Pro-Rector for Research

Christine Øye

Field of work

I have been employed in the position of Pro-Rector for Research since January 1st, 2024, for a fixed term of four years. From January 2023, I was the Vice Dean for Research at the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences.

I have been employed at the university college since 1998, and I am trained as a social anthropologist with a PhD from 2009. In 2016, I was appointed to professor, where I have particularly researched health and social care services, including implementation research and innovation in the public sector. In addition, I have worked extensively with research ethics issues.

As Pro-Rector for Research, I am responsible for developing and implementing the university college's strategy with a special focus on research, innovation, and internationalization. I am to ensure high quality and relevance in the research work, as well as support the faculties' work with research funding and partnerships with external actors.

Furthermore, I lead the formation of research policy and contribute to improving the research infrastructure. I will also work to promote interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation to enhance the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences' research-based knowledge exchange with the region and society at large. Additionally, I work to ensure compliance with ethical guidelines in research to maintain good research practice.

Courses taught

PhD level:

Health and social care service research

Research ethics and methodology

Critical ethnography and innovation

Master level: 

Mental health work adults and youth

Elderly care, ageing and society

E-health and implementation 


Sosiologi and social anthropology 



Research areas

Coercion and restraint use in health and social care services

Patient- and user communities

Home care services and ageing

E-health and innovation

Research groups

Collaboration and Innovation in Health and social care services

Health and social care service research

Implementation and Methodology


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