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Lisa M. B. Sølvberg

PhD Candidate
  • E-maillisa.solvberg@uib.no
  • Phone+47 55 58 38 35
  • Visitor Address
    Department of Sociology
    Rosenbergsgaten 39
    5020 Bergen
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7802
    5020 Bergen

My research interests are cultural class analysis, social inequality, symbolic boudaries and hiring processes. 

In my PhD project – Gatekeeping mechanisms in the workforce: The importance of class, culture and lifestyle in recruitment processes in the Norwegian upper class – I investigates how recruitment and hiring processes take place at the top of the hierarchy, and which aspects that characterize them.

Scientific presentations

'Elite sorting in an "egalitarian" society', Professions, authority and meritocracy workshop, Nedre Foss gård / Centre for the Study of Professions, OsloMet, Oslo, December 5th 2022.

'Elite Sorting in an “egalitarian” society', Bourdieu, Work & Inequalities conference, National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts, Paris, November 16th 2022

'Elite sorting in an “egalitarian” society', Elites, Power and Inequalities summer school, Observatory of Swiss Elites, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, University of Lausanne, June 24th 2022

'Gatekeeping mechanisms in the workforce: The importance of class, culture and lifestyle in recruitment processes in the Norwegian upper class', Norwegian network for research on class, NOVA, OsloMet, april 20th 2022

'The Class(ifi)ed Body: Carnal Distinctions in the Upper Class', Vinterseminaret, Norwegian Sociological Association, Hafjell, February 2nd 2018 (with Vegard Jarness, UiB). 



"Slik blir du sentralbanksjef", Morgenbladet (07.01.2022). 

"The soft skills that help elite men achieve financial jobs", eFinancialCareers (30.11.2021).

"«Jeg pleier å legge inn en styrkeøkt mellom to begravelser». Møt supermosjonistene som gjør alt for å få inn en ekstra treningsøkt", interview, DN Magasinet (09.01.2021).

"Ein veltrena kropp gir menn fortrinn i karrieren", interview, Kilden kjønnsforskning (26.04.2018).


Other presentations

'Sosiologi: hva, hvorfor og hvordan', Open day, Ulrike Pihls hus, UiB, January 21st 2019.

'Masteroppgaven og masterprosessen', introduction for the new Master's students, Department of Sociology, UiB, August 23rd 2018 (with Caroline Lotten Söderlind, UiB). 

'Sosiologien i arbeid', Career Lunch - What Can You Become as a Sociologist?, Det Akademiske Kvarter, April 26th 2018. 

Academic article
  • Show author(s) (2021). Constructions of the ideal elite employee: A content analysis of job advertisements for positions in the Norwegian upper class. Current Sociology. 18 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Assessing Contradictions: Methodological Challenges when Mapping Symbolic Boundaries. Cultural Sociology. 178-197.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Class, body and culture: physical activity and symbolic boundaries in the upper class. Tidsskrift for samfunnsforskning. 5-25.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

2021. "Constructions of the Ideal Elite Employee: A Content Analysis of Job Advertisements for Positions in the Norwegian Upper Class". Current Sociology. 

2019. "Assessing Contradictions: Methodological Challenges when Mapping Symbolic Boundaries". Cultural Sociology (co-authered with Jarness, V.)

2018. "Class, Body and Culture: Physical Activity and Symbolic Boundaries in the Upper Class". Tidsskrift for samfunnsforskning (co-authered with Jarness, V.)

2017. The Classed Body. Taste and Distaste in the Norwegian Upper Class. Master thesis, University of Bergen.


M.A., Sociology, University of Bergen, 2017

B.A., Sociology, University of Bergen, 2015

B.A., Media Studies, University of Bergen, 2013


Related Professional Experience

PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology, University of Bergen, jan. 2022 - .

Lecturer/Coordinator for MET102, University of Bergen, aug. 2019 - dec. 2021.

Research assistant/Coordinator for MET102, University of Bergen, aug. 2017 - aug. 2019.

Seminar leader in MET102, Universitetet i Bergen, aug. 2016 - may 2017.

Seminar leader in SOS116, Universitetet i Bergen, jan. 2016 - mai 2016.


Professional memberships and pro bono

Substitute, The Equality Committee, University of Bergen, may - dec. 2022.

Reviewer: Cultural Sociology, Current Sociology.

Project assistant for Marit Skivenes, Centre for Research on Discretion and Paternalism, University of Bergen, 2019.

Head of Norwegian Sociological Association – division for Western Norway, june 2018 - dec. 2020. 

Board member, Norwegian Sociological Association – division for Western Norway, jan. 2018 - may 2018.