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Susanne Bygnes

Associate Professor
  • E-mailSusanne.Bygnes@uib.no
  • Phone+47 55 58 97 32
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    Rosenbergsgt. 39
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    Postboks 7802
    5020 Bergen

Key words: Migration, diversity, EU-crisis, refugee-crisis, Spain, Syrian diaspora, social mobilisation, highly skilled refugees

Susanne Bygnes is associate professor in Sociology at the University of Bergen in Norway. Her main research topics include international migration and majority perspectives on diversity. Her recent work use 'crisis' as point of departure to understand new migratory patterns and local community reactions to sudden increase in diversity. Since 2013 she has worked with two particular cases of human mobility in the wake of the European financial crisis and the subsequent 'refugee crisis' to understand how crisis shape both migrants' and 'recieving communities' imaginations, experiences and reactions. Methodologically she draws mainly on in-depth qualitative interviews, but also works with ethnography and quantitative panel data. 

She had visiting scholar status at Scoula Normale Superioire de Firenze (University of Pisa) Ocotber to November 2018 and has previosuly been visiting scholar at UC Berkeley (June-August 2012), Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona (April-July 2014) and Sussex University (March-June 2015).

Bygnes is currently principal investigator for the project 'Imagining and Experiencing the Refugee crisis (IMEX)' (2017-2021). Her most recent articles on crisis and migration include Are they leaving because of the crisis? (2017) in Sociology and Welcome to Norway! (2017) in Tidsskrift for Velferdsforskning.


Susanne Bygnes also dessiminates actively in a range of foras outside the academic realm, ranging from local upper secondary schools and senior universities to governmental and NGO stakeholders and national newpapers, radio and TV.   


Selected op-eds and media interviews:

Interview BT Junior (4.10.2017)

Interview NRK Nyhetsmorgen (2.10.2017)

Interview NRK Ytring (1.10.2017)

Interview Dagsnytt 18 (18.06.2017) 

Interview TV-documentary Mottaket NRK Nett-TV (publisert 26.07.2016)

Invited op-ed kommentarartikkel, BT (21.07.2016)

Interview, Dagsnytt 18 (21.12.15)

Interview, Ytring NRK P2 (20.12.15)

Interview, TV2 Nyhetkanalen (20.12.15)

Interview, NTB, gjengitt b.la i Nettavisen (20.12.15)

Interview, Aftenposten (16.12.15)

Interview, EKKO NRK P2 (7.12.15)

Op-ed BT "Vil forlate Synkende skip" (6.10.15)

"Disse fem flokene må katalanerne løse", Interview Aftenposten (28.09.15)

Interview  Bergensavisen 14.03.15

Myten om fattige Spanjoler i Norge. Interview, Her og Nå NRK P1 17. 04.13

Op-ed Har vi multikulturalisme? VG 7. mai 2012 s. 28-29


Course development and teaching 

Susanne Bygnes has been responsible for developing and teaching courses at the undergraduate level and teach/supervise at the graduate level and post-graduate level (Bergen Summer Research School). She has been main and co-supervisor for Kristine Wenaas' MA-thesis on local reactions to a new asylum center (2017) and Evelyn Holmøys' thesis on 'Refugees welcome to the Arctic' (2017).



Bygnes is currently supervising Amany Selim's PhD-project on diaspora mobilisation in Europe (2017-2021). Selim will write her thesis as part of the IMEX-project.


  • Bygnes, Susanne. 2008. Questioning modernity and development. VDM Verlag Dr. Müller Aktiengesellschaft & Co. KG. 112 pages. ISBN: 978-3-8364-5504-6.
Journal articles
  • Bygnes, Susanne. 2017. Welcome to Norway! Da flyktningkrisa kom til Norge. Tidsskrift for velferdsforskning. 20: 286-301. doi: 10.18261/issn.2464-3076-2017-04-03
  • Bygnes, Susanne. 2017. Are they leaving because of the crisis? The sociological significance of anomie as a motivation for migration. Sociology. 51: 258-273. doi: 10.1177/0038038515589300
  • Bygnes, Susanne; Karlsen, Marry-Anne. 2017. Krise og kontinuitet i mottak av flyktninger i Norden. Tidsskrift for velferdsforskning.
  • Bygnes, Susanne; Erdal, Marta Bivand. 2016. Liquid migration, grounded lives: considerations about future mobility and settlement among Polish and Spanish migrants in Norway. Journal of ethnic and migration studies. 43: 102-118. doi: 10.1080/1369183X.2016.1211004
  • Bygnes, Susanne; Flipo, Aurore. 2016. Political motivations for intra-European migration. Acta Sociologica.
  • Bygnes, Susanne. 2015. Mistillitens migrasjon: Europeisk sør-nord-mobilitet i kjølvannet av krisa. Sosiologisk Tidsskrift. 23: 171-192.
  • Bygnes, Susanne. 2012. 'We are in compleete agreement' The Diversity issue, Disagreement and Change in the European Women's Lobby. Social Movement Studies. doi: 10.1080/14742837.2012.703831
  • Bygnes, Susanne. 2012. Gender-equality as boundary: 'Gender-nation frames' in Norwegian EU campaign organizations. The European Journal of Women's Studies. 19: 7-22. doi: 10.1177/1350506811425882
  • Bygnes, Susanne. 2010. Making equality diverse? merged gender equality and anti-discrimination measures in Norway. NORA. Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research. 18: 88-104. doi: 10.1080/08038741003755475
  • Bygnes, Susanne. 2008. Interviewing People-oriented Elites. Eurosphere Working Papers. 10.
Reports and theses
  • Bygnes, Susanne. 2013. Diversity Dilemmas. Majority approaches to societal diversity in Norway and Europe. University of Bergen, Bergen.
Book sections
  • Bygnes, Susanne. 2014. Ad hoc multiculturalism: Prison staff approaches to cultural and religious diversity. 11, pages 203-220. In:
    • Aasen, Henriette Sinding; Gloppen, Siri; Magnussen, Anne-Mette; Nilssen, Even. 2014. Juridification and social citizenship in the welfare state. Edward Elgar Publishing. 317 pages. ISBN: 978-1-78347-022-8.
  • Bygnes, Susanne. 2008. Dorothy E. Smith. Kapittel, pages 187-193. In:
    • Mortensen, Ellen; Egeland, Cathrine; Gressgård, Randi; Holst, Cathrine; Jegerstedt, Kari; Rosland, Sissel; Sampson, Kristin. 2008. Kjønnsteori. Gyldendal Akademisk. 349 pages. ISBN: 978-82-05-372177.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

Selected Publications:

Bygnes, S (2019) A collective sigh of relief: Local reactions to the establishment of new asylum centers in Norway. Acta Sociologica https://doi.org/10.1177/0001699319833143

Bygnes, S. (2017) Welcome to Norway! Tidsskrift for Velferdsforskning 4 2017. Available Open Access

Bygnes, S. (2017) Are They Leaving Because of the Crisis? The Sociological Significance of Anomie as a Motivation for Migration. Sociology. doi: 10.1177/0038038515589300

Bygnes, S and Erdal, M (2017) Liquid Migration, grounded lives: Considerations about future mobility and settlement among Polish and Spanish migrants in Norway. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. Available Open Access

Bygnes, S and Flipo, A (2016) Political Motivations for intra-European Migration. Acta Sociologica. Doi 10.117/0001699316659909. Available Open Access

Bygnes, S. (2015) Migrants of disillusion: European South-North Mobility in the wake of the crisis.//Mistillitens migrasjon: Europeisk sør-nord mobilitet i kjølvannet av krisa. Sosiologisk Tidsskrift nr 3 2015.

Bygnes, S (2014) Ad-hoc Multiculturalism: Prison staff approaches to cultural and religious diversity. In: Judicialization and Citizenship in the Welfare State. Sinding Aasen, H. etl al (eds). Edward Elgar Publishing.

Bygnes, S. (2013) Ambivalent Multiculturalism. Sociology, Volume 47, issue 1, pp. 126-141. Doi: 10.1177/0038038512448560

Bygnes, S. (2012) 'We are in Complete Agreement': The Diversity Issue, Disagreement and Change in The European Women's Lobby. Social Movement Studies. Doi:10.1080/14742837.2012.703831

Bygnes, S. (2012) Gender-equality as boundary: 'Gender-nation frames' in Norwegian EU campaign organizations. European Journal of Women's Studies 19(1): 7-22.

Bygnes, S. (2010) Making Equality Diverse? Merged Gender Equality and Anti-Discrimination Measures in Norway NORA Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research, 18 (2): 88-104.

Bygnes, S. (2008) Interviewing People-oriented Elites. Eurosphere Working Paper Series. Online Working paper no. 10, 2008 (fulltekst pdf)


Other peer-reviewed publications:

Bygnes, S (2013) Diversity dilemmas – majority approaches to societal diversity in Norway and Europe. PhD-dissertation, University of Bergen ISBN: 9788230821909

Bygnes, S. (2008): Dorothy E. Smith. In: Kjønnsteori. Gyldendal Akademisk 2008

Bygnes, S. (2008): Questioning modernity and development. VDM Verlag Dr. Müller 2008 (112 pages, published MA-thesis)



Bygnes, S and Karlsen, M-A (2017) Krise og Kontinuitet i mottak av flyktninger i Norden. Tidsskrift for Velferdsforskning 4, 2017


Book review:

Bygnes, S. Krimmigrasjon? den nye kontrollen av de fremmede. I Nordic Journal of Migration Research 2015 5(3): 155-156


  • Board member International Migration and Ethnic Relations (IMER Bergen) 2014-
  • Committee member, best sociological paper award, Norwegian Sociological Association 2018-
  • Director, International Migration and Ethnic relations (IMER Bergen) Dec 2015-June 2017 
  • Head, academic committee, Nordic Migration Conference 2016
  • Head, Norsk Nettverk for Migrasjonsforskning 2014-2016
  • Board member Nordic Migration Research 2014-2016
  • Medlem av Forskerutdanningsforum 2011-2012
  • Medlem av styret for det samfunnsvitenskapelige fakultet 2009-2010
  • Styremedlem i Sosiologiforeningen, Avdeling Vestlandet 2009-2010


Reviewer for:

Sociological Forum

International Journal of Comparative Sociology

Social Movement Studies

Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (JEMS)

International Migration Reivew


Journal of Youth Studies

Canadian Studies in Population

Refugee Survey Quarterly

Nordic Journal of Migration Studies


Imagining and Experiencing the 'Refugee Crisis' (IMEX). Research Council of Norway: 1 million Euros (8 mill NOK). Frame: FRIPRO Young Reserach Talents. (2017-2021) PI: Bygnes

Labor Migration in Uncertain Times: Migration from Spain to Norway. Research Council of Norway: 3.500 000 NOK. VAM. Personal Postdoctoral Fellowship (2014-2018) PI: Bygnes

Claims-Making On Behalf Of Migrants In A Time Of Populism: Comparative Survey Experiments In Norway And California PIs: Kim Voss, Irene Bloemraad (both UC Berkeley), Elisabeth Ivarsflaten and Susanne Bygnes (both UiB), 15 000 USD, Peder Sather Grant Program (2017-2018). 

Flyktningekrisa: forestillinger og erfaringer. Pilotstudie finanisert av UiB og NFR. (2016). PI: Bygnes.