Gunn Elisabeth Birkelund

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Secretary General, The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. 2021-2024   

Academic Interests

Social stratification and labour market studies. Analytical sociology. 

Research group: Social Inequalities and Population Dynamics:

Courses Taught

  • SOS4001- Sosiologisk teori 

  • SOS4100 - Social Inequality in the 21st Century: Egalitarian Norway in Comparative Perspective


  • Professor, Sociology, at University of Oslo. 1999 -

  • Dr.polit.,Sociology, University of Bergen, 1993

  • Cand.polit., Sociology, University of Bergen 1982

  • Employed at University of Bergen (research assistant, assistant professor, associate professor) 1983-97

  • Researcher at Fafo Institute for Applied Social Research 1996-97

  • Researcher and Research director of a Norwegian Research Council program at Institute for Social Research 1997-99

  • Director for Advanced Program in Labour Studies, the Faculty of Social Science, University of Oslo, 2006-2007

  • Honorary Fellow, University of Wisconsin-Madison (1987 -)

  • Visiting scholar, University of California at Berkeley (1993-94)

  • Visiting scholar, University of Oxford and Nuffield College (2005-2006).

  • Professor II, The Institute for Analytical Sociology, Linköping University, 2015-2019. 

  • Birkelund has also had shorter periods of research at University of Essex; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; CREST/ENSAE, Paris; and GEMASS, Paris Sorbonne University.

  • Vice President and Chair of the The Humanities and Social Sciences Division, The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, 2018-20.

Positions Held


  • Dr. Tak Wing Chan, University of Oxford

  • Professor Yannick Lemel, CREST/ENSAE and GEMASS, Paris

  • Professor Felix Elwert, University of Madison, Wisconsin

  • Professor Peter Hedström, Linköping University



Tags: Sociology
Published Oct. 4, 2010 4:14 PM - Last modified Apr. 30, 2021 11:24 AM