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Dr Line Nyhagen BA & MA (Pol. science) University of Bergen; MA & PhD (Sociology) University of Southern California

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Reader in Sociology.

Line is Reader in Sociology, and she is Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. In 2016 she received Loughborough University’s Research-Informed Teaching Award. Her research is interdisciplinary and crosses subject areas within sociology and political science. She has a BA and an MA degree in Political Science from the University of Bergen, Norway, and an MA and a PhD degree in Sociology from the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles. Line joined the Department of Social Sciences at Loughborough University as Lecturer in Sociology in 2007, having previously held a post as Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in Social Policy (CRSP). Before coming to Loughborough in 2003 she was a Senior Researcher at the Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research (NIBR) in Oslo.

Line’s main research interests are in the areas of religion, gender, feminism and women’s movements, migration and ethnic relations, citizenship and identities, and public policy. She welcomes PhD proposals in all of these areas.

Line's latest book, Religion, Gender and Citizenship: Women of Faith, Gender Equality and Feminism (with Beatrice Halsaa,2016), has already been called a 'landmark contribution to scholarship' (click here for pre-publication reviews). The book explores views and experiences of Christian and Muslim women living in Norway, Spain and the United Kingdom related to their faith, identities and citizenship. It also examines their views on gender equality, women's movements and feminism.

Line’s previous book, Majority-Minority Relations in Contemporary Women’s Movements: Strategic Sisterhood (with Beatrice Halsaa; Palgrave Macmillan 2012), has been reviewed in numerous journals, including The Sociological Review, NORA - Nordic Journal of Women’s Studies, the International Journal of Iberian Studies and more (for links to and excerpts from reviews, click here. The book compares and contrasts contemporary women’s movements in Norway, Spain and the United Kingdom, with particular attention to relations between ethnic majority and ethnic minority women and politics.

Both of Line’s most recent books have emerged from the research project Gendered citizenship in multicultural Europe: The impact of contemporary women’s movements (see www.femcit.org), funded by the European Commission. Line was Work Package Leader for the theme “Multicultural citizenship: Intersections between feminism, ethnic identity and religion”, and led an international, collaborative team of researchers. Her work within FEMCIT also included a study of how women’s movement activists understand citizenship (see Nyhagen Predelli, Halsaa and Thun 2012).

Line has initiated, worked on and led several research projects that have investigated the experiences of ethnic minorities, including Muslim women and men, ethnic minority women’s organizations, and immigrant organizations. In a project sponsored by the Research Council of Norway, she studied immigrant organizations in Norway with a view to their involvement in political decision-making processes. The project followed on from her previous research on the national political influence of ethnic minority women’s organizations, which was commissioned jointly by the Norwegian Research Programme on Power and Democracy and the Norwegian Ministry of Children and Family Affairs. In the field of migration and ethnic relations, she has also studied the views and practices of Muslim women and men in relation to gender, which involved in-depth interviews with Muslims in Norway of Pakistani and Moroccan backgrounds. She led the evaluation of the Contact Committee for Immigrants and the Authorities in Norway, commissioned by the Norwegian Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development. Line has also engaged in historical-sociological research on gender and religion, published in her book Issues of Gender, Race, and Class in the Norwegian Missionary Society in Nineteenth Century Norway and Madagascar (The Edwin Mellen Press, 2003) and in several journal articles.

Line is an expert in the sociology of religion and in the sociology of gender. She teaches undergraduate modules in Sex, Gender and Society and Religion and Society. She also teaches Social Research Methods and Advanced Social Research Methods, as well as Introduction to Sociology. She teaches the postgraduate module Sex Industries, Feminisms and Women’s Movements.


  • Line Nyhagen (forthcoming, 2017). 'The Lived Religion Approach in the Sociology of Religion and its Implications for Secular Feminist Analyses of Religion'. Forthcoming in Social Compass. 
  • Line Nyhagen and Beatrice Halsaa (2016). Religion, Gender and Citizenship: Women of Faith, Gender Equality and Feminism. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Line Nyhagen (with Kristin Aune), 'Religion, Politics and Gender', in Jeffrey Haynes, ed., Routledge Handbook of Religion and Politics, 2nd edition. London: Routledge.
  • Line Nyhagen (2015). 'Conceptualizing Lived Religious Citizenship: A Case-Study of Christian and Muslim Women in Norway and the United Kingdom'. Citizenship Studies vol. 19, no. 6-7, October 2015.
  • Line Nyhagen Predelli (2013). “Front stage and back stage managerial and emotional labour in a comparative research project”. In Gabrielle Griffin, Katarina Hamberg and Britta Lundgren, eds., The Social Politics of Research Collaboration. New York: Routledge.
  • Line Nyhagen Predelli and Beatrice Halsaa (2012). Majority-Minority Relations in Contemporary Women’s Movements: Strategic Sisterhood. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Available online.
  • Line Nyhagen Predelli (2012). ‘Recognising place, space and nation in researching women’s movements: FEMCIT’, Women’s Studies International Forum 35: 141-143.
  • Line Nyhagen Predelli, Beatrice Halsaa and Cecilie Thun (2012). ‘Citizenship is not a word I use’: how women’s movement activists understand citizenship’, in B. Halsaa, S. Roseneil and S. Sümer, eds. Remaking Citizenship in Multicultural Europe: Women's Movements, Gender and Diversity. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Line Nyhagen Predelli (2011). “Ethnic Minority Women and Political Influence in Norway”, in Elzbieta H. Oleksy, Jeff Hearn and Dorota Golanska, eds. The Limits of Gendered Citizenship: Contexts and Complexities. London: Routledge, 197-211.
  • Line Nyhagen Predelli and Andreas Cebulla (2011). “Perceptions of Labour Market Risks: Shifts and Continuities across Generations”. Current Sociology 59 (1): 24-41.
  • Line Nyhagen Predelli, Beatrice Halsaa, Esmeranda Manful, Cecilie Thun and Esther Quintero (2010). Christian and Muslim women in Norway, Spain and the United Kingdom: A qualitative study of religion, gender and citizenship. FEMCIT WP4 Working Paper. Available online.
  • Line Nyhagen Predelli (2008). “Political and cultural ethnic mobilisation: The role of immigrant associations in Norway”. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 34 (6): 935-954.
  • Line Nyhagen Predelli, Alan France and Chris Dearden (2008). “Introduction: The poverty of policy? Gaps in anti-poverty policy for children and young people”. Social Policy and Society 7 (4): 471-477.
  • Line Nyhagen Predelli (2008). “Religion, citizenship and participation: A case study of immigrant Muslim women in Norwegian mosques”. European Journal of Women's Studies 15 (3): 241-260.
  • Line Nyhagen Predelli (2004). “Interpreting Gender in Islam: A Case Study of Immigrant Muslim Women in Oslo, Norway”. Gender & Society 18 (4): 473-493.
  • Line Nyhagen Predelli (2003). Issues of Gender, Race, and Class in the Norwegian Missionary Society in Nineteenth Century Norway and Madagascar. New York: The Edwin Mellen Press.