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Synnøve Økland Jahnsen


    Synnøve Ø. Jahnsen is a Senior Researcher at Fafo and holds a PhD in sociology from the Department of Sociology, at the University of Bergen.

    Her research interests lies at the intersections between social, environmental and criminal justice, sociology of law and public administration and includes studies on prostitution, human trafficking, forced labor, work-related crimes, police reforms and coordination.

    Jahnsen’s research includes ethnographic research on Norwegian and Australian police forces, and speaks to problems related to gender, migration and marginalisation.


    PhD in sociology, University of Bergen

    Area of work

    Current projects

    Evaluation of the Stine Sofie Centre

    On behalf of the Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs (Bufdir), Fafo will conduct an evaluation of the government grant to the Stine Sofie Center.

    Provision og Labour Rights to Migrant workers (PROMI)

    The project studies Norwegian political development and efforts to combat the exploitation of labor immigrants, including the effects of increased inter-agency cooperation and control activities in the fight against human trafficking, social dumping, and work-related crime. To put the Norwegian example into perspective, comparisons will be made with other Nordic countries.

    Designing Equitable and Effective Strategies to Combat Violence, Hate, and Discrimination: between wholeness and fragmentation

    The diversity of the Norwegian population has received increasing attention in the development of public policy and services in recent decades. A diversity perspective implies an acknowledgement that the risk of violence and discrimination, the form and direction of the violations, as well as the victims' and practitioners' need for help, can vary between and within groups - based on constellations of and intersectional interaction between a number of dimensions of inequality and power, such as gender, age, social background, ethnicity, religion, functional ability, sexual orientation, etc.

    designing equitable and effective strategies to combat violence hate and discrimination
    The aim of this research project is to further develop the knowledge of society's efforts against violence, violations and discrimination. Researchers from Fafo, Nordland Research Institute and NOVA/OsloMet collaborate on the accomplichment. The project will be carried out from 2022 to 2025 on behalf of The Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs (Bufdir).

    Other publications

    Completed projects