Gudmund Ågotnes

Field of work


I am a professor at the Department of Welfare and Participation (IVD), primarily teaching at the master's program in Applied Social Sciences (previously Community Work). By training, I am a social anthropologist from the University of Bergen. I currently lead the research group "Community Work" at IVD.

My research interests include mechanisms for inclusion, marginalization and exclusion, participatory processes and methods and the dialectic between public service provision and the civic society. Empirically my research mainly focuses on an ageing population, addressing questions of participation and citizenship in the context of the welfare state


Courses taught
  • Social anthropology
  • Qualitative methods
  • Community Work
  • Variation and complexity in care services
  • Participation and citizenship
  • Social capital
Research areas
  • Long-term residential care
  • International and comparative welfare services
  • Participation and citizenship
  • Age-friendly societies
  • Ageing and substance use
Research groups

Community Work