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The Faculty of Social Sciences

Education and research at the Faculty of Social Sciences is diverse, and includes tourism, media studies, sociology, social sciences, gender studies, psychology and social studies.

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The administration at the Faculty of Social Sciences is located at Ellen and Axel Lund's house.

About the faculty

The faculty is divided into three departments, a research center and a research network, in addition to the faculty administration. Dean Turid Borgen has led the faculty since 2020.

Fasaden til Ellen & Axel Lunds hus.

The faculty offers nine bachelor's programs, two one - year studies and seven master's programs, as well as postgraduate education.

The faculty conducts teaching and research within the disciplines of sociology, political science, media and journalism, social studies, psychology, hotel and tourism management, change management, and social work. The faculty stands out in its combination of academic disciplines and professional training programmes, and through its interdisciplinary approach.

The Faculty of Social Sciences is divided into three departments:

Want to become a student? You will find an overview of study opportunities here.

Contact the faculty

The management and administration of the Social Sciences faculty are located in the Ellen og Axel Lund building (link to map), in the middle of the Ullandhaug campus. Switchboard: (+47) 51 83 15 00

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Study programmes

The Faculty of Social Sciences offers a number of studies that deal with the interaction between people, society, systems and institutions. We research in subject areas such as welfare, sustainable development, culture, responsible leadership and the media.

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You will find an overview of all study opportunities at the university for English speaking students here.


Through their research, the scientific staff at the Faculty of Social Sciences contribute to a better understanding of social conditions today and in the future.

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The research environments at the faculty are in particular doing research on topics within welfare and society, environmental responsibility and sustainable development, responsible leadership, and service innovation. Several of the research areas are interdisciplinary oriented. Some of the research at the faculty is carried out in collaboration with the public sector, private businesses and civil society.

Through critical and independent research, the faculty contributes to solving societal challenges. The research at the faculty contributes to the knowledge base needed by the working life and the public sector, but also raises critical questions regarding established knowledge structures and institutionalized truths.

You can read more about the various research projects associated with the faculty on the different department pages:

The faculty management

The faculty is led by Dean Turid Borgen and Faculty director Lone Litlehamar. Morten Tønnessen and Elisabeth Enoksen are Vice Deans for research and education.

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The Faculty Administration

The Faculty administration plays an advisory role, and is responsible for overall administration and procedures.

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The Faculty Board

The Faculty Board is responsible for determining overall goals, priorities and strategies for the faculty.

This entails, among other things, determining study programmes, submitting proposals to the university board, as well as defining areas for strategic initiatives within research and public relations.    

The Faculty Board has 9 members. The Board consists of academic and administrative employees, students and external members.

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Chair of the Board: Ingebjørg S. Folgerø (external, Brødrene Kverneland)

External board member: Håvard Haarstad (professor and chair of Senter for klima og energiomstilling, UiB)

Academic staff: Hulda Mjøll Gunnarsdottir, Anders Vassenden, Ingvil Førland Hellstrand, Tore Tjora

Technical and administrative staff: Salim Josef Øndes

Student representatives: Silje Karin Teig, Sander Vebø Byom

You will find case documents here.