• E-mailMarte.Haaland@uib.no
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    Overlege Danielsens hus, Årstadveien 21
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    Postboks 7804
    5020 Bergen

Marte E. S. Haaland is a social anthropologist working with maternal health and sexual and reproductive health and rights.  She has research experience from Norway as well as from sub-Saharan Africa.

In Norway, Haaland has examined  maternal health care for immigrants with a special focus on antenatal care, addressing an existing health equity gap. In her Phd-research, she explores the politics of abortion in Zambia with a special interest in abortion policies as an element of reproductive governance. Through a year of ethnographic fieldwork, she has followed the Zambian abortion policy from its representations in international fora, to the national level political disputes associated with it, to how it is understood and reshaped by local level health bureaucrats. She has also examined the every-day moral politics of abortion in one of Zambia’s more rural provinces.

Haaland has extensive experience in research administration. She has served as administrative coordinator for the Centre for Intervention Science in Maternal and Child health (CISMAC).

Vi må verne om det norske helsevesenet - Bergens Tidende 27.9.2019

Kvinnekroppen som forhandlingskort - Bergens Tidende 8.3.2019

When abortions become public - a case from rural Zambia - Presentation at anniverisy seminar for Centre for International Health 10.12.2018

Mange millioner jenter blir uønsket gravide - Bergens Tidene 02.12.2018

Kvinnekropper i politisk spill, igjen (Female bodies in politics, again) - guest blogpost at Maddam.no, October 31, 2018

Law, politics and adolescent sexual and reproductive health: evidence of impact - panelist in panel during Bergen Exchanges 21.8.2018

La oss snakke litt om abort (Let's talk about abortion) - guest blogpost at Maddam.no, June 14, 2018


Culture and health, medical anthropology, qualitative research methods, sexual and reporductive health and rights, ethnography

Journal articles
  • Blystad, Astrid; Haukanes, Haldis; Tadele, Getnet; Haaland, Marte Emilie Sandvik; Sambaiga, Richard; Zulu, Joseph M.; Moland, Karen Marie. 2019. The access paradox: abortion law, policy and practice in Ethiopia, Tanzania and Zambia. International Journal for Equity in Health. 18. doi: 10.1186/s12939-019-1024-0
  • Haaland, Marte Emilie Sandvik; Haukanes, Haldis; Zulu, Joseph M.; Moland, Karen Marie; Michelo, Charles Cheembo; Munakampe, Margarate Nzala; Blystad, Astrid. 2019. Shaping the abortion policy – competing discourses on the Zambian termination of pregnancy act. International Journal for Equity in Health. 18: 1-11. doi: 10.1186/s12939-018-0908-8
  • Zulu, Joseph M.; Blystad, Astrid; Haaland, Marte Emilie Sandvik; Michelo, Charles; Haukanes, Haldis; Moland, Karen Marie. 2019. Why teach sexuality education in school? Teacher discretion in implementing comprehensive sexuality education in rural Zambia. International Journal for Equity in Health. doi: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12939-019-1023-1
  • Zulu, Joseph M.; Haaland, Marte Emilie Sandvik. 2019. Situating the Mexico City Policy: what shapes contraceptive access and abortion? The Lancet Global Health. Published 2019-06-27. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/S2214-109X(19)30278-5
  • Mukunya, David; Haaland, Marte Emilie Sandvik; Tumwine, James K.; Ndeezi, Grace; Namugga, Olive; Tumuhamye, Josephine; Sommerfelt, Halvor; Rujumba, Joseph; Tylleskär, Thorkild; Moland, Karen Marie; Nankabirwa, Victoria. 2018. "We shall count it as a part of kyogero": acceptability and considerations for scale up of single dose chlorhexidine for umbilical cord care in Central Uganda. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. 18. doi: 10.1186/s12884-018-2116-3
  • Haaland, Marte Emilie Sandvik. 2016. Krevende kommunikasjon om svangerskap og fødsel - Om veiledning av innvandrerkvinner på en norsk helsestasjon. Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift. 27: 191-208. doi: 10.18261/issn.1504-2898-2016-03-04-03
Reports and theses
  • Haaland, Marte Emilie Sandvik. 2015. Krevende kommunikasjon om svangerskap og fødsel. En studie av møtet mellom jordmødre og innvandrerkvinner på en norsk helsestasjon. Institutt for sosialantropologi, Universitetet i Bergen, Bergen. 100 pages.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

Haaland, M. E. S. 2016. Krevende kommunikasjon om svangerskap og fødsel - Om veiledning av innvandrerkvinner på en norsk helsestasjon. Norsk antropologisk tidsskrift, 26(03-04), 192-208. 

SAFEZT - Competing discourses impacting girls’ and women’s rights: Fertility control and safe abortion in Ethiopia, Zambia and Tanzania

CISMAC - Centre for Intervention Science in Maternal and Child Health

Research groups