Elisabeth Hovdhaugen

Senior Lecturer - Department of Education
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Phone +47-22840951
Visiting address Sem Sælands vei 7 Helga Engs hus 0317 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1092 Blindern 0317 OSLO

Research areas

  • Studies in higher education
  • Retention, dropout and completion of higher education
  • Educational trajectories
  • Educational systems, movements between levels of education
  • Comparative and international studies
  • Time students spend studying
  • Measurement of student satisfaction and achievement
  • Learning outcomes
  • Educational reforms
  • Completion and progression in upper secondary education

Educational background

  • 2012, PhD Sociology, University of Oslo
  • 2001, Masters in Sociology, University of Oslo
  • 1998 (Autumn), UC Berkeley, Exchange student, Sociology
  • 1998, Masters in Political science and International Studies, Uppsala University
  • 1997, Bachelors in Sociology, University of Oslo


  • 2002-current Researcher/senior researcher at NIFU (Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education)

Higher education and employment history

  • I have a PhD in Sociology, the theme for the thesis was dropout in higher education and I defended my thesis in 2012. I have worked as a researcher since 2002, initially mainly in the field of higher education but later also in research on upper secondary education. I have been part of the evaluation team for the two latest large reforms in higher education and upper secondary education (Kvalitetsreformen and Kunnskapsløftet). I also have experience in working on international projects, as a participant in the consortium for Eurostudent IV (EU-based study), as the national project leader for AHELO (OECD study), and as teammember of a project for the European Commission, HEDOCE (Higher Education Dropout and Completion in Europe). I’m currently involved in another project for the European Commission: ETER (European Tertiary Education Register), which have been running since 2013.
  • While doing my PhD I was a visiting scholar for one year (2008-09) with Professor Philip Altbach at the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College. In 2012 I was a visiting scholar for two weeks at Centre for Research on Education Systems, with Professor Richard Teese at the University of Melbourne.


  • 2007-2008, 2010-2017: PED4031 Spørreskjemametodikk (surveymethodology)
  • 2015-2017: PED4031 Introduksjon til eget forskningsarbeid
  • 2015-2017: PED4031 SPSS, introduksjonskurs
  • 2015: UTVIT1500
  • 2017: PED4040

Ongoing projects

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