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Marte Cecilie Wilhelmsen Solheim

Solheim is an engaged academic and communicator. She is Associate Professor and Head of the Stavanger Centre for Innovation Research, UiS Business School, and a public speaker on diversity and innovation.

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Solheim carries out research on diversity and innovation, combining insights from organizational theory, innovation studies and economic geography. She is particularly interested in understanding how innovation is inspired when a variety of diverse knowledge intersect, and the contextual factors affecting this association. Solheim has studied the nexus between various forms of diversity and different types of innovation, and has particularly focused on the role of foreign-born workers and innovation & export, experience-based and educational diversity and innovation, and diversity management.

Solheim is actively engaged in the public debate on migration, diversity and innovation-related issues in Norway and is invited to speak at national diversity conferences as well as to national policy makers, political spheres and other institutions. She has been involved in several national and international research and consultancy projects as lead, member and as expert advisor.

Solheim is Regional Studies Association (RSA) Ambassador to Norway, member of the prestigious Academy of Young Researchers in Norway. See her profile at the Academy here. She is on the steering committee of Smart Cities at the University of Stavanger, and currently supervising PhD Candidate Xiangyu Quan on Smart Cities, Innovation and Policy and Alina Meloyan on Universities and Regional Development.



Solheim is actively engaged in the public debate on migration, diversity and innovation-related issues in Norway and is invited to speak at national diversity conferences as well as to national policymakers, political spheres and other institutions

Solheim has written pieces for national newspapers in Norway, such as Aftenposten, VG, Dagbladet, Aftenposten Viten as well as for regional newspapers: Stavanger Aftenblad, Bergens Tidende, and Magazines: Innomag, Ukeavisen Ledelse to mention some. Solheim has appeared on national television (NRK), national radio and on local television (TV VEST) on several occasions discussing her research as well as written pieces for international magazines, such as for regions.

She has contributed to national debates on migration, such as for the NHO (the largest organization for employers in Norway), and at national economics festival on migration, see YouTube video (in Norwegian), as well as for Chamber of Commerce in various cities. Solheim presented her work in a pecha kucha (in Norwegian): now seen more than 16.000 times.



Publications by Marte C. W. Solheim.

Peer-reviewed publications

Solheim, M.C.W. and S.M. Moss (2021): “Inter-organizational learning within an organization? Gender mainstreaming in the Swedish Ministry of foreign affairs, The Learning Organization,  Inter-organizational learning within an organization? Mainstreaming gender policies in the Swedish ministry of foreign affairs | Emerald Insight

Moss, S.M. and M.C.W. Solheim (2021): “Shifting Diversity Discourses and New Feeling Rules? The Case of Brexit”, Human Arenas, Shifting Diversity Discourses and New Feeling Rules? The Case of Brexit | SpringerLink

Solheim, M.C.W., Boschma, R., and S.J.Herstad (2020): "Collected worker experience and the novelty content of innovation", Research Policy.

Herstad, S.J., Solheim, M.C.W. and M.Engen (2019): "Learning through urban labour pools: collected worker experiences and innovation in services", Environment and Planning A.

Solheim, M.C.W., and Herstad, S.J. (2018): "The Differentiated Effects of Human Resource Diversity on Corporate Innovation", International Journal of Innovation and Technology Management.

Solheim, M.C.W., and Fitjar, R.D. (2018): "Samanhengar mellom utanlandskfødd arbeidskraft og innovasjon: er det kjønnsmessige og geografiske skilnader? (The relationship between foreign-born workers and innovation: Are there gender and geographical differences?)". Søkelys på arbeidslivet.

Solheim, M.C.W, and Tveterås, R (2017).: "Benefitting from co-location? Evidence from the upstream oil and gas industry". Extractive Industry and Society

Solheim, M. C.W. and Fitjar, R.D.(2016): "Foreign Workers Are Associated with Innovation, But Why? International Networks as a Mechanism". International Regional Science Review

Solheim, M.C.W. (2016): "Foreign workers and international partners as channels to international markets in core, intermediate and peripheral regions". Regional Studies, Regional Science


Brenna, L.R., and Solheim, M.C.W. (2018): "Hvordan lede mangfold?" (How to manage diversity?). Praktisk Økonomi og Finans.

Research gate profile

For more information on her publications, please see her ResearchGate profile.


Selected Op-Eds

Op-Eds in English and Norwegian by Marte C. W. Solheim.

Selected Op-Eds in English

Fostering Innovation through work place diversity

Disseminating your research does carry risks and can leave you vulnerable, but it is vital to developing the courage to use your voice

Immigrants help Norwegian companies to think differently

Selected Op-Eds in Norwegian

Migrant eller flyktning i Dagbladet

Med mot til å meine i Forskarforum

Erfaringsmangfald fører til nyskaping i Aftenbladet

Den viktige arbeidskrafta i VG

Ulik erfaring gir nye patent i Dagens Perspektiv/Ukeavisen Ledelse

Ulike barn innoverer best i INNOMAG

Mangfold fremmer innovasjon i Dagens Perspektiv/Ukeavisen Ledelse

Innvandring og Innovasjon på

Innvandring og eksport på Aftenposten Viten

Innvandrere gjør norske bedrifter mer innovative i INNOMAG

Innvandring aukar innovasjonsevna i Aftenposten

Farmor-effekten i Rosenkilden, Næringsforeningen i Stavanger

Innvandring bra for distrikta og i Aftenbladet

Flyktning, eg? i Aftenbladet

På Nebo Bjerg i Sunnmørsposten

Hevnen frå stadane vi forlot på

Marte C. W. Solheim
Contact information

Mobile: (+47) 97 00 22 35 E-mail: Twitter: @MarteCWSolheim


Solheim defended her PhD thesis: "Innovation, Space, and Diversity" on January 20th 2017. Opponents were Professor Ron Boschma and Associate Professor Abigail Cooke. Her main supervisor for the PhD was Professor Rune Dahl Fitjar and co-supervisor was Professor Ragnar Tveterås, both at the Centre for Innovation Research, UiS Business School, University of Stavanger, Norway.