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Pettersen, Torunn
Dutki / Researcher / Forsker



General information

CV (in Norwgian): PDF icon cv_pettersen_torunn_2021-01_-_full.pdf

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 combined position as a researcher (50 %) at the Department for language, duodji, reindeer husbandry and social sciences, and as the project manager (50 %) for the Expert Group on Sámi statistics analysis (cf. Faglig analysegruppe for samisk statistikk).

Her educational background includes a PhD in health sciences (UiT The Arctic University of Norway 2015), a second level degree ("hovedfag") in political science (University of Tromsø 1998), and a three-year education as a librarian (Statens bibliotekhøgskole 1983).

Among her research interests are

  • Terms and conditions for knowledge building and opinion formation on Sámi related issues – especially the making and use of Sámi and other indigenous (official) statistics, including 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.

Pettersen currently participates in one externally funded research project:

The 2021 Sámi Parliament Election Study / Sametingsvalgundersøkelsen 2021