy research, social and political theory, the role of knowledge and expertise in policy and politics, EU, European integration and the Nordic model, gender policy, feminist theory and gender studies.

Holst is director of the research projects EPISTO: Why not epistocracy? Political legitimacy and the fact of expertise (2012-2017), and EUREX: Expertization of Public Inquiry Commissions in a Europeanized Administrative Order (2016-2020). She is also affiliated with GLOBUS: Reconsidering European Contributions to Global Justice, Institutional change in a democratic society, and EuroDiv: Integration and division: Towards a segmented Europe?

In 2020/2021 Holst will be connected to Centre for Advanced Studies (CAS) at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. Holst and Jakob Elster will be leaders of one of the research groups at CAS and the project What is a good policy? Political morality, feasibility and democracy (GOODPOL)



Holst has a dr. polit.-degree from University of Bergen (2005). From 2005 to 2007 she was Associate Professor in philosophy of the social sciences, University of Bergen.

She has been guest researcher at QoG (Quality of Government), University of Gothenburg (2014), Robert Schuman Centre, European University Institute, Firenze (2012), Hans Jonas-Zentrum, Freie Universität, Berlin (2004), and New School for Social Research, New York (2001)

Holst has directed and participated in several research projects. She was member of the Norwegian Gender+ Equality Commission (2010-2012). She is an experienced journal editor and has had columns in several Norwegian newspapers. Holst is currently Head of Board for the Science Studies Colloquium Series at the University of Oslo, see

Tags: Democracy, Expertise, European integration, Political theory, Gender policy, Feminist Theory


  • Holst, Cathrine & Molander, Anders (2019). Epistemic democracy and the role of experts. Contemporary Political Theory.  ISSN 1470-8914. . doi:
  • Skjeie, Hege; Holst, Cathrine & Teigen, Mari (2019). Splendid Isolation? On How a Non-member Is Affected by—And Affects—EU Gender Equality Policy, In Moira Dustin; Nuno Ferreira & Susan Millns (ed.),  Gender and Queer Perspectives on Brexit.  Palgrave Macmillan.  ISBN 978-3-030-03122-0.  Kapittel 17.  s 439 - 461
  • Engelstad, Fredrik; Holst, Cathrine & Aakvaag, Gunnar C. (2018). Introduction: Democracy, Institutional Compatibility and Change, In Fredrik Engelstad; Cathrine Holst & Gunnar C. Aakvaag (ed.),  Democratic State and Democratic Society.  De Gruyter Open.  ISBN 978-3-11-063407-5.  Chapter 1.  s 1 - 21
  • Holst, Cathrine (2018). Afterword: Varieties of Expertisation, In Cathrine Holst; Marta Warat & Magdalena Góra (ed.),  Expertisation and Democracy in Europe.  Routledge.  ISBN 978-1138288232.  Afterword.
  • Holst, Cathrine (2018). Kjønn, feminisme og vitenskap, I: Ståle Gundersen; Tarjei Mandt Larsen & Cato Wittusen (red.),  Utvalgte filosofiske emner til EXPHIL.  Universitetsforlaget.  ISBN 978-82-15-03125-5.  7.
  • Holst, Cathrine (2018). Kjønn, feminisme og vitenskap, I: Susanna Maria Solli & Eivind Balsvik (red.),  Introduksjon til samfunnsvitenskapene; Bind 2. (3. utgave).  Universitetsforlaget.  ISBN 978-82-15-02966-5.  Kapittel.
  • Holst, Cathrine (2018). Promoting Global Justice When Backlash Strikes: EU and UN Beijing +20. GLOBUS Research Papers.  ISSN 2535-2504.  2018(7) Full text in Research Archive. Show summary
  • Holst, Cathrine (2018). Scandinavian Feminism and Gender Partnership, In Nina Witoszek & Atle Midttun (ed.),  Sustainable Modernity: The Nordic Model and Beyond.  Routledge.  ISBN 978-1138718210.  Kapittel 6.  s 102 - 118
  • Holst, Cathrine; Góra, Magdalena & Warat, Marta (2018). Introduction: Expertisation and Democracy in Europe, In Cathrine Holst; Marta Warat & Magdalena Góra (ed.),  Expertisation and Democracy in Europe.  Routledge.  ISBN 978-1138288232.  Intro.
  • Holst, Cathrine & Krick, Eva (2018). Committee Governance in Consensus Cultures: An Exploration of Best Practice Cases in Germany and Norway, In Fredrik Engelstad; Cathrine Holst & Gunnar C. Aakvaag (ed.),  Democratic State and Democratic Society.  De Gruyter Open.  ISBN 978-3-11-063407-5.  Kapittel 7.  s 151 - 174
  • Holst, Cathrine & Molander, Anders (2018). Asymmetry, disagreement and biases: epistemic worries about expertise. Social Epistemology.  ISSN 0269-1728.  32(6), s 358- 371
  • Holst, Cathrine & Seibicke, Helena (2018). Unpacking Gender Expertise: The Case of the European Women’s Lobby, In Cathrine Holst; Marta Warat & Magdalena Góra (ed.),  Expertisation and Democracy in Europe.  Routledge.  ISBN 978-1138288232.  7.
  • Krick, Eva & Holst, Cathrine (2018). The socio-political ties of expert bodies. How to reconcile the independence requirement of reliable expertise and the responsiveness requirement of democratic governance. European Politics and Society.  ISSN 2374-5118. . doi: 10.1080/23745118.2018.1515866 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Christensen, Johan & Holst, Cathrine (2017). Advisory Commissions, Academic Expertise and Democratic Legitimacy: The Case of Norway. Science and Public Policy.  ISSN 0302-3427.  44(6), s 821- 833 . doi: 10.1093/scipol/scx016 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Holst, Cathrine (2017). Epistocracy on Seasteds?, In Victor Tiberius (ed.),  Seasteds. Opportunities and Challenges for Small New Societies.  vdf Hochschulverlag AG an der ETH Zürich.  ISBN 9783728138217.  Part II.  s 105 - 115 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Holst, Cathrine; Gornitzka, Åse & Christensen, Johan (2017). Knowledge Regimes in the Nordic Countries, In Oddbjørn P. Knutsen (ed.),  The Nordic Models in Political Science : Challenged, but Still Viable?.  Fagbokforlaget.  ISBN 978-82-450-2175-2.  Book chapter.
  • Holst, Cathrine & Molander, Anders (2017). Public deliberation and the fact of expertise: making experts accountable. Social Epistemology.  ISSN 0269-1728.  31(3), s 235- 250 . doi: 10.1080/02691728.2017.1317865 Full text in Research Archive. Show summary
  • Skjeie, Hege; Holst, Cathrine & Teigen, Mari (2017). Benevolent Contestations: Mainstreaming, Judicialisation, and Europeanization in the Norwegian Gender+ Equality Debate, In Heather MacRae & Elaine Weiner (ed.),  Towards Gendering Institutionalism.  Rowman & Littlefield International.  ISBN 9781783489961.  Chapter 6.  s 121 - 143 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Holst, Cathrine (2016). Frie forhandlinger og likelønnas elendighet, I: Sigtona Halrynjo & Mari Teigen (red.),  Ulik likestilling i arbeidslivet.  Gyldendal Akademisk.  ISBN 978-82-05-49601-9.  3.  s 54 - 79
  • Holst, Cathrine (2016). Frie forhandlinger og "likelønnas elendighet", I: Sigtona Halrynjo & Mari Teigen (red.),  Ulik likestilling i arbeidslivet.  Gyldendal Akademisk.  ISBN 978-82-05-49601-9.  Kapittel 3.  s 54 - 79

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  • Engelstad, Fredrik; Holst, Cathrine & Aakvaag, Gunnar C. (ed.) (2018). Democratic State and Democratic Society. De Gruyter Open.  ISBN 978-3-11-063407-5.  403 s.
  • Holst, Cathrine; Warat, Marta & Góra, Magdalena (ed.) (2018). Expertisation and Democracy in Europe. Routledge.  ISBN 978-1138288232.  230 s. Show summary
  • Holst, Cathrine (2017). Hva er feminisme. Universitetsforlaget.  ISBN 978-82-15-02983-2.  162 s.

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  • Christensen, Johan & Holst, Cathrine (2018). The Role of Experts in Policy-Making: Bridging the Gap Between Normative Theory and Empirical Analysis. Show summary
  • Holst, Cathrine (2018). A comment to "Agents seeking principals – the role of policy intermediaries in corporate political Activity".
  • Holst, Cathrine (2018). Ekspertenes inntog. Når forskere lager politikk.
  • Holst, Cathrine (2018). Ekspertenes rolle i demokratiet.
  • Holst, Cathrine (2018). Epistemic worries over the political role of expertise.
  • Holst, Cathrine (2018). Helga Hernes, feminisme og sosialdemokrati.
  • Holst, Cathrine (2018). Knowledge-Based Policy-Making? A Coversation with Cass Sunstein and Anine Kierulf.
  • Holst, Cathrine (2018, 06. desember). Kunnskapsbasert politikkutforming – en samtale med Cass Sunstein. [Fagblad].  Nytt Norsk Tidsskrift.
  • Holst, Cathrine (2018). Kvalitative metoder i politikkutforming.
  • Holst, Cathrine (2018). Makt- og demokratiutredningen – treffer analysen 15 år etter? Kommentar til Øyvind Østerud.
  • Holst, Cathrine (2018). Norske offentlige utredninger mellom fag og politikk. Samtale med Grete Brochmann og Anne Lise Ellingsæter.
  • Holst, Cathrine (2018). Offentlige utredninger i politikkutforming.
  • Holst, Cathrine (2018). Promoting global justice when backlash strikes: the Beijing consensus on gender equality – and what happened to it. Global Justice Blog.
  • Holst, Cathrine (2018). The role of academic knowledge in Norwegian think tanks.
  • Holst, Cathrine (2018). Trust in Science. A Comment to Susan Owens.
  • Holst, Cathrine & Christensen, Johan (2018). Panel: Tracing Expertization. Show summary
  • Holst, Cathrine & Christensen, Johan (2018). The role of experts in policy-making. Bridging the gap between normative theory and empirical scholarship.
  • Holst, Cathrine & Christensen, Johan (2018). The role of experts in policy-making: Bridging the gap between normative theory and empirical analysis.
  • Holst, Cathrine & Langvatn, Silje Aambø (2018). Accountability of experts - is it what we need?.
  • Holst, Cathrine & Langvatn, Silje Aambø (2018). Accountability of experts: What does it mean, why is it challenging - and is it what we need?.
  • Holst, Cathrine & Lyngstad, Torkild Hovde (2018). Årets sosiolog 2018 - Nils Petter Gleditsch.
  • Holst, Cathrine (2017, 02. september). - Økt makt til ekspertene kan bli et problem. [Internett].
  • Holst, Cathrine (2017). A global setback for women's rights. Global Justice Blog.
  • Holst, Cathrine (2017). Advisory Commissions, Academic Knowledge and Democratic Legitimacy.
  • Holst, Cathrine (2017). Advisory Commissions, academic knowledge, and democratic legitimacy: a Nordic case.
  • Holst, Cathrine (2017). Committee Governance in Consensus Cultures.
  • Holst, Cathrine (2017). Den unge Marx' ekspertifiseringskritikk.
  • Holst, Cathrine (2017). Ekspertenes inntog.
  • Holst, Cathrine (2017, 17. oktober). Ekspertenes inntog. Intervju i Verdibørsen. [Radio].
  • Holst, Cathrine (2017). Epistocracy and non-ideal theory.
  • Holst, Cathrine (2017). Expertise and legitimacy.
  • Holst, Cathrine (2017). Feminisme - venstre - høyre.
  • Holst, Cathrine (2017). Feminisme i sosiologien.
  • Holst, Cathrine (2017). Folket og forskerne. Minerva (Oslo).  ISSN 0805-7842.  (2)
  • Holst, Cathrine (2017, 17. januar). For mykje demokrati, for lite handlekraft. Omtale i Stavanger Aftenblad.  Stavanger Aftenblad.
  • Holst, Cathrine (2017). Forholdet mellom vitenskap og normer.
  • Holst, Cathrine (2017). Forskning og politikkutvikling.
  • Holst, Cathrine (2017). Generasjonsstafetter i kjønnsforskningen: Et blikk på sosiologien.
  • Holst, Cathrine (2017, 02. februar). Gode kommisjoner virker forsonende. [Internett].
  • Holst, Cathrine (2017). Gratispassasjerene. Agenda Magasin.
  • Holst, Cathrine (2017, 08. mars). Hva er feminisme?. [Internett].  Universitetsforlaget. Podcast.
  • Holst, Cathrine (2017). Hva er galt med ekspertsyre?. Filosofisk supplement.  ISSN 0809-8220.
  • Holst, Cathrine (2017). Hvor stor makt har økonomene?.
  • Holst, Cathrine (2017). Kommentar til foredrag av Hanspieter Kriesi.
  • Holst, Cathrine (2017). Kunnskapsbasert politikk?.
  • Holst, Cathrine (2017). Kunnskapsbasert politikk - et demokratisk problem?. Stat og styring.  ISSN 0803-0103.
  • Holst, Cathrine (2017). Likelønn.
  • Holst, Cathrine (2017, 03. september). Norges første oppdragsforsker ble fratatt jobben. [Internett].
  • Holst, Cathrine (2017). Norsk Sosiologforenings Hederspris 2017 til Else Øyen.
  • Holst, Cathrine (2017). Om kunnskapskilder i offentlig politikkutforming.
  • Holst, Cathrine (2017). Perspektiv på verket "Det norske samfunn".
  • Holst, Cathrine (2017). Politikk for likelønn.
  • Holst, Cathrine (2017). Rapport fra den digitale fronten. deltagelse i panelsamtale.
  • Holst, Cathrine (2017). Rettferdig harme. Anmeldelse av Anger and Forgiveness (2017)av Martha C. Nussbaum. Agora : Journal for metafysisk spekulasjon.  ISSN 0800-7136.
  • Holst, Cathrine (2017). Scandianvian Feminism and Gender Partnership.
  • Holst, Cathrine (2017). The 22 July Commission: Lessons for Democratic Theory.
  • Holst, Cathrine (2017). The role of academic knowledge in Norwegian think tanks.
  • Holst, Cathrine (2017, 30. august). Valg og politikk: Hvordan stemme for likestilling?. [Internett].  KILDEN - Kjønnsavdelingen, Podcast.
  • Holst, Cathrine (2017). Varieties of Normativ Inquiry. A Comment to Andrew Abbott.
  • Holst, Cathrine (2017, 08. mars). Vi ser et globalt tilbakeslag.  Aftenposten.
  • Holst, Cathrine & Christensen, Johan (2017). The role of academic knowledge in Norwegian think tanks.
  • Krick, Eva; Holst, Cathrine & Gornitzka, Åse (2017). The negotiated expertise of ad hoc advisory committees and the dynamics and variations of knowledge regimes.
  • Langvatn, Silje Aambø & Holst, Cathrine (2017). Accountability of expertise? Frameworks for addressing the normative challenges of increasing reliance on experts.
  • Molander, Anders & Holst, Cathrine (2017). What's wrong with epistocracy?.
  • Holst, Cathrine (2016). Accountability of experts.
  • Holst, Cathrine (2016). Advisory Commissions, Academic Expertise and Democratic Legitimacy: The Case of Norway.
  • Holst, Cathrine (2016). "Det er storhet i dette synet på livet". Harald Eias akademiske kredibilitet. Minervanett.  (1)
  • Holst, Cathrine (2016). EUREX.Prosjektpresentasjon.
  • Holst, Cathrine (2016). Ekspertvelde.
  • Holst, Cathrine (2016). En helt vanlig utredning. Agenda Magasin.
  • Holst, Cathrine (2016). Epistemic segmentation and expert accountability in the EU economic reform discourse.
  • Holst, Cathrine (2016). Europeiseringen av det norske samfunn.
  • Holst, Cathrine (2016). “Expert disagreement and expert influence in public inquiry commissions on environmental policy”.
  • Holst, Cathrine (2016). Expertization of Public Inquiry Commissions.
  • Holst, Cathrine (2016). Holding experts to account: Lessons from EU economic reform discourse.
  • Holst, Cathrine (2016, 22. juli). Intervju i Morgenbladet om 22. juli.  Morgenbladet.
  • Holst, Cathrine (2016, 02. januar). Intervju om krisene i EU.  Klassekampen.

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