Project: New Theoretical Perspectives on the Nordic Model of Work-Family Reconciliations

Project: New Theoretical Perspectives on the Nordic Model of Work-Family Reconciliations

Reseachers: Elin Kvande, ISS, NTNU (Project Manager); Berit Brandth, ISS, NTNU; Sigtona Halrynjo, Institute for Social Research

Project period: 2013-2016

Financed by: The Research Council of Norway

In this project the Department of Sociology and Political Science (ISS) at NTNU collaborates with the Institute for Social Research (ISF). The project is motivated by the Sociology evaluation panel (2010) who pointed out that research in the interface between organization and work, the welfare state and family, gender and sexuality constitutes some of the most important areas in Norwegian sociology; that it contributes to the international sociological research community; and that there is potential for further theorizing in line with the international interest in the Nordic model. 

The project team work with outstanding international scholars in the field, aspiring to develop new understandings of the Nordic situation. Relevant theories are represented by the institutional perspective, where the relations between state, market and family are in focus, and the cultural perspective which sees work/life balance as a question of everyday practical morality.

The study is based on three empirical studies conducted by the research team: 1) The flexibility of the father's quota in a multicultural Norwegian society. 2) The Norwegian model in international companies. 3) Is family-friendliness enough? The projects focus on different levels of analysis. Together they constitute the empirical basis for theorizing and publishing nationally and internationally.



Brandth, Berit, Halrynjo, Sigtona and Kvande, Elin (eds) Work-Family Dynamics: Competing Logics of Regulation, Economy and Morals (Routledge Advances in Sociology) Hardcover – 9 Feb 2017


  • Brandth, B. and E. Kvande (2016) Masculinity and fathering alone. Men and Masculinities. DOI: 10.1177/1097184X16652659 
  • Kvande, E. and B. Brandth (2016) Individualized, non-transferable parental leave for European fathers: migrant perspectives. Community, Work and Family. 20(1): 19-34. DOI: 10.1080/13668803.2016.1270258 
  • Kvande, E. and B. Brandth (2016) Les pères en congé en Norvège. Changements et continuités. Revue des politiques sociales et familiales. 122(1-2):11-18
  • Kvande, Elin og Brandt, Berith (2016) Fathers on Leave Alone in Norway: Changes and Continuities. I Comparative Perspectives on Work-Life Balance and Gender Equality. Fathers on Leave Alone. Editors:Margaret O'Brien, Karin Wall'

  • Trine Lise Bye og Elin Kvande (2016): Fedre mellom to omsorgsregimer. Arbeidsinnvandreres møte med den norske fedrekvoten. Norsk Statsvitenskapelig Tidsskrift, nr. 2
  • Kvande, Elin and Berit Brandth (2016): Fathering alone in Norway: Changes and continuities. In M. O’Brien and K. Wall (eds.): Fathers on leave alone: Comparative Perspectives on Work-Life Balance and Gender. Springer
  • Brandth, Berit og Elin Kvande (2016) Fedrekvoten som en del av likestillingspolitikken: Er jobben gjort? I Sigtona Halrynjo og Mari Teigen (red): U/Likestilling i arbeidslivet. Gyldendal Akademisk


  • Brandth, Berit and Elin Kvande (2015): Fathers and flexible parental leave. Work, Employment and Society, DOI: 10.1177/0950017015590749
  • Brandth, Berit and Elin Kvande (2015): Parental leave and classed father practices. In Rostgaard, T. and G. Eydal (eds): Fatherhood in the Nordic Welfare States - Comparing Care Policies and Practice. Policy Press, 121-140.
  • Brandth, Berit (2015): The co-location of home and work in two generations of farmers: What effects on fathering practices? Families, Relationships and Societies, DOI: 10.1332/204674315X14418885448328
  • Bungum, Brita, Ulla Forseth og Elin Kvande red. (2015): Den norske modellen: Internasjonalisering som utfordring og vitalisering. Fagbokforlaget
  • Børve, Hege og Elin Kvande (2015): Den nordiske modellen i et internasjonalt selskap i Norge. I: Kjønn og næringsliv i Norge. Cappelen Damm Akademisk, s. 195-210 
  • Børve, Hege and Elin Kvande (2015): The Nordic model in a global company situated in Norway. In: Sustainable Development in Organizations. Studies on Innovative Practices. Edward Elgar Publishing pp. 240-261.
  • Gislason, I. Eydal, B. B., Brandth, B., Duvander, A-Z., Lammi-Taskula, J., Rostgaard, T. (2015) Trends in parental leave in the Nordic countries:  Has the forward march of gender equality halted? Community, Work and Family. 18(2):167-181.
  • Halrynjo, Sigtona (2015): Kjønn, topplederkarriere og familie. I M. Teigen (red): Virkninger av kjønnskvotering i norsk næringsliv. Gyldendal Akademisk, s. 97-116.


  • Halrynjo, Sigtona (2014): «Arbeidsliv og familieliv - Klassedelt og kjønnsdelt» I: Liza Reisel og Mari Teigen(red.), Kjønnsdeling og etniske skiller på arbeidsmarkedet. Gyldendal Akademisk, s. 186-202.
  • Rongevær, Christine Hansen (2014) Far på permisjon: Alene hjemme eller sammen med mor. Masteroppgave i sosiolog. Trondheim: NTNU.
  • Bye, Trine Lise (2014)fedre mellom to omsorgsregimer- En kvalitativstudie av innvandrede fedres møte med det nordiske omsorgsregimet.  Masteroppgave i sosiologi. Trondheim: NTNU


  • Brandth, Berit og Elin Kvande, red. (2013): Fedrekvoten og den farsvennlige velferdsstaten. Universitetsforlaget.
  • Bungum, Brita and Elin Kvande (2013): The rise and fall of ‘cash for care’ in Norway: changes in the use of child-care policies. Nordic Journal of Social Research; 4: 31-54.
  • Smeby, Kristine Warhuus and Berit Brandth (2013): Mellom hjem og barnehage: Likestilling i det tredje skiftet. Tidsskrift for kjønnsforskning, 37(3-4): 329-347*