I am a media researcher at the University of Bergen, Norway, where I am employed as Associate Professor at the Department of Information Science and Media Studies.
My main research interests are media use, social media, public debate, media and gender, identity, popular journalism and the public sphere. I have extensive experience with various qualitative methods. My main theoretical influences are public sphere theory, sociology, feminist theory and audience and reception research.
I hold a PhD from the University of Bergen, with a dissertation called Women’s magazines and their readers: Experiences, Identity and Everyday Life (2012). Afterwards I worked as a researcher at the Uni Rokkan Centre conducting a media history project on the debate on the institution of women’s suffrage and political participation. From 2012 to 2016 I was a postdoctoral research fellow at UiB, with a project on social media and debates on welfare politics. The postdoc was part of a large interdisciplinary research project on user responses to the Norwegian welfare state, funded by the Norwegian Research Council. The project I am currently part of, also funded by the NRC, is Media Use, Culture and Public Connection: Freedom of Information in the ‘Age of Big Data’ and my role is to lead our qualitative explorations of this topic.
I have been on the editorial board of Norsk medietidsskrift, a Norwegian peer-reviewed media research journal, from 2008 to 2014, and am currently member of the board of the Norwegian Media Researchers’ Association. I am co-director of CEDAR – Consortium on Emerging Directions in Audience Research, an international network of early career researchers conducting a project on the future of audience research.