OUR MEMBERS

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ANNA REBECCA SOLEVÅG

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Anna Rebecca is a professor at the Faculty of Theology, Diaconia and Leadership Studies at VID Specialized University, Campus Stavanger. She is also the director of the Centre of Mission and Global Studies

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BENEDICTE NESSA

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CAROLA LINGAAS

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Carola is an associate professor at the Faculty of Social Studies at VID Specialized University, Campus Oslo. Her research interests are among the following: international criminal law, international and European human rights law and migration.

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DAVIDE BERTELLI

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Davide is a PhD candidate at the Centre of Mission and Global Studies at VID Specialized University, Campus Stavanger. His PhD project is called: Negotiating belonging in contested spaces: Queer and religious migrants in Oslo and London

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ELLEN VEA ROSNES

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Ellen is an associate professor at the Faculty of Theology, Diaconia and Leadership Studies, Centre of Mission and Global Studies. VID Specialized University, Stavanger Campus, Norway. Among her research interests are the following: Literacy, mission history, intercultural education, intercultural competence

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FREDERIQUE BROSSARD BØRHAUG

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Frederique is a professor at the Faculty of Theology, Diaconia and Leadership Studies, Centre of Mission and Global Studies. VID Specialized University, Stavanger Campus, Norway. Among her research interests are the following: intercultural education, anti-racist education, populism and pedagogics, biocultural diversity.

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FRIEDER LUDWIG

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Frieder is professor at the Faculty of Theology, Diaconia and Leadership Studies at VID Specialized University, Campus Stavanger. His research interests are among the following: Intercultural History of Christianity, Interreligious Encounters and Religion and Migration. He co-edited the volume (together with J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu) The African Christian Presence in the West: New Immigrant Congregations and Transnational Networks in North America and Europe, African World Press, Trenton, 2011. AT VID, he is leading the project Connected Histories - Contested Values. World Lutheranism and Decolonisation: Processes of Transloyalties, 1919-1970 (CHCV) (https://app.cristin.no/projects/show.jsf?id=674850).

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GERD MARIE ÅDNA

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Gerd Marie is an associate professor at the Faculty of Theology, Diaconia and Leadership Studies, Centre of Mission and Global Studies. VID Specialized University, Stavanger Campus, Norway. Her research interests are among the following: Children and young people, Child soldiers, Christian-Muslim relations, Early Islamic history and theology, Local Islamic Institutions, Transmission of values and narratives in Muslim families.

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GEORGIOS TRANTAS

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Georgios is a Senior Researcher at VID Specialised University, Stavanger. Prior to that, he was a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Post-doctoral Individual Fellow at the University of Aston, School of Languages and Social Sciences. He has been consecutively a Pre-doctoral, Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Erfurt, Religious Studies—Orthodox Christianity. His interdisciplinary expertise involves the interplay of religion and politics, the Politics of Religion and Cultural Diplomacy / International Relations. His research interests primarily comprise migration and the formation of corresponding religioscapes, Eastern Orthodox Christianity, European Integration, forced displacement, interreligious dialogue and migrant integration, among others.

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GUNHILD ODDEN

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Gunhild is a research professor and vice-dean of research at VID Specialized University, Campus Stavanger. Her research interests are among the following: Migration and family, Migration and health, Transnational migration, Work migration.

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INGRID LØLAND

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Ingrid is a lecturer at Faculty of Theology, Diaconia and Leadership Studies and a PhD candidate at VID Specialized University, Campus Stavanger. Her research interests are among the following: Asylum and refugee policy, Christianity and Judaism, Ethnicity and human rights, Ethnic relations, Identity and cultural complexity, Intercultural communication, Narrative research, Online pedagogy, Political Islam, Religion and Identity, Religion and Violent Conflict, Religion and migration, Religious encounters, Syria, The Hebrew Languages, The Middle East and North Africa.

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INGVILD SKEIE

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Ingvild is a PhD candidate at the Centreof Diaconia and Professional Practice at VID Specialized University, Campus Oslo. Her PhD project is called: Conflict management among immigrant couples in Norway

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JASON VAN HASELEN

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Jason is a PhD candidate at the Centre of Mission and Global Studies at VID Specialized University and Fjellhaug Internasjonale Høgskole. His PhD project is called:  The Use of Migration Terminology in Theologies of Migration: A Descriptive and Critical Analysis

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JOSH DICKSTEIN

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Josh is a master student in the Erasmus Mundus master’s program in migration and intercultural relations (EMMIR). He iscurrently writing his MA thesis as part of a larger research project titled “MAVI” (Between Ambitions and Reality) about the experiences of recently arrived refugees entering the Norwegian labour market at VID Specialized University.

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KARI STORSTEIN HAUG

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Kari is a professor at the Faculty of Theology, Diaconia and Leadership Studies, Centre of Mission and Global Studies. VID Specialized University, Stavanger Campus, Norway. Among her research interests are the following: Migration Theology, Thai Christianity, Thai Buddhism, Religious Dialogue, Religious Education, Contextualization,  Religion and Migration, Religious Encounters and Mission Theology.

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LEONARDO MARCONDES ALVES

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the Centre of Mission and Global Studies at VID Specialized University, Campus Stavanger. His PhD project is called: The Word bids me go: biblical theologies of migration among Latin Evangelicals in the Nordic countries 

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MARIANNE SKJORTNES

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Marianne is emerita professor at VID Specialized University.

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MATEUS SCHWEYHER

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Mateus is a PhD candidate at the Centre of Diaconia and Professional Practice at VID Specilaized University, Campus Oslo. His PhD project is called: Social Exclusion among EU/EEA Migrants and the Role of Diaconal Institutions in Welfare Provision. 

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MELTEM Y. SENER

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Meltem is a senior researcher at the Central for Intercultural Communication (SIK), VID Specialized University. Before coming to SIK, she worked at Nord University as an associate professor and Istanbul Bilgi University as an assistant professor, in addition to holding visiting positions in the US and Norway. Her research interests are in the areas of migration, transnational studies, race and ethnic relations, development, social policy, and gender..

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MEMORY JAYNE TEMBO

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Memory is an associate professor at the Faculty of Theology, Diaconia and Leadership Studies, Centre of Mission and Global Studies. VID Specialized University, Stavanger Campus, Norway. Among her research interests are the following: social work, child services, immigrant parents and child welfare services, refugee labour market integration.

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NORMA WONG

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Norma is a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Intercultural Communication (SIK) at VID Specialized University, Campus Stavanger. Her research interests are among the following: Civil Society Organizations, Intergration policy, refugee labour market integration, diversity and inclusivity in the labour market.

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OLEKSANDR RYNDYK

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Oleksandr is a researcher at the Centre for Intercultural Communication (SIK) at VID Specialized University, Campus Stavanger. His research interests are among the following: Comparative research, Family migration, Focus group, Grounded Theory, Integration, Qualitative methodologies, Quanitative research methods, Social media, Survey, The Welfare state, Transnationalism, Work migration.

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ØYSTEIN LUND JOHANNESSEN

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Øystein is research professor at the Centre for Intercultural Communication (SIK) at VID Specialized University, Campus Stavanger. His research interests are among the following: Action research, Education and Development, Intercultural Competence, Intercultural Education, Interreligious dialogue, KRLE, Religious education.

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ØYVIND HADLAND

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Øyvind is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Mission and Global Studies at VID Specialized University, Campus Stavanger. His PhD project is called: Continuing in Discontinuity? Theological enquiry and reflection on the role of Christianity in migration stories of Karen Baptists in Norway. 

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SIGNE AARVIK

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Signe is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Mission and Global Studies at VID Specialized University, Campus Stavanger. Her PhD project is called: Negotiating Islam – A qualitative study of beliefs and meaning making among young second generation Muslims in Norway 

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STIAN SØRLIE ERIKSEN

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Stian is an associate professor at the Faculty of Theology, Diaconia and Leadership Studies, Centre of Mission and Global Studies. VID Specialized University, Stavanger Campus, Norway. Among his research interests are the following: Christianity and Globalisation, Migration, Pentecostalism, The Theology of Missions, Migrant Churches.

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SZONJA ZOLTANFI

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Szonja, born and raised in Budapest, holds a BA in Sociology, currently enrolled doing her MA in Community Development and Social Innovation at VID as well as Social Integration at Eotvos Lorand University. Her main interests are family structures and values, religiosity, migration, intercultural communication and -psychology and prejudice reduction. She is currently working on writing her MA thesis about the family narratives, life strategies and future-planning of first and second generation Muslim migrants in Norway.

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TOMAS SUNDES DRØNEN

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Tomas is a professor at the Faculty of Theology, Diaconia and Leadership Studies, Centre of Mission and Global Studies. VID Specialized University, Stavanger Campus, Norway. He is also the Dean of the faculty.  Among his research interests are the following: African religions, Christianity and globalization, Intercultural communication, Globalization and Mission history.

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TURID MISJE

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Turid is a PhD candidate at the
Centre of Diaconia and Professional Practice at VID Specialized University, Campus Oslo. Her PhD project is called: Meetings on the margins – Irregular migrants and 'regular' social workers

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ZUBIA WILLMANN ROBLEDA

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Zubia is a researcher (Ph.d.) at the Centre for Intercultural Communication (SIK)  at VID Specialized University, Campus Stavanger. Her research interests are among the following: Asylum seekers, Refugees, Gender issues, Integration, Qualitative study, Religion and migration, labour market integration of refugees. Her Ph.d project focused on the experiences and strategies of women seeking asylum in Norway.