Dr Rune Halvorsen


Following my studies for the MA degree in Sociology at the University of Oslo, I completed my PhD degree in Sociology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway. Prior to my arrival at Leeds I had been a Senior Researcher at NOVA Norwegian Social Research and Associate Professor in Social Policy at Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway (a position which I am currently on leave from). In my position in Oslo I am the coordinator of the MA programme in International Social Welfare and Health Policy.

Research interests

My central concern is to contribute new knowledge for sustainable European social models. I have led cross-national and cross-disciplinary research projects funded by the Research Council of Norway and the Nordic Council of Ministers. I have been involved in several international research projects, especially research and development funded by the EU. I was the Norwegian partner in the European Marie Curie ITN DREAM, I participated in the EU FP7 projects COPE - Combatting Poverty in Europe and has been actively involved in coordinating the EU FP7 project DISCIT - Making Persons with Disabilities Full Citizens.

My main research interests are European and comparative welfare policy, social citizenship and citizenship movements. During the last years I have in particular focused on disability policy, anti-poverty strategies and young adults in transition from education to employment.

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Professional memberships

  • Research Committee 19 on Poverty, Social Welfare and Social Policy (RC19) of the International Sociological Association

Student education

Most frequently taught courses are comparative social policy, international health policy and social theory.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Disability Studies
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