Anette Fagertun

Field of work

Anette Fagertun is a social anthropologist with a PhD from University of Bergen, 2009, and Professor of Social Science at the Centre for Care Research west and Department of welfare and participation, FHS, HVL. Fagertun primarily works within the ethnographic field of Europe and Norway, but also has extensive research experience from Southeast Asia, Indonesia.

Fagertun’s research interests are broad and include labor, gender and class; neoliberalism and capitalism; social justice and social inequality; migration and diversity; welfare state and social policy; municipal healthcare services; and women's health.

From October 2019 to dec 2025 Fagertun is project manager (PM) for a large institutional strategic research project funded by the RCN, «The politics of a changing institutional ecology: coordinating and prioritizing healthcare and welfare services in the municipal landscape» (ISP). The project investigates services coordination in a comparative perspective, is based in the municipal health and care services and aims to identify mechanisms that promote or impede services interaction.

Courses taught
  • Philosophy of science (all evels)
  • Methodology
  • Social theory
  • Supervision, all levels
Research areas
  • Europe, Norway and Indonesia
  • Labour,  gender and the welfare state
  • Social policy
  • welfare regimes and municipal health-care services
  • Class, social inequality and neoliberal capitalism


  • The logic of activization in municipal healthcare: boundary work, prioritization and deservingness

    Tingvold, Laila, Fagertun, Anette (2024)
  • Omsorgens politiske økonomi

    Fagertun, Anette, Førland, Oddvar (2024)
  • Introduction: Welfare State Capitalism, Universalism, and Social Reproduction in Scandinavia

    Vike, Halvard, Fagertun, Anette, Haukelien, Heidi (2024)
  • Boklansering av The political economy of care. Welfare state capitalism, universalism and social reproduction.

    Haukelien, Heidi, Fagertun, Anette, Vike, Halvard, Jacobsen, Frode F., Førland, Oddvar (2024)
  • The glamour and grammar of innovation: notes on the spectacular reimagination of municipal care in Norway.

    Hansen, Roar, Fagertun, Anette, Haukelien, Heidi (2024)
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