Faglige interesser

Rysst has participated in many research projects, the most important are:

1)   Viability and consumption in the Nordic welfare states (Udsathed og Forbrug i de nordiske velfærdsstater) (2002-2005).

2)   “I want to be me. I want to be kul”. An analysis of Norwegian preteen girls in the light of a presumed “disappearance” of childhood. PhD project.

3)   Beauty comes from within: looking good as a challenge in health promotion (2007-2010).

4)   Aesthetic Ideals and Big bodies in Norway and Russia (work seminar project autumn 2009).

5)   Inclusion and language competence: an evaluation of language courses for immigrant women in Alna, Oslo (2008-2009).

6)   UNIFORM: work garments for women in male dominated occupations (2010-2013).

7)   The social importance of things: the relationship between consumption and inclusion among children and their families (2009-2012).

8)    Migration, Ethnicity and Consumption (Migrasjon, etnisitet og forbruk) (2009-2012).

9)   Youth in Multicultural contexts (2013-

Research interests: children, youth, gender, ethnicity, race, body, consumption, migration.




Latest publications:

Rysst, Mari, (2015): Friendship and gender identity among girls in a multicultural setting in Oslo, Childhood, online September 2014

Klepp, Ingun G. and Rysst, Mari (2016): Deviant Bodies and Suitable Clothes. Fashion Theory, February 2016

Rysst, Mari, 2016: ‘I think of myself as Norwegian, although I feel that I am from another country’. Children constructing ethnic identity in diverse cultural contexts in Oslo, Norway. In Seeberg, Marie Louise and Elzbieta Godziak (eds). Contested Childhoods: Growing up in Migrancy. Springer Books, IMISCOE Research Series.

Rysst, Mari, 2017: “Always a Foreigner?” Ethnic Identity Construction and Belonging Among Youth of Immigrant Origin in Norway. In Herold, Mariella and Rina Contini (eds), Living in Two Homes: Integration, Identity and Education of Transnational Migrants in a Globalized World. Emerald Group Publishing (online April 2017)


Mari Rysst holds two MA’s, one in political science (1988) and the other in social anthropology (2000). In addition, she has a PhD in social anthropology (2008), all done at The University of Oslo. She worked as research assistant and PhD student at the University of Oslo (2001-2008), in combination with a research position at National Institute for Consumer research in Oslo (SIFO). From 2012-2015 she had a position as research leader and senior researcher at SIFO. Presently Rysst works as assistant professor on the master program on Social work, Children and Youth, and directs the PhD program Children and Youth Participation and Competence development (BUK). Rysst has experience in many research fields related to children and youth, reflected in many of her publications.


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