Kari Nyheim Solbrække

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Phone +47 22845373
Mobile phone +4790016689
Visiting address Forskningsveien 3A Harald Schjelderups hus inng.2 3.etg 0373 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1089 Blindern 0317 Oslo

Head of department

Academic interests

I have a longstanding interest in – and research efforts aiming for – equality in health especially related to the gendered distribution of power, privileges and priorities taking place in working life and health care. A main part of my current research focuses on the lived experiences and social-cultural aspects of cancer and cancer screening. More broadly, I have worked on integrating gender perspectives into education and health research in Norway and lately by capacity building in Ethiopia. I am chair of the cross-ccutting theme Gender at the Center for global health Gender - Institute of Health and Society (uio.no)

Positions of trust

  • Head Department for Interdisciplinary Health Sciences
  • Head of the research group Society, Health and Power
  • Head of Board at the Centre for Gender Research, University of Oslo (2016-2019)
  • Host for incoming Scientia Fellow in Gender and Health (2016-2019)
  • Guest Researcher, University of York, Department of Health Sciences (2015)
  • Research Leadership Programme, UiO (2014)
  • President of the Norwegian Association for Gender Research (2012-2015)


2007-          Associate Professor in Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, UiO

2009-2011  Part-time researcher, Institute of Social Sciences, Oslo

2003-2006  Lecturer, Dep. for Health Sciences, UiO

2005-2006  Senior Adviser, The Norwegian Association of Higher Education Institutions

2002            Visiting Scholar, University of Berkeley

2000-2005   PhD-student, Centre for Gender Research, UiO

1999            Researcher, Work Research Institute, Oslo

1995-1998   Project Manager, Centre for Gender Research

Courses taught

Solbrække teach courses and supervise at postgraduate level and PhD in medicalization, health and social inequality, gender perspectives on illness and health, qualitative research design, methods and analyses.


  • Awarded for the best academic article in Norwegian published in 2012, entitled Benign Indifference. Conflict and integration in a multi-cultural hospital (Rogstad & Solbrække 2012).
  • The Department for Health Sciences was awarded (2011) the Ministry for Education and Research award for top quality education
Tags: Medical Sociology, Gender, Illness Experiences, Diagnoses, Technology and Care, Global South
Published Jan. 20, 2015 7:18 PM - Last modified June 16, 2021 7:27 AM