Torunn Pettersen has been affiliated with Sámi allaskuvla / Sámi University of Applied Sciences most of the time since the institution was established in1989. During the years she has had various administrative and scientific positions. Currently she holds a position as researcher (40 %) at the Giela, duoji ja servodatdiehtagiid goahti / Department for language, duodji and socialsciences.
Her educational background includes a PhD in healthsciences (UiT The Arctic University of Norway 2015), a second level degree ("hovedfag") in politicalscience (University of Tromsø 1998), and a three-year education as a librarian (Statens bibliotekhøgskole 1983).
Among her researchinterests are
Aspects regarding the lack of and the possible construction and use of Sámi (official) statistics, including the topic of indigenous data sovereignty and ethnicity data as a phenomenon.
The Sámediggi elections – especially aspects of the Sámediggi electoral roll in Norway, as well as gender-related aspects.
Health and living conditions among the Sámi and other indigenous peoples.