Society and Workplace Diversity Research Group

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Professor Gro Mjeldheim Sandal, Department of Psychosocial Science


Society and Workplace Diversity Research Group
Department of Psychosocial Science
Christiesgt. 12
5015 Bergen

Phone: 55 58 31 90
E-mail: post@psysp.uib.no

The Society and Workplace Diversity group is a research unit at Faculty of Psychology at the University of Bergen. Our research projects are devoted to develop knowledge about challenges and implications of ethnic diversity in the society in general and in the workplaces. An aim is to develop knowledge of applied value for policy makers and human resource management in organizations. Within this field, the research group is involved in projects focusing on issues such as:

- Recruitment in multicultural pools of applicants
- Implications of cultural diversity for group dynamics and team performance
- Selection for expatriate work assignments and the assessment of cultural competence
- Leadership in multicultural environments
- Characteristics and consequences of acculturation strategies of immigrant groups
- Multi-ethnic contact in plural societies
- Refugee mental health
- Cross-cultural studies of civic and political engagement
- Factors propelling and sustaining hazardous emigration from Africa

The Norwegian Research Council finances a large part of the research activities of the group. Several projects are also undertaken in contract with international organizations, e.g. the European Space Agency (ESA). We collaborate with a large number of prominent scientists around the world who make valuable contributions to our research.

COVID-19 outbreak

COVID-19 and psychological distress in Norway: the role of trust in the healthcare system

This study aims to examine groups at risk for psychological distress in connection with the COVID-19 outbreak, and the role of trust in the healthcare system as a possible moderator.

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Antarctic winters trigger psychological hibernation

Antarctic winters trigger psychological hibernation so people can cope with isolation and darkness.