• About me

    I'm currently Research Director for the research group on Equality, Integration, Migration at the Institute for Social Research in Oslo, Norway. I am also Deputy Project Manager for the newly funded Nordic Centre of Excellence Nordic Centre for Research on Gender Equality in Research and Innovation (NORDICORE).


    My research includes a range of research fields and research methods. I have published articles and book chapters on inequalities in education, gender segregation in the labor market, equality and diversity legislation, education and labor market outcomes among children of immigrants, and health disparities. Many of my projects involve international comparative research based on large scale quantitative data or document analyses. I completed my PhD in Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York in 2010. My doctoral thesis compared inequality in education in the United States and Norway. I have my Master's Degree in Migration and Ethnic Studies from the University of Amsterdam (ISHSS).


    Over the past couple of years I have co-edited two volumes on central gender equality topics. One edited volume was published together Mari Teigen in 2014 on gender segregation in the Norwegian labor market: Kjønnsdeling og etniske skiller på arbeidsmarkedet. In 2015 I edited an international volume together with Christian Imdorf and Kristinn Hegna on Gender Segregation in Vocational Education.


    From 2011 to 2015 I edited the Norwegian Journal of Working Life Studies (Søkelys på arbeidslivet). I am currently a member of the editorial board for the yearbook Comparative Social Research, and member of the Committee for Gender Balance and Diversity in Research's Working group on diversity in academia.

  • Peer reviewed publications


    Imdorf, Christian, Kristinn Hegna, and Liza Reisel. 2015. Gender Segregation in Vocational Education. Comparative Social Research Vol 31. Emerald Group Publishing Limited.


    Reisel, Liza and Mari Teigen. 2014. Kjønnsdeling og etniske skiller på arbeidsmarkedet. Oslo: Gyldendal Akademisk.

    Articles and Book Chapters

    Sharon R. Sznitman, Liza Reisel, Atika Khurana, Socioeconomic background and high school completion: Mediation by health and moderation by national context, Journal of Adolescence, Volume 56, April 2017, Pages 118-126, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.adolescence.2017.02.004 (Access free until April 8 at: https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1UZprVu8lO0to)


    Brekke, Idunn and Liza Reisel. 2015. "The Impact of Birthweight and Adolescent Health on Educational Attainment." Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research:16. doi: 10.1080/00313831.2015.1066442.


    Reisel, Liza. 2015. "The Meaning of Ethnic Equality in Scandinavian Anti-Discrimination Legislation." Nordic Journal of Migration Research 5(1):19-27. doi: 10.2478/njmr-2014-0023.


    Reisel, Liza, Kristinn Hegna and Christian Imdorf. 2015. "Gender Segregation in Vocational Education: Introduction." In Imdorf, Christian, Kristinn Hegna, and Liza Reisel (ed.) Gender Segregation in Vocational Education, Comparative Social Research Vol. 31: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.


    Reisel, Liza and Mari Teigen. 2015. "Kontinuitet og Endring - Kjønnsdeling på arbeidsmarkedet." In Nordberg, Roll-Hansen, Sandmo, Sandvik (ed.) Myndighet og medborgerskap: Festskrift til Gro Hagemann på 70-årsdagen 3. september 2015: Novus Forlag.


    Heil, Scott, Liza Reisel and Paul Attewell. 2014. "College Selectivity and Degree Completion." American Educational Research Journal 51(5):913-35. http://aer.sagepub.com/content/51/5/913.


    Reisel, Liza. 2014. "Legal Harmonization and Intersectionality in Swedish and Norwegian Anti-Discrimination Reform." Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State and Society 21(2):218-40. http://sp.oxfordjournals.org/content/21/2/218.


    Reisel, Liza. 2014. "Kjønnsdeling på tvers." In Reisel, Liza and Mari Teigen (ed.) Kjønnsdeling og etniske skiller på arbeidsmarkedet: Gyldendal Akademisk.


    Reisel, Liza. 2014. "Kjønnsdelte Utdanningsvalg." In Reisel, Liza and Mari Teigen (ed.) Kjønnsdeling og etniske skiller på arbeidsmarkedet: Gyldendal Akademisk.


    Reisel, Liza and Mari Teigen. 2014. "Det Kjønnsdelte Arbeidsmarkedet." In Reisel, Liza and Mari Teigen (ed.) Kjønnsdeling og etniske skiller på arbeidsmarkedet: Gyldendal Akademisk.


    Reisel, Liza and Mari Teigen. 2014. "Vaner og Vendepunkter." In Reisel, Liza and Mari Teigen (ed.) Kjønnsdeling og etniske skiller på arbeidsmarkedet: Gyldendal Akademisk.


    Reisel, Liza. 2013. "From Abstract to Concrete : The Practical Relevance of Parents’ Economic and Cultural Capital for Persistence in Higher Education." Pp. 379 in Class and Stratification Analysis, Vol. 30, Comparative Social Research: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.


    Reisel, Liza. 2013. "Is More Always Better? Early Career Returns to Education in the United States and Norway." Research in Social Stratification and Mobility 31:49-68. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0276562412000558.


    Reisel, Liza. 2013. "Mot et Flerdimensjonalt Likestillingsapparat." In Bråten B. and Thun C. (ed.) Krysningspunkter. Likestillingspolitikk i et flerkulturelt Norge: Akademika forlag.


    Attewell, Paul, Scott Heil and Liza Reisel. 2012. "What Is Academic Momentum? And Does It Matter?". Educational evaluation and policy analysis 34(1):27-44. http://epa.sagepub.com/content/34/1/27.


    Borchorst, Anette, Lenita Freidenvall, Johanna Kantola, Liza Reisel and Mari Teigen. 2012. "Institutionalizing

    Intersectionality in the Nordic Countries? Anti-Discrimination and Equality in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden." Pp. 240 in Institutionalizing Intersectionality: The Changing Nature of European Equality Regimes: Palgrave Macmillan.


    Reisel, Liza, Laurence Lessard-Phillips and Philip Kasinitz. 2012. "Entering the Labor Market." Pp. 97-128 In Crul, Maurice and John Mollenkopf (ed.) The Changing Face of World Cities : Young Adult Children of Immigrants in Europe and the United States: Russell Sage Foundation.


    Attewell, Paul, Scott Heil and Liza Reisel. 2011. "Competing Explanations of Undergraduate Noncompletion." American Educational Research Journal 48(3):536-59. http://aer.sagepub.com/content/48/3/536.


    Reisel, Liza. 2011. "Two Paths to Inequality in Educational Outcomes : Family Background and Educational Selection in the United States and Norway." Sociology of education 84(4):261-80. http://soe.sagepub.com/content/84/4/261.


    Sznitman, Sharon R., Liza Reisel and Daniel Romer. 2011. "The Neglected Role of Adolescent Emotional Well-Being in National Educational Achievement: Bridging the Gap between Education and Mental Health Policies." Journal of Adolescent Health 48(2):135-42. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1054139X10003058.


    Brekke, Idunn and Liza Reisel. 2010. "Minority Dropout in Higher Education : A Comparison of the United States and Norway Using Competing Risk Event History Analysis." European Sociological Review 26(6):691-712. http://esr.oxfordjournals.org/content/26/6/691.

  • Work in Progress

    Ongoing projects

    Nordic Centre of Excellence for Research on Gender Equality in Research and Innovation (NORDICORE)

    Financed by Nordforsk

    At a time where scientific excellence and international
    competition is increasing in significance and our welfare states are under ever greater pressure, it is crucial to produce solid knowledge about gender balance and diversity in research and innovation on
    which to base further policies and practices in the field.


    The project seeks to accomplish five inter-related major objectives, each constituting a pillar of dedicated activities:


    First: To assess the impact of equality policies already implemented in Nordic academic institutions. The NORDICORE Centre of Excellence
    will produce new and critical knowledge about which types of measures have had an impact on gender balance in Nordic academic

    Second: To identify barriers both internal to research organizations and external to them, impeding gender equality and inclusion, and
    suggest ways to overcome these barriers. We focus on two fundamental barriers at work in creating unequal opportunities in career
    development, a) (implicit) biases among gatekeepers in central decision making positions and b) biases in the rules of the game of career

    Third: To understand challenges to gender equality in research and innovation within the larger labour market contexts in the Nordic
    countries. This major objective emerges from a central hypothesis that many of the mechanisms at work in sustaining gender inequalities in
    the research and innovation area are paralleled by similar mechanisms in other areas of the labour market.

    Fourth: To bring words to action by engaging stakeholders at all stages of the research. This major objective is founded on a simple
    hypothesis that engaging stakeholders in the research process will produce better results, where impact is part and parcel of the process. By
    involving stakeholders and policy makers we will make sure that our results will be relevant, in order to contribute to real and lasting change.

    Fifth: To encourage knowledge exchange among national and international experts, researchers, students, policy makers, stakeholders,
    managers, equality workers and other interested parties through a range of activities such as workshops, seminars, conferences and
    researcher education.

    Gender Segregation in the Labour Market: Comparative Perspectives and Welfare State Challenges

    Financed by the Research Council of Norway

    In this research project we investigate the ways in which women and men are unequally placed in the labour market. We study the mechanisms that contribute to different educational choices among boys and girls, and what happens in the transition from education to work. Once men and women have entered the labour market, there are processes at play that contribute further to gender gaps in career development and wages. We study how different welfare state arrangements affect these developments through comparing Norway with other countries.


    We use different kinds of data sources. Some questions are answered by using available large scale survey data, some by using data from Norwegian public registries that follow the population over many years, and some by collecting new data through case studies and questionnaires.


    The project team consists of researchers from the Institute for Social Research in collaboration with the University of Oslo and the Oslo and Akershus College of Applied Sciences. For the international comparisons we collaborate with researchers at Boston University, Wellesley College, UC San Diego and the University of Bern.

    Gender Differences in Occupation and Sector Mobility in Norway

    Financed by the Norwegian Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs

    The purpose of the project is to examine the degree of gender segregation in the Norwegian labour market since the beginning of the 1990s. The project is fourfold: First, to map and examine trends in labour mobility between occupations, industries and sectors, and to identify occupations and educations with high turnover. Secondly, to quantify and get insight into the contribution from i) changes in labour demand and ii) labour supply. Thirdly, the project will shed light on trends in gender segregation over the life cycle. Forth, map and systematize scientific research in Europe, focusing on the Nordic countries. In addition we will perform comparative empirical analysis on the labour mobility patterns in Europe. The main contribution of this project is to measure developments in gender segregation in the labour market and in the educational sector, over a long period of time. To our knowledge, the latter exercise for the first time.

    Ethnic Differences in Labour Market Participation, Health and Sickness Absence among Parents Caring for Chronically Ill or Disabled Children

    Financed by the Research Council of Norway

    The aim of this project is to investigate how mothers and fathers caring for chronically ill or disabled children balance work and care, and how this extra "burden" may influence parents' health, well-being, labour market attachment and sickness absence.


    The project will particularly contribute with more knowledge about how immigrant families from different countries are affected by having chronically ill or disabled children, and we will study how gender, occupation and education is associated with strategies and patterns of balancing work and care, and how this affects the parents' sickness absence. The project has a qualitative and a quantitative component. The qualitative component consists of interviews and focus groups with parents from Pakistan, Vietnam and Poland that have chronically ill or disabled children. In the quantitative subproject we combine a number of public registries from the Norwegian labour and welfare administration (NAV) and Statistics Norway (SSB). Through these registries we can identify mothers and fathers with seriously ill or disabled children and track their labour market attachment and sickness
    absence over time.

    Educational Trajectories: Choices, Constraints and Contexts

    Financed by the Research Council of Norway

    Education often leads to a better positioning in the labour market, including higher earnings at the individual level, as well as economic growth for society as a whole. Both from an equal rights standpoint and from a profitability standpoint it is therefore desirable to equalize opportunities for educational success. In order to do so it is important to map and understand existing educational inequalities and their consequences for labour market outcomes.


    Important questions are: Do urbanicity or region affect patterns of educational program choice? How do gender differences in educational trajectories amplify, reduce or interact with other forms of inequalities, along dimensions such as ethnicity, social class or country of origin? Is ethnic school segregation negative for student performance? Does health during childhood and adolescence influence educational outcomes such as grades and completion? Is health a mediating factor between family resources and educational outcomes?


    Our project aims to produce new knowledge that will have clear policy relevance. We will produce new knowledge on important aspects of the educational system, and especially on themes related to pathways in the educational system, the interplay between health and educational outcomes, the interplay between ethnic segregation and student performance, and finally the interplay between the educational sector and the labour market.

  • Media

    News articles, interviews and reviews


    Hva betyr det å være jøde? 

    28. november 2016 - Minervaslipp

    Mannsdominerte næringer står på stedet hvil

    01. november 2016 - Dagens perspektiv


    Min mann er sykepleier

    10. mai 2016 - Sykepleien


    Manglande inkludering av utenlandske forskarar

    6. mai 2016 - Forskerforum


    Komplekst å arbeide med mangfald

    15. april 2016 - Forskerforum


    Nordiske studenter velger mest tradisjonelt i teknologistudier

    22. mars 2016 - Khrono


    Jentene er sterkere i hodet

    8. mars 2016 - Dagsavisen


    Kristine gjorde som mamma, men gikk i pappas fotspor

    8. mars 2016 - Tønsbergs Blad Pluss


    Jenter velger mer utradisjonelt

    8. mars 2016 - Forskning.no


    Stjerner i sikte

    5. mars 2016 - Universitas


    Ansetter du én mann, kommer flere

    19. februar 2016 - Barnehage.no


    Mannen min er sykepleier. Gjør yrkesvalget ham til en unormal mann, feminin, jentete?

    16. februar 2016 - Aftenposten - Login


    De minkende kjønnsforskjellene

    4. februar 2016 - Aftenposten - Login

    Liza Reisel, Mari Teigen, Kjersti Misje Østbakken


    Fakta om likestillingsparadokset

    16. januar 2015 - Morgenbladet

    Liza Reisel, Mari Teigen


    Frykter velferdsstaten rakner uten menn

    4. januar 2015 - Vårt Land


    Innvandrerbarn bryter kjønnsmønstrene på skolen

    17. desember 2014 - Aftenposten - Login


    Flere menn må velge kvinneyrker

    16. desember 2014 - Forskning.no


    Menn skal inn i helsesektoren

    15. desember 2014 - Stavanger Aftenblad


    Menn flest velger yrke som før

    13. desember 2014 - Aftenposten - Login


    Does the Ivy League Matter?
    Bloomberg Businessweek: Bloomberg Schools, August 8, 2014

    Study Finds Minimal Impact of Selectivity on Degree Completion
    Diverse, August 7, 2014

    Study: College Selectivity Doesn't Improve Graduation Rates
    U.S. News & World Report, August 7, 2014

    Study: Attending a more selective college doesn't improve graduation prospects
    The Christian Science Monitor, August 7, 2014

    College graduation rates: More to do with students admitted than the college itself
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Get Schooled Blog), August 7, 2014

    Morning Education: Selectivity Not the 'Secret Sauce'
    Politico, August 7, 2014

    Study Rejects Notion That Selective College Boosts Graduation Chances
    Education Week, August 7, 2014

    Selectivity Doesn’t Improve Graduation Prospects, Study Finds
    The Chronicle of Higher Education, August 7, 2014

    Selectivity and Graduation Rates
    Inside Higher Ed, August 7, 2014

    Going to a more selective college doesn't make you more likely to graduate
    Vox.com, August 7, 2014


    «Legitimering av overgrep»?

    11. juni 2014 - Firda

    Horne stigmatiserer

    15. april 2014 - Bergens Tidende


    Kronikk: Utenlandsopphold på godt og vondt

    09. april 2014 - VG

    Legal harmonization and intersectionality in Swedish and Norwegian anti-discrimination reform

    19. mars 2014 - Kilden


    Pappa – krev din rett!

    19. november 2013 - NRK Ytring

    – Pappa er glad i amerikanske biler, det har smittet over på meg

    24. oktober 2013 - NRK

    Hele, faste jobber må til

    19. mars 2013 - EL & IT

    Etterlyser flere IT-kvinner

    11. mars 2013 - ABC Nyheter

    Ekte menn skyr omsorg

    07. mars 2013 - Nettavisen

    Tøffe jenter og myke gutter

    07. mars 2013 - Aftenposten

    Offentlig sektor har blitt litt mer kjønnssegregert

    05. mars 2013 - NRK P1

    Jentene vinn mest

    06. mars 2013 - Klassekampen

    Offentlige kvinner og private menn

    05. mars 2013 - Sykepleien.no

    Kjønnsdelingen blir dypere

    05. mars 2013 - Frifagbevegelse.no

    Deltid er bøygen

    05. mars 2013 - LO

    Kvinner trasker på den trygge sti

    05. mars 2013 - Dagsavisen


    Me haustar som me sår når det gjeld integrering

    17. oktober 2012 - NRK

    Innvandrerbarn gjør det best i Stockholm

    12. oktober 2012 - Utdanning

    I Tysvær tener menn 283.500 kroner meir enn kvinner

    08. mars 2012 - Haugesunds Avis

    Den norske drømmen

    27. september 2011 - Universitas.no

    Hvordan verne mot kompleks diskriminering?

    05. april 2011 - KILDEN Informasjonssenter for kjønnsforskning

    Vil gjøre vondt verre

    15. oktober 2010 - Aftenposten

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