Mari Rysst is professor in social science/social anthropology, in which she holds a PhD. She also holds a MA in political science (1988), both done at The University of Oslo. She developed her research profession as a 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. Today she is director of the PhD program Children and Youth Participation and Competence development (BUK), where she also teaches, in combination with teaching at the social work master program of children and youth. Rysst has experience in many research fields related to children and youth, consumption, social inclusion and migration, reflected in many of her publications.
Research interests: children, youth, gender, ethnicity, race, body, consumption, migration.
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. Kartlegging av reklame for Usunn mat rettet mot barn og unge (2013),
10. Retusjert reklame og kroppspress (2013)
11. Youth in Multicultural contexts (2013-2018).
12. Decisions and Justifications in Child Protection Services (2018-)
Some recent publications:
Rysst, M. (2020, in press): Popularity, gender and social inclusion among girls in ethnic diverse contexts in Norway. International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies, Volume 11 (1)
Rysst, Mari, (2019): “Consumption Practices and Inclusion among children in Lillehammer”. In Borch, Anita, Harsløf, Ivan, Klepp, Ingun Grimstad and Kirsi Lailtala (eds.): Inclusive Consumption. Immigrants’ Access to and Use of Public and Private Goods and Services. Oslo: Universitetsforlaget.
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.
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.
Klepp, I. G.,& Rysst, M. (2016): Deviant Bodies and Suitable Clothes. Fashion Theory, February 2016.
Rysst, Mari, (2015): Friendship and gender identity among girls in a multicultural setting in Oslo, Childhood (published online 11 September 2014).