PhD Candidate

Kjell Einar Barsnes

Field of work

I have been employed at HVL since June 2019 as a Ph.D. candidate. My Ph.D. project is a part of the larger project "Challenges of Participation" (CHAPAR). The Ph.D. project addresses the Labor and Welfare Administration's (NAV) service users and employees. Actors in user and employee roles describe and reflect on how matter is associated with participation and relations. 

A tentative title is "Sociomaterial conditions for service delivery and participation in the Norwegian labor and welfare administration." 

I studied social anthropology at NTNU and the University of Oslo.

Courses taught

SAB120: Social work as subject and profession
SAB130: Basic knowledge of social work
SAB220: Social work practice in the welfare services
BSV5-300: Bachelor thesis


Research areas

Sociomateriality is a concept that may cover ambiguous and interwoven fields of humans and artifacts, space and place. Public services for citizens with substance use challenges are described in this study. Service users and NAV employees are interviewed. The study aims to analyze participation and relations with these starting points.


Research questions:

How does the sociomaterial structure of NAV affect service user participation for inhabitants with substance use challenges?

How does the sociomaterial structure of NAV affect relations between employees and service users?

Research groups


  • Sosiomaterielle vilkår for brukarmedverknad i NAV: Brukaropplevingar av kommunikasjonskanalar og stadar

  • Methodological challenges and opportunities in social work research and knowledge production together with professional practitioners and user groups with restricted autonomy: Sociomaterial conditions for participation in Norwegian labour and welfare services

  • Betydning av sosiomaterielle betingelser for medvirkning. Sosiomaterielle vilkår for tenesteyting og deltaking i NAV: metodologi for å studera rusoppfølging ved to NAV-kontor.

    Barsnes, Kjell Einar, Seim, Sissel (2019)
  • Som ein far: ein analyse av disiplin og straff i tanzaniansk skule.