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Inequality

Inequality is a multidimensional and complex challenge to human development, prosperity and well-being. We aim to improve our understanding of the interconnections between several dimensions of inequality in different contexts, and to produce better knowledge on how to address inequalities and move towards greater equality.

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An increasing amount of knowledge has established that inequality is a multidimensional and complex challenge to human development, prosperity and well-being. Research has also suggested that inequalities – in wealth, lifespan or through geography – may actually be increasing rather than being reduced. In the Inequality pillar of Bergen School of Global Studies, we approach inequality through multidimensional and plural research, and understand that inequality is irreducible to socio-economic indicators alone.  To combat inequality, we need to research issues as wide-ranging as global questions of data sovereignty, health disparities across the world, and questions of citizenship in the world’s emerging megacities, to name just a few.

The pillar is led by the Global Research Programme on Inequality (GRIP), a radically interdisciplinary research programme that views inequality as a fundamental challenge to human well-being, and works to foster co-designed processes of knowledge creation to understand and address the multiple dimensions of rising inequalities.

Our global, interconnected world is characterised by new constellations within various realms of knowledge—including culture, policy, economics and society. This calls for more diverse, critical and integrated scientific approaches; entailing a re-thinking of relations across domains often approached separately, such as racism/xenophobia and climate change, or the emergence of new digital technologies and the exponential growth of knowledge systems at a global level.

In addition to being based in social sciences, we seek to involve health, data, natural and other scientists, in co-designed processes of knowledge construction.

GRIP works to connect global and critical research on inequality in a way that can contribute to systemic transformations. Our research aims to better understand the multiple facets of inequality, including economic, social, political, cultural, environmental and knowledge-based inequalities, and to contribute to addressing these through producing actionable and relevant research.

Courses and subjects taught in English

Teaching semester Spring 2022
AORG325 Discretion and Paternalism (Marit Skivenes)
BIO382 Aquatic Food Production (Erik Jan Robert Lock
ELMED310 Equity and Fairness in Health — an Applied Approach (Ole Frithjof Norheim and Kjell Arne Johansson
FIL336 Environmental Ethics (Trygve Lavik)
FIL349 Political Philosophy (Jesse Tomalty)
GLODE305 Gender Analysing Global Development — Core Perspectives and Issues (Ann Cathrin Corrales-Øverlid)
GLODE306 Foundations for Health Promotion (Marguerite Daniel)
GEO-SD321 Model-based Socioeconomic Planning (Matteo Pedercini)
INTH360 Global Nutrition (Ingunn Marie Engebretsen
INTH344 Migration and Health (Esperanza Diaz
INTH321A Experimental Epidemiology (Thorkild Tylleskär
JUS250-2-C Health and Human Rights in the Welfare State (Henriette Sinding Aasen)
JUS276-2-B European Human Rights (Bjørnar Borvik)
JUS291-2-A EU and EEA State Aid Law (Malgorzata Cyndecka
MABARN316 Childhood and Parenting in Diverse Contexts (Gaby Ortiz Barreda
RELMIN646 Freedom of Religion (Michael Stausberg)
RELV360 Jews and Antisemitism in Modern Europe, 1789-1945 (Alexander van der Haven)

Teaching semester Autumn 2022
ECON324 Economies (Rita Ginja
FIL328 Moral Philosophy (Espen Gamlund)
GEO330 Theories of Sustainable Land Use (Ole Reidar Vetaas and Connor Cavanagh)
JUS276-2-C Human Rights and Welfare Policies (Henriette Sinding Aasen)
PSY303 Global Psychology (David Sam)

Taught irregularly 
RELMIN639 Latter Day Saints and Society in the West, c. 1830-1950 (Frode Ulvund)
RELMIN641 Buddhism in Contemporary India (Knut Jacobsen)
​​​​​​​RELMIN643 Religious Minorities in Israel (Alexander van der Haven)
​​​​​​​SAMPOL346 Disruptive Justice (Cornelius Cappelen)

Relevant undergraduate courses:
Teaching semester Autumn 2022

PED200 Education in a Changing Society (Gry Heggli)
MUV280 Popular Music Studies (Thomas James Solomon

Master's degree programmes taught in English

Global Development Theory and Practice
How can human rights and social justice be integrated in development processes? How do we appraise the consequences of global governance and the politics of aid? How does climate change impact on sustainable development? This programme gives you a thorough understanding of global development processes through critical evaluation of relevant theories and the contexts of sustainable human development.
Contact: Siri Lange

Public Administration
Public Administration is the study of administration, organization and politics. The programme develops analytical skills through the use of relevant theories of organization and institutions. You will also learn how to design suitable research methods to study current complex governance and policy issues and their implications.  
Contact: Ishtiaq Jamil 

System Dynamics
In a complex and developing world, we need theories, methods and tools to help us understand, manage, and communicate effectively. System dynamics studies how and why things change over time.
Contact: Birgit Kopainsky

Global Health
Finding sustainable solutions to global health problems is urgent in an increasingly globalised and unequal world. Health is an indicator of inequality and needs to be addressed in a broader perspective. This programme places a priority on improving health and achieving health equity for all people worldwide, with a special focus on health problems in low- and middle-income countries.
Contact: Ingunn Engebretsen