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Ellen Ramvi { "honorific-suffix": "Professor", "fn": "Ellen Ramvi", "tel": "Telefon: 51834179", "email": "" }

Avdeling/enhet Det helsevitenskapelige fakultet
Institutt/senter Avdeling for omsorg og etikk
Rom KA A-276
Tlf priv/mob 93271515

I have been Head of the Professional Relations in Welfare Professions research group at the University of Stavanger since 2007.

My main research interests involve emotional and relational aspects of professional work. This includes research on professional development, professional identity and self-understanding in relational work, as well as research on emotional, relational and societal conditions for care and ethics. My particular contribution to the research field has been to introduce a psycho-social perspective on care, ethics and relational work ? a novel approach in the Norwegian context.

My current research interests relate to several projects on health professionals? personal and existential experiences of being confronted with death at work. One of these, is a work package in a project financed by the Research Council of Norway, on multicultural healthcare staff and their experiences of working with dying nursing homes residents in Norway. Since 2013, I have contributed to a methodology project - developing the Visual Matrix as a new psycho-social approach to investigating aspects of experience that may be difficult to articulate discursively, working alongside British and Scandinavian colleagues. 

I am a member of Network for Gender Research at the University of Stavanger, and the Nordic network Death: Emotions, Relations & Constructions (DERC). I am a founding member of the Association for Psychosocial Studies (APS), and a member of International Society for the Psychoanalytical Study of Organizations (ISPSO),  a member (and for one period a member of the Executive Committee) of the International Research Group for Psycho-Societal Analysis, a member of the Research Group Foundations, Phenomena and Conditions of Care (Omsorgens grunnlag, fenomener og vilkår, Senter for omsorgsforskning, Vest-Norge), and a member of The Norwegian Society for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents (Norsk forening for psykoanalytisk psykoterapi med barn og ungdom, Nfppbu).


My research areas relate to: relationship based work, professional development, care, ethics of care, empathy, death, gender, psycho-social research, health promotion strategies, organisational culture, psychosocial health, qualitative methods, reflexive practice.

Utvalgte publikasjoner

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Pågående forskning

Resent research projects:

Communication of death in nursing homes: a multi-cultural and multi-religious setting. (Project manager). Part of Multicultural workforce in Nursing Homes: Contemporary challenges, opportunities and potentials for the future in the Norwegian municipal care sector (MULTICARE). Funded by the Research Council of Norway (2016-2019)

En etnografisk feltstudie av hvordan helsepersonell i multikulturelle arbeidsfellesskap håndterer møtet med døden (2016-2019). Funded by the Research Council of Norway (PhD supervisor)

Normality in Kindergarten,  employee?s and children's experience and expectations to ?being normal? Funded by University of Stavanger, Norway (PhD supervisor)

Coordinating Return-to-Work (RTW) processes (2014-2017).Funded by Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Norway (PhD supervisor)

Relational experiences in encounter with dying patients and next of kin. A focus-group intervention (2015-2016). (Project manager)

Death at Work: An interpretation of biographical narratives of professionals in End of life care (2012-2016) Funded by University of Stavanger (PhD supervisor)

Exploring Life Transitions in Old age through Visual Matrix (2014-2015). Funded by Joint Committee for Nordic Research Councils for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (NOS-HS) (Project manager)

Professional identity and self-understanding in relational work (2011-2014) (Project manager)

The Road to a Work Life. Managers' experience with the inclusion of young adults with mental health problems (2012- 2013). Funded by Labour and Welfare Directorate FARVE. (Project manager)

Work and Mental Health (2010-2011). Funded by NAV Rogaland. (Project manager)



2017-current  Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Stavanger

2011-2013    Post Doctor Fellow in Professional relations in Welfare Professions, Department of Health Studies, University of Stavanger(UiS). (2 years)

2006-2017    Associate Professor, Department of Health Studies, University of Stavanger, Norway

2001-2006     PhD Fellow, Centre for Behavioural Research, University of Stavanger, Norway

1997-2001     Research Scientist, Department of Working Life and Business Development, Rogaland Research (RF) - (today IRIS), Norway

1996-1997  Project Manager, Rogaland A-senter, Stavanger, Norway

1982-1996   Various works as a nurse, mental health nurse and head nurse


2012      Visiting Research Fellow at University of Central Lancashire, The Psychosocial Research Unit. (six weeks)

2008-2009   Post Doctor Fellow at McGill University, Canada. Canadian Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, Program of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Canada. (12 months)

2007       Visiting Research Fellow at University of Central Lancashire, The Psychosocial Research Unit. (two weeks)


2007                Doctor of Philosophy in Humanities: 03.05.2007. Graduate School in Lifelong Learning, Roskilde University, Denmark

1996                Master of Science (MSc) in Special Education, Faculty of Teacher Education, Stavanger University College, Norway

1994            Advanced (part 2) Special Education studies, Faculty of Teacher Education, Stavanger University College, Norway.

1992                Advanced Education in Child Welfare, School of Social Work, Stavanger University College, Norway

1990                Human Resources Management, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stavanger University College, Norway

1986                Advanced Education in Mental Health Nursing,   Stavanger College of Nursing, Norway

1982                 Registered Nurse, Stavanger College of Nursing, Norway


Vitenskapelige publikasjoner (fra CRISTin)

  • Skarpaas, Lisebet Skeie; Aas, Randi Wågø (veileder); Ramvi, Ellen (veileder) (2019). Return to work coordination: Concept, consequences, and challenges. OsloMet. 213 s.
  • Strømme, Liv Mette; Johansson, Eva Marianne (veileder); Ramvi, Ellen (veileder) (2019). Normalitet i barnehagen. Ansatte og barns forventninger til det å "være normal". Universitetet i Stavanger. ISBN 978-82-7644-855-9. 344 s.
  • Moen, Kjetil; Ramvi, Ellen (veileder); Froggett, Lynn (veileder) (2016). Death at Work. An interpretation of biographical narratives of professionals in end of life care. Universitetet i Stavanger. ISBN 978-82-7644-663-0. 473 s.
  • Ramvi, Ellen; Skarpaas, Lisebet Skeie; Løvereide, Lise (2013). Veien inn i arbeidslivet.Lederes erfaring med inkludering av unge voksne med psykiske helseplager. Universitetet i Stavanger. ISBN 978-82-7644-529-9. 55 s.
  • Ramvi, Ellen; Farstad, Linn (2011). Arbeid og psykisk helse. Universitetet i Stavanger. ISBN 978-82-7644-458-2. 41 s.
  • Ramvi, Ellen (2007). Læring av erfaring? Et psykoanalytisk blikk på læreres læring. Forskerskolen i Livslang Læring, Roskilde Universitetscenter, Roskilde. ISBN 9788791387203. 318 s.
  • Ramvi, Ellen; Sagvaag, Hildegunn (1999). Takling av rusproblemer på jobb En intervjuundersøkelse. RF-rapport. ISBN 8272209896.
  • Lavik, Marta Høyland; Ramvi, Ellen (2019). Opplever innvandrarar at tru og livssyn kan vera ein ressurs når dei arbeider som helsepersonell ved sjukeheimar i Noreg?. Samarbeidsrådet for tros- og livssynssamfunn (STL) m.fl.; 2019-02-28.
  • Lavik, Marta Høyland; Ramvi, Ellen (2019). Profesjonell i møte med døden? Erfaringar frå migrantar som arbeider som helsepersonell ved norske sjukeheimar. 2019-08-29.
  • Ramvi, Ellen (2019). Døden og de profesjonelle relasjoner. 2019-10-03.
  • Ueland, Venke Irene; Ramvi, Ellen (2019). Working in the field of death and dying. Nurses existential experiences.. Academic centre for nursing and midwifery , Leuven, Belgium; 2019-02-04 - 2019-02-06.
  • Ådland, Anne Kristine; Lavik, Marta Høyland; Gripsrud, Birgitta Haga; Ramvi, Ellen (2019). Death and liminality: an ethnographic study of nursing home staff’s experiences in an encounter with the dead body. University of Bath; 2019-09-04 - 2019-09-07.
  • Gripsrud, Birgitta Haga; Ramvi, Ellen (2018). Visual Matrix i en studie av forestillinger om døden. Norsk palliativ forening; 2018-09-12 - 2018-09-14.
  • Gripsrud, Birgitta Haga; Ramvi, Ellen; Vevatne, Kari (2018). Couldn’t care less? The integrated breast cancer pathway as a case for nursing ethics. School of Nursing & Midwifery, University College Cork; 2018-09-01 - 2018-09-02.
  • Lavik, Marta Høyland; Ramvi, Ellen (2018). How do migrant health personnel experience the transition from country of origin to Norway when working with death?A qualitative study from five nursing homes in Norway. 2018-08-15 - 2018-08-17.
  • Lavik, Marta Høyland; Ramvi, Ellen (2018). Overgangen frå familiebasert til velferdsbasert omsorg for døyande: Erfaringar frå migrantar som arbeider som helsepersonell ved sjukeheimar i Noreg. Stavanger universitetssjukehus; 2018-06-12.
  • Lavik, Marta Høyland; Ramvi, Ellen (2018). Å arbeida tett på døden i Noreg - korleis opplever innvandrarar som arbeider som helsepersonell overgangen frå ei familiebasert til ei velferdsbasert omsorg?. Rådgivningsgruppen for alvorlig syke og døende, SUS; 2018-11-21.
  • Lavik, Marta Høyland; Ramvi, Ellen (2018). Å snakka om døden på sjukeheimen: Erfaringar frå eit multikulturelt arbeidsfelllesskap. Universitetet i Stavanger; 2018-01-22 - 2018-01-23.
  • Ramvi, Ellen (2018). Kommunikasjon om døden på sykehjem. Fra helsepersonell med innvandrerbakgrunn sitt perspektiv.. 2018-11-21.
  • Ramvi, Ellen (2018). Redsel i møte med døden. Erfaringer fra et multikulturelt arbeidsfellesskap på sykehjem. 2018-01-22 - 2018-01-23.
  • Ramvi, Ellen (2018). Selvforståelse og profesjonell identitet i et biografisk narrativt perspektiv. 2018-10-25.
  • Ramvi, Ellen; Lavik, Marta Høyland (2018). Hvordan kommuniserer helsepersonell med innvandrerbakgrunn om døden på sykehjem i Norge?. 2018-09-12 - 2018-09-14.
  • Ramvi, Ellen; Lavik, Marta Høyland (2018). Migrant healthcare personnel working with death and dying in a welfare state. A qualitative study of the experience of challenges. 2018-10-16 - 2018-10-17.
  • Ramvi, Ellen; Lavik, Marta Høyland; Gripsrud, Birgitta Haga (2018). The experience of ethical dilemmas in the transition between the country of origin and the country of destination. A qualitative study of migrant health care personnel working with death in a welfare state.. University College Cork; 2018-09-01 - 2018-09-02.
  • Ramvi, Ellen (2017). Nurses’ perspective on challenges in next of kin relationships in end-of-life care. A critical study based on feminist ethics.. 2017-09-15 - 2017-09-16.
  • Gripsrud, Birgitta Haga; Ramvi, Ellen (2016). Ekspressiv skriving for relasjonsarbeidere i rusomsorg. Funkishuset; 2016-03-15.
  • Liveng, Anne; Lading, Åse Høgsbro; Ramvi, Ellen; Gripsrud, Birgitta Haga; Manley, Julian; Froggett, Lynn; Hollway, Wendy (2016). Imaging transitions in old age through the Visual Matrix method. Association for Psychosocial Studies; 2016-06-29 - 2016-07-01.
  • Pollestad, Kathrine; Ramvi, Ellen (2016). Å være vitne til døende pasienter på sykehus. En kvalitativ studie om sykepleierens opplevelser og erfaringer. NFPM og NPF; 2016-09-14 - 2016-09-16.
  • Ramvi, Ellen (2016). Relasjonen mellom forsker og utforsket i et feltarbeid på to ungdomsskoler. Programområdet for profesjonelle relasjoner, UiS; 2016-05-10.
  • Ramvi, Ellen; Gripsrud, Birgitta Haga (2016). Death as cultural trope and death as silent care praxis. Senter for omsorgsforskning, høgskolen i Bergen; 2016-11-08 - 2016-11-09.
  • Ramvi, Ellen; Gripsrud, Birgitta Haga (2016). Læring av erfaring og sosialt forsvar. 2016-03-15.
  • Ramvi, Ellen; Ueland, Venke Irene (2016). Mellom pasient og pårørende i omsorg ved livets slutt. 2016-03-09 - 2016-03-10.
  • Ramvi, Ellen (2015). Preliminary analyses of death as it emerged in a visual Matrix.. 2015-03-26 - 2015-03-27.
  • Skarpaas, Lisebet Skeie; Berg, John Erik; Ramvi, Ellen; Haveraaen, Lise; Aas, Randi Wågø (2015). Eksperters synspunkter på tilbudet til sykmeldte i Norge. Første runde av en delphi-studie. Nasjonal kompetansesenter for arbeidsretta rehabilitering; 2015-11-23 - 2015-11-24.
  • Gripsrud, Birgitta Haga; Ramvi, Ellen (2014). Visual Matrix: Associations on the Spectacular and Lived Breasts. The Association for Psychosocial Studies; 2014-12-16 - 2014-12-17.
  • Skarpaas, Lisebet Skeie; Ramvi, Ellen; Stølås, Lise Løvereide; Aas, Randi Wågø (2014). Supervisors experiences of stakeholder cooperation in job placement for persons with mental health problems. International Commission on Occupational Health; 2014-09-29 - 2014-10-01.
  • Moen, Kjetil; Ramvi, Ellen; Brend, Denise; Davies, Linda (2013). Emotional effects of relational work. A psychosocial perspective. EGOS- The European Group for Organizational Studies; 2013-07-04 - 2013-07-06.
  • Ramvi, Ellen (2013). Jeg er bare en sykepleier. Om sykepleieidentitet. Universitetet i Karlstad; 2013-11-21 - 2013-11-22.
  • Ramvi, Ellen; Tangerud, Margrethe (2012). Frykter fødselen. VG. [Avis]; 2012-06-04.
  • Ramvi, Ellen (2011). Profesjonelle relasjoner i helsefaglig arbeid.
  • Ramvi, Ellen (2010). The story of a traumatized nurse. 2010-05-24 - 2010-05-29.
  • Ramvi, Ellen (2009). Biographical Narrative Interpretation Method. Advanced Qualitative Research, Doctoral Seminar. Professor Linda Davies.; 2009-02-17.
  • Ramvi, Ellen (2009). Fieldwork and interpretation. Advanced Qualitative Research, Doctoral Seminar. Professor Linda Davies; 2009-03-23.
  • Ramvi, Ellen (2009). Læreren som relasjonsarbeider.
  • Ramvi, Ellen (2008). Arbeider skolen paradoksalt nok mot utvikling av lærer-elev relasjonen?.
  • Ramvi, Ellen (2008). Career identity and self understanding. 2008-05-26 - 2008-05-30.
  • Ramvi, Ellen (2008). Psykososiale forskningsperspektiver.
  • Ramvi, Ellen (2008). What Caracterizes Social Defense Systems?. 2008-04-28 - 2008-04-30.
  • Ramvi, Ellen (2007). Hvordan skape et godt læringsmiljø?. Stavanger Universitets Sykehus; 2007-12-11.
  • Ramvi, Ellen (2007). Learning from experience. 2007-05-14 - 2007-05-18.
  • Ramvi, Ellen (2007). Personlighet i læreryrket.
  • Ramvi, Ellen (2007). The paradox of counteracting relationships between students and teachers. 2007-11-29 - 2007-12-01.
  • Ramvi, Ellen (2005). When she lost her temper: On conditions for learning from experience. 2005-06-17 - 2005-06-19.