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Birgitta Haga Gripsrud { "honorific-suffix": "Postdoktor", "fn": "Birgitta Haga Gripsrud", "tel": "", "email": "" }

Avdeling/enhet Det helsevitenskapelige fakultet
Institutt/senter Avdeling for omsorg og etikk
My main research interests are in critical, creative and psychosocial approaches to cultures and experiences of embodiment, health, illness, ageing and death. Another interest is conditions for professional relational work and ways to encourage reflective practice for professionals. In my work I aim to bridge across the disciplinary divides between humanities, social and healthcare sciences.

My PhD thesis (2006) concerned a textual mapping and archiving of the breast as a cultural and psychoanalytical theoretical trope. Since then, my doctoral research fed into the design of a longitudinal study on American and Norwegian women´s embodied experiences of breast cancer, loss of breast and reconstruction including an intervention with expressive writing as a means to work through traumatic aspects of this illness (2012-2015). For this study, I also designed a creative writing intervention for women with breast cancer, The Breast Biography (further utilised as a generative device in the planning stages of the arts project, see below). In 2016, my PhD thesis became the inspiration for an arts collaboration project, aiming to articulate tacit dimensions of breasted experience through visual art, writing and music - a Songbook of the Breast.

Since 2013, I have been participating in a methodology project on developing the Visual Matrix as a new psychosocial approach to investigating aspects of experience that may be difficult to articulate discursively, working alongside British and Scandinavian colleagues.

A recent strand of research involves critical examination of conditions for professional-relational work (2016-). My research on professional relations includes developing a depth-hermeneutic group-based approach to inspire and assist teachers' reflective work, supervision of a PhD-candidate in a study on death and dying in the multi-culturally staffed care home, as well as my own post-doctoral project on conditions for care in the fast-track breast cancer trajectory.

I'm a member of the Professional Relations in Welfare Professions research group and Network for Gender Research at the University of Stavanger, a founding member of the Association for Psychosocial Studies, Stavanger Breast Cancer Research Group at Stavanger University Hospital, Death: Emotions, Relations & Constructions (DERC), and a member of the Executive Committee in the International Research Group for Psycho-Societal Analysis.



Psychosocial Studies

The breast and breast cancer

Illness experience & illness in culture

Professional relations in health care

Qualitative methods

Psychoanalytic history and theories

Medical Humanities

Cultural Studies

Critical and post-structuralist theory

Feminist and gender theory

Utvalgte publikasjoner

Birgitta, Haga Gripsrud, Karsten Mellon & Ellen Ramvi. Depth-hermeneutics: A psychosocial approach to facilitate reflective practice for teachers? Reflective Practice: International and Multidisciplinary Perspectives. In press.

Birgitta Haga Gripsrud, Ellen Ramvi, Lynn Froggett, Ingvil Hellstrand, & Julian Manley. Psychosocial and symbolic dimensions of the breast explored through a Visual Matrix. NORA: Nordic Journal of Gender and Feminist Research. In press. DOI:10.1080/08038740.2018.1482958

Birgitta Haga Gripsrud, Ellen Ramvi & Kari Vevatne. Couldn?t care less? The integrated breast cancer pathway as a case for nursing ethics. (forthcoming)

Pågående forskning

2018-current  Death: Emotions, Relations, Constructions. Anthology project. Principal Investigators/editors: Associate Professor Lisbeth Thoresen (University of Oslo) & Postdoctoral Fellow Birgitta Haga Gripsrud (University of Stavanger)

2017-current   One More Time with Feeling: Interdisciplinary approaches to Death, Catastrophic Loss and Mourning. Anthology project. Principal Investigators/editors:  Associate Professor Nora Simonhjell (University of Agder), Post-doctoral Fellow Birgitta Haga Gripsrud (University of Stavanger).

2017-current   Multicultural Workforce in Nursing Homes: Contemporary Challenges, Opportunities and Potentials for the Future in the Norwegian Municipal Care Sector (MULTICARE). Project Leader: Professor Frode Jacobsen, Centre for Care Research, Bergen University College, Norway. Research project financed by the Research Council of Norway (HELSEVEL). Role: PhD co-supervisor for Anne Kristine Ådland in Work Package 4 on Communication of Death in Nursing Homes: A Multi-cultural and Multi-religious setting. Work package manager: Professor Ellen Ramvi (University of Stavanger).

2016-current   Gendering Cancer. Role: Collaborating researcher. Principal Investigators: Associate Professor Kari Nyheim Solbrække (University of Oslo) and Dr Seán Williams (University of Sheffield).

2016-current   QUALITECH - Gender, Care and Welfare Technology. Research proposal to the Research Council of Norway. Role: Co-applicant. Research groups for Professional Relations in Welfare Professions and Network for Gender Research (University of Stavanger).

2016-current   Professional Relationships in the Breast Cancer Trajectory. Post-doc project. Principal Investigator: Post-doctoral fellow Birgitta Haga Gripsrud. Collaborating researcher: Professor Ellen Ramvi (University of Stavanger), Research group for Professional Relations in Welfare Professions (University of Stavanger).

2016-current  Songbook of breast. Performing arts collaboration with Song Circus ensemble. Role: Collaborating researcher/advisor. Partners: Liv Runesdatter (Norway), Laura Bowler and Lavinia Murray (UK).

2014-2016      Exploring life transitions in old age through a Visual Matrix. Method development project. Role: Collaborating researcher. Nordic workshops funded by NOS-HS. Partners: University of Roskilde, Denmark & University of Central Lancashire, UK. Principal Investigator: Professor Ellen Ramvi (University of Stavanger)

2014-2016   Diversifying Cancer Survivorship - Diversifying Cancer Cultures (CANCUL). Role: Collaborating researcher. Principal Investigators: Professors Hilde Bondevik & Kari Nyheim Solbrække (University of Oslo).

2014-2016   Medicalisation in Nordic Countries: Discourses, Practices, Identities. Anthology project. Role: Collaborating researcher. Principal Investigators: Professors Hilde Bondevik, Ole-Jacob Madsen, Kari Nyheim Solbrække (University of Oslo).

2013-2014      Psychosocial and symbolic dimensions of the breast and breast cancer explored through a Visual Matrix. Exploratory study to develop a new qualitative methodology. Research group: Professor Ellen Ramvi, Professor Lynn Froggett, Dr Julian Manley, Dr Ingvil Hellstrand, & Dr Birgitta Haga Gripsrud.

2012-2015      I am not the same: Women's Experiences of Breast Cancer, Loss of Breast and Reconstruction in Psychosocial and Cultural Contexts. Principal Investigator: Post-doctoral Fellow Birgitta Haga Gripsrud (Stavanger University Hospital).


2016-current: Postdoctoral Fellow. Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Stavanger, Norway

2012-2015: Postdoctoral Fellow. Department of Research, Stavanger University Hospital, Norway.

2011-2013: Lecturer, Module leader/Guest Lecturer. Part-time. Network for Gender Research, University of Stavanger, Norway.

2011-2012: Lecturer. Academic writing course for Master students. Network for Gender Studies, Institute for Media, Cultural- and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Stavanger, Norway. MA-level.

2009-2012:  Lecturer. St Svithun videregående skole. Stavanger, Norway.

2008-2014: Teacher/Project leader Creative Writing. Stavanger kulturskole, Norway.

2008- Freelance writer, dance reviewer and translator.

2006-2007: Lecturer, Supervisor final year BA dissertations. School of Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies, University of Leeds, UK

2006: Lecturer. Leeds College of Music, UK. BA-level.

2003-2006: Teaching Assistant. School of Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies, University of Leeds, UK. BA level.


: Doctoral Fellow. School of Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies. The University of Leeds. UK

Vitenskapelige publikasjoner (fra CRISTin)

  • Gripsrud, Birgitta Haga (2013). Aldring, lidenskap og intimitet. Oversettelse av Lynne Segals originalartikkel.
  • Gripsrud, Birgitta Haga (2013). Hjemsøkte i individualiseringens tidsalder. Oversettelse av Sasha Roseneils originaltekst.
  • Gripsrud, Birgitta Haga (2008). The Cultural History of the Breast.
  • Gripsrud, Birgitta Haga (2017). Amming offentlig: Når den sexy puppen blir babymat. [Internett]; 2017-05-17.
  • Gripsrud, Birgitta Haga (2017). Brystkreft – kulturelle dimensjoner og kroppslige erfaringer. Institutt for helsefag, Universitetet i Stavanger; 2017-05-09.
  • Gripsrud, Birgitta Haga (2017). Imagining transitions in old age through a Visual Matrix. Presentasjon av artikkel, med fokus på overgangen fra liv til død. Forskergruppa SHEP, Avdeling for helsefag, UiO; 2017-08-14 - 2017-08-15.
  • Gripsrud, Birgitta Haga (2017). Innbilding av overganger i aldring gjennom en Visual Matrix. Presentasjon av en artikkel, med fokus på overgangen fra liv til død. Profesjonelle relasjoner i velferdsyrker; 2017-08-29.
  • Gripsrud, Birgitta Haga (2017). Noen bruker nakenhet som terapi, andre som politisk virkemiddel. Dagbladet Magasinet. [Avis]; 2017-07-13.
  • Gripsrud, Birgitta Haga (2017). Oops I did it again? Touching on feminist methodology – a research testimonial. Universitetet i Stavanger, Norsk Hotellhøgskole; 2017-12-13.
  • Gripsrud, Birgitta Haga (2017). Public breastfeeding: When the sexy boob becomes baby food. [Internett]; 2017-06-28.
  • Gripsrud, Birgitta Haga (2016). Aftenbladets tabloide omgang med den livsfarlige arven.
  • Gripsrud, Birgitta Haga (2016). Gendering Breast Cancer: Constellations of Corporeal and Psychosymbolic Loss. Centre for Gender Studies, University of Oslo; 2016-09-29.
  • Gripsrud, Birgitta Haga (2016). I am not the same: Women's Experiences of breast cancer, loss of breast and reconstruction.
  • Gripsrud, Birgitta Haga (2016). ”Jeg er ambivalent i forhold til livet” - eksistensielle og sosiokulturelle aspekter ved en kvinnes erfaring av brystkreft. Instutt for helse og samfunn, Universitetet i Oslo; 2016-03-09 - 2016-03-10.
  • Gripsrud, Birgitta Haga (2016). Juntafil P3: Toppløshet, kvinnebryster og seksualitet i norsk kontekst. NRK Marienlyst/Rogaland. [Radio]; 2016-06-16.
  • Gripsrud, Birgitta Haga (2016). Pakkeforløp i brystkreftbehandling: et kritisk blikk på samhandling og omsorg i sammenheng. Profesjonelle relasjoner i velferdsyrker, UiS; 2016-05-10.
  • Gripsrud, Birgitta Haga (2016). Professional relations.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Gripsrud, Birgitta Haga (2015). Brystkreft og øyet som ser: kulturelle og psykososiale aspekter. Brystdiagnostisk senter, Stavanger Universitetssjukehus; 2015-04-13.
  • Gripsrud, Birgitta Haga (2015). Exploring the water cluster as it emerged in a visual matrix on death and dying. The University of Stavanger & University of Roskilde; 2015-08-24 - 2015-08-26.
  • Gripsrud, Birgitta Haga (2015). "Javisst gjör det ont när knoppar brister". Brystkreft: kulturelle og psykososiale aspekter. Avdeling for Blod-og kreftsykdommer, SUS; 2015-04-21.
  • Gripsrud, Birgitta Haga (2015). "Jeg er ikke den samme" - status quo. Haukeland sjukehus og Stavanger Universitetssjukehus; 2015-02-13.
  • Gripsrud, Birgitta Haga (2015). Spektakulære kvinnebryst i blikkfang og levd erfaring. Clutchen dameklubb; 2015-04-21.
  • Gripsrud, Birgitta Haga; Pollestad, Kathrine (2015). "Hva gjør det med oss?" Om utfordringer knyttet til relasjonsintensivt sykepleiearbeid med døende mennesker. Avdeling for Blod-og kreftsykdommer, SUS; 2015-09-08.
  • Gripsrud, Birgitta Haga (2014). Brystkreftkirurgi - psykososiale aspekter. Internundervisningen ved stråleterapien, Medisinsk div, SUS; 2014-09-03.
  • Gripsrud, Birgitta Haga (2014). Burde vi fanden meg vente med å gi ny pupp? Om primær rekonstruksjon i norsk brystkreftbehandling. Avdeling for helsefag, Universitetet i Oslo; 2014-10-21.
  • Gripsrud, Birgitta Haga (2014). Ekspressiv skriving: Terapeutisk metode og datainnsamling. Programområdet Profesjonelle relasjoner, UiS; 2014-03-20.
  • Gripsrud, Birgitta Haga (2014). Kvinners opplevelser av brystkreft, tap av bryst og rekonstruksjon. Norske kvinners sanitetsforening; 2014-09-22.
  • Gripsrud, Birgitta Haga; Elstad, Lotta (2014). Den evige kampen om brystvortene. Morgenbladet. [Avis]; 2014-07-04.
  • 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.
  • Gripsrud, Birgitta Haga (2013). Brystkreft - utvidet forståelse. Nærbø bygdekvinnelag; 2013-10-30.
  • Gripsrud, Birgitta Haga (2013). Brystkreft – utvidet forståelse gjennom tverrfaglig tilnærming. Stavanger Universitetssjukehus, Folke Hermansens fond;
  • Gripsrud, Birgitta Haga (2013). Finnes det en feminin estetikk?. Tou Scene, Stavanger kommune; 2013-06-13.
  • Gripsrud, Birgitta Haga (2013). Fra molekyl til helt menneske - glimt fra et personorientert forskningsprogram på brystkreft. Kreftforeningen; 2013-02-20.
  • Gripsrud, Birgitta Haga (2013). Hva betyr et kvinnebryst?. Stavanger Aftenblad. [Avis]; 2013-03-11.
  • Gripsrud, Birgitta Haga (2013). Innslag om frigivelsen av Paula Cooper i Søndagsavisa. NRK. [Radio]; 2013-06-23.
  • Gripsrud, Birgitta Haga (2013). Ja til forskjellsbehandling. Stavanger Aftenblad. [Avis]; 2013-02-21.
  • Gripsrud, Birgitta Haga (2013). "Jeg er ikke den samme" - opplevelser av brystkreft, tap av bryst og rekonstruksjon. Foredrag. Avdeling for bryst-og endokrinkirurgi, SUS; 2013-06-19.
  • Gripsrud, Birgitta Haga (2013). "Jeg er ikke den samme" - presentasjon av et kvalitativt brystkreftprosjekt. Prospective Breast Cancer Biobank Study; 2013-09-06.
  • Gripsrud, Birgitta Haga (2013). La Résistance: historier om tverrfaglig samarbeid i brystkreftforskning. Nettverk for kjønnsforskning, UiS; 2013-09-11.
  • Gripsrud, Birgitta Haga (2013). Psykoanalytiske tema og teorier i doktorgradsavhandlingen "Spectacular Breasts: Mapping Our Historical and Contemporary Cultural Fascination with the Breast". Programområdet Profesjonelle relasjoner, UiS; 2013-04-04.
  • Gripsrud, Birgitta Haga (2013). Spektakulære kvinnebryst: fra blikkfang til levd erfaring. Soroptimistene, Stavanger lokallag; 2013-05-07.
  • Gripsrud, Birgitta Haga (2013). Vi venter fanden meg ikke på ny pupp!. Universitetet i Stavanger, Stavanger Universitetssjukehus; 2013-09-26.
  • Gripsrud, Birgitta Haga (2012). Du faller fritt og du svever. Anmeldelse av danseforestilling.
  • Gripsrud, Birgitta Haga (2012). Forfengelighetens fyrverkeri. Anmeldelse av danseforestilling.
  • Gripsrud, Birgitta Haga (2012). Gender - An Introduction. Hotellfagskolen, Universitetet i Stavanger; 2012-11-01.
  • Gripsrud, Birgitta Haga (2012). Grensekontroll i møtet med den andre. Anmeldelse av danseforestilling.
  • Gripsrud, Birgitta Haga (2012). Kråkesølv i sammenbruddets rand. Anmeldelse av danseforestilling.
  • Gripsrud, Birgitta Haga (2012). Nettside for studien "I am not the same" - Women's Experiences of Breast Cancer, Breast Loss and Reconstruction.
  • Gripsrud, Birgitta Haga (2012). Orkester som sosialt prosjekt. [Internett]; 2012-11-07.
  • Gripsrud, Birgitta Haga (2012). Skriveglede. Samfunnsvitenskapelig fakultet, Universitetet i Stavanger; 2012-10-29.
  • Gripsrud, Birgitta Haga; Borrevik, Line Noer (2007). ...hva er det der som buler ut? Bryster.
  • Gripsrud, Birgitta Haga; Nome, Johanne Færevaag (2007). Puppen og psykoanalysen.
  • Gripsrud, Birgitta Haga (2013). Absence - website - text/content for multimedia arts project. Agnes Btffn.
  • Gripsrud, Birgitta Haga (2012). "Skriveglede" - film til bruk i internundervisning for ansatte ved Universitetet i Stavanger. Universitetet i Stavanger. Stavanger.