Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies


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 Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. In 2018 she received the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, and in 2016 she received Loughborough University’s Research-Informed Teaching Award. Line is an expert in the sociology of religion and the sociology of gender. Her research is interdisciplinary and crosses fields within sociology and political science. She obtained her PhD in Sociology and an MA in Sociology from the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles. She also has MA and BA degrees in Political Science from the University of Bergen, Norway. Line joined the Department of Social Sciences at Loughborough University as Lecturer in 2007, after holding a post as Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in Social Policy (CRSP), also at Loughborough, since 2003. Prior to this she was a Senior Researcher at the Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research (NIBR) in Oslo, Norway.

Line’s research expertise covers religion, gender, feminism and women’s movements, migration and ethnic relations, citizenship and identities, and public policy. Her research has informed public policy work on integration in the UK and in Norway. In 2018 her research evidence featured in the report ‘The Ties that Bind: Citizenship and Civic Engagement in the 21st Century’, published by the House of Lords Select Committee on Citizenship and Civic Engagement (click here), following on from her invited oral evidence (click here) and her written evidence (click here) to the Committee in 2017. In 2016 she gave oral and written evidence to the Citizens UK’s Citizens Commission on Islam, Participation & Public Life. Her evidence was quoted anonymously in UK Citizens ‘The Missing Muslims’ report published in 2017 (click here). She has also written articles on gender, religion and integration for the academic blog The Conversation (click here and here).

Line's book Religion, Gender and Citizenship: Women of Faith, Gender Equality and Feminism (with Beatrice Halsaa; Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), has been called a 'landmark contribution to scholarship' (click here for information and reviews). The book, which has since been reviewed in multiple international journals, explores views and experiences of Christian and Muslim women living in Norway, Spain and the United Kingdom in relation to their faith, identities and citizenship. It also examines their views on gender equality, women's movements and feminism. Line has also written about the relationship between lived religion and lived citizenship in the journal Citizenship Studies (2015; click here). In a further research contribution (Social Compass, 2017), Line has proposed a typology of different secular feminist approaches to religion in Western contexts (click here).

Line’s earlier book, Majority-Minority Relations in Contemporary Women’s Movements: Strategic Sisterhood (with Beatrice Halsaa; Palgrave Macmillan, 2012; click here for information and reviews) 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. The book compares and contrasts contemporary women’s movements in Norway, Spain and the United Kingdom, with particular attention to relations between women from ethnic majority and ethnic minority backgrounds within women’s movement organisations in these three countries.

The above books have emerged from the research project Gendered citizenship in multicultural Europe: The impact of contemporary women’s movements (see, 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; click here).

Line has initiated, worked on and led research projects that have investigated the experiences of ethnic minorities, including Muslim women and men, ethnic minority women’s organisations, and immigrant organisations. Her research in Norway on the participation of Muslim women in mosques and on Muslim women’s diverse views on gender relations has been published in the European Journal of Women’s Studies (click here) and in Gender & Society (click here).

In a project sponsored by the Research Council of Norway, she studied immigrant organisations in Norway with a view to their involvement in political decision-making processes (click here). The project followed on from her previous research on the national political influence of ethnic minority women’s organisations, jointly commissioned by the Norwegian Research Programme on Power and Democracy and the Norwegian Ministry of Children and Family Affairs (click here). Line also 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 (click here).

Line has also undertaken significant 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; for information and reviews click here) and in multiple journal articles.

Line is an expert in the sociology of religion and in the sociology of gender. She teaches the undergraduate modules Gender, Sex & Society and Religion & Society, the latter of which includes a student field trip to a religious place of worship. Line also teaches Social Research Methods and Advanced Social Research Methods, as well as Introduction to Sociology. At postgraduate level she has taught the module Sex Industries, Feminisms and Women’s Movements. Line is Senior Fellow of the HEA. In 2018 she received the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, and in 2016 she received the prestigious Loughborough University’s Research-Informed Teaching Award.

  • Nyhagen, L. (2018). ‘Citizenship, Religion, Gender and the Politics of Belonging: A Case Study of White, Middle-Class Christian Men in the East Midlands, United Kingdom’. Culture and Religion (published online 27 April 2018). DOI: 10.1080/14755610.2018.1466821
  • Nyhagen, L. (2017). 'The Lived Religion Approach in the Sociology of Religion and its Implications for Secular Feminist Analyses of Religion'. Social Compass 64 (4): 495-511
  • Nyhagen, L. et al. (2017). ‘Lived nations – whose nations? The quest for belonging’. In Antonsich, M., Mavroudi, L. and Mihelj, S., eds. ‘Building inclusive nations in the age of migration’. Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power 24 (2): 171-176.
  • Nyhagen, L. & Halsaa, B. (2016). Religion, Gender and Citizenship: Women of Faith, Gender Equality and Feminism. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Aune, K. &  Nyhagen, L. (2016), 'Religion, Politics and Gender', in J. Haynes, ed., Routledge Handbook of Religion and Politics, 2nd ed. London: Routledge, 335-351.
  • Nyhagen, L. (2015). 'Conceptualizing Lived Religious Citizenship: A Case-Study of Christian and Muslim Women in Norway and the United Kingdom'. Citizenship Studies 19 (6-7): 768-784.
  • Nyhagen Predelli, L. (2013). “Front stage and back stage managerial and emotional labour in a comparative research project”. In G. Griffin, K. Hamberg & B. Lundgren, eds., The Social Politics of Research Collaboration. New York: Routledge, 57-73.
  • Nyhagen Predelli, L. & Halsaa, B. (2012). Majority-Minority Relations in Contemporary Women’s Movements: Strategic Sisterhood. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Nyhagen Predelli, L. (2012). ‘Recognising place, space and nation in researching women’s movements: FEMCIT’, Women’s Studies International Forum 35: 141-143.
  • Nyhagen Predelli, L., Halsaa, B. & Thun, C. (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, 188-212.
  • Nyhagen Predelli, L. (2011). “Ethnic Minority Women and Political Influence in Norway”, in E. H. Oleksy, J. Hearn & D. Golanska, eds. The Limits of Gendered Citizenship: Contexts and Complexities. London: Routledge, 197-211.
  • Nyhagen Predelli, L. & Cebulla, A. (2011). “Perceptions of Labour Market Risks: Shifts and Continuities across Generations”. Current Sociology 59 (1): 24-41.
  • Nyhagen Predelli, L. (2008). “Political and cultural ethnic mobilisation: The role of immigrant associations in Norway”. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 34 (6): 935-954.
  • Nyhagen Predelli, L., France, A. & Dearden, C. (2008). “Introduction: The poverty of policy? Gaps in anti-poverty policy for children and young people”. Social Policy and Society 7 (4): 471-477.
  • Nyhagen Predelli, L. (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.
  • Nyhagen Predelli,L. (2004). “Interpreting Gender in Islam: A Case Study of Immigrant Muslim Women in Oslo, Norway”. Gender & Society 18 (4): 473-493.
  • Nyhagen Predelli, L. (2003). Issues of Gender, Race, and Class in the Norwegian Missionary Society in Nineteenth Century Norway and Madagascar. New York: The Edwin Mellen Press.