Dr. Philos. Liv Mjelde, Professor


Centre for Senior Staff,

Oslo Metropolitan University

for Applied Sciences. (OsloMet)

PB. 4 St. Olavs plass

N-0130 Oslo, Norway

Tel. +4767235000


Stensrudlia 7,

1294 Oslo, Norway


Mob. +479002627

Dr. Philos. Liv Mjelde

Professor emeritus




Liv Mjelde is Professor in Vocational Pedagogy. She is a sociologist by training and specialist in sociology of education. She is an expert in studying the changing relations between vocational and general education from several perspectives: psychological (forms of knowledge), didactic (workshop and classroom learning) and sociological (division of manual and mental labour). One of her research fields is the gender divisions as they can be observed directly in vocational education and working life-divisions into male and female fields of work, in relation to movements on the manual labour market and in family ideology. Work experiences include teaching and guidance of masters and doctoral students in the area of technical and vocational education.


Liv Mjelde has been conducting research for many years at both the national and international levels. Besides a wide network with researchers in European countries, Liv Mjelde has also an extensive network of researchers in North and South America, Australia and Africa. She has been a visiting scholar at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada; at the University of Tirana, Albania; at the Sami University College, Kautokeino, Norway; at Inari Adult Education College, Inari, Finland; the Institute of Adult Education, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia and at Kyambogo University, Kampala, Uganda. She has been part of the Network of Vocational of Education and Training: “VET and Culture” since it’s initiation in Finland in 1993 and she has initiated several international conferences in the field of vocational education in Norway. She has also published widely in several languages (see list of publications).


Liv Mjelde has extensive teaching experiences from all levels of the educational system. She worked as a counsellor in the biggest vocational school in Scandinavia for 18 years. She has been working for more than 20 years on developing a democratic and cooperative teaching model in the Masters programme for vocational teachers at the Akershus University College (HIAk). Evaluation of Leonardo da Vinci programmes for the European Union Commission has also been part of her experience. She has been the Norwegian project leader for HIAk in a cooperative project with Kyambogo University in Kampala, Uganda and Upper Nile University, Malakal, Southern Sudan from 2007 till 2011. The aim of the project was to build up a Masters degree in Vocational Pedagogy at Kyambogo University with students from Uganda, Southern Sudan and Norway.


Liv Mjelde has been the keynote speaker at numerous conferences in Norway and several international conferences among other: in Santiago de Chile (1986), Portland, Oregon (1986) USA, in Malta (1992), the ­University of Cienfuegos, Cienfuegos, Cuba, at the Teacher Congress in Havana, Cuba (2008), in Dhaka, ­Bangladesh, (2009) Upper Nile, University, Malakal, Sudan and Kyambogo University, Uganda (2006–2011). She has been the Norwegian representative in several Euroepean education workshop and conferences.



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