Gender equality at NHH

Gender equality at NHH

NHH shall improve its work on gender equality. This is a precondition to ensure that NHH succeeds in strengthening both its national and international position.

A key challenge for NHH is to recruit and retain talented women. Active work on gender equality underpins NHH’s mission statement ‘Together for sustainable value creation’.


  • All female postdoctoral researchers and associate professors are awarded an annual stipend of NOK 25,000 for further qualification. The time period is up to three years, with an option to apply for prolongation.
  • All women in associate professor positions will earn the first two years of research leave in half the normal time.
  • All women in academic positions can receive a grant of up to NOK 40,000 per year to attend recognised conferences, workshops and similar events.
  • Employees can receive support for extra journeys home if the research stay is of a longer duration and the grounds are related to their family situation.



The heads of department are responsible for gender equality in their department and make up the gender equality team at NHH together with NHH’s Gender Equality Advisor and the Vice-Rector for Faculty Management.

The gender equality team will be a driving force and an inspiration by contributing to strategic discussions and objectives, as well as coordinating the work towards gender equality at NHH.

The team must stay up to date on practices in the higher education sector in general and at NHH in particular, and has overall responsibility for implementing the action plan.


NHH’s Gender Equality Advisor coordinates the school’s equality work and is responsible, in consultation with the gender
equality team and the management at NHH, for the follow-up and evaluation of the ‘Action Plan for Improved Gender Equality in Academic Positions.

’The Equality Advisor is the secretary of the equality team.


The Board annually allocates funds for central and local gender equality work. From these, funds are set aside and can be applied for once a year by the academic groups.

On top of this come any external funds, e.g. through projects that are part of the Research Council’s BALANSE programme on gender balance in senior positions and research management.

gender Equality Seminars

NHH organises annual seminars on gender equality at NHH and in academia in general. The seminars highlight women’s position in academia, focusing on why women are under-represented and on strategies to overcome inequality.

Managers and academic staff are the primary target group. The seminars are open to external participants

  • Seminar overview

    Seminar overview

    Culture and structure for gender equality and better gender balance

    Aud B

    Historian Trine Rogg Korsvik, Kilden, and researchers from NHH

    Tittel: NHH and gender perspectives in research

    Aud M

    Annelise Ly, Associate Professor Annelise Ly at the Department of Professional and Intercultural Communication

    Title: Diversity and inclusion for sustainable value creation

    17 OCT 2022 14.00-17.00 Aud. Q

    Lise Vesterlund, Professor, University of Pittsburgh, Adjunct professor NHH

    Title: Workplace Equality

    8 March 2022 11.00-12.00 Aud. M

    Helene Uri, Professor, linguist and author

    Title: The power of language – unconscious bias and sustainable value creation

    22 NOV 2019
    10.00 - 12.00
    The NHH employee cafeteria

    Wendy Carlin, professor of economics at University College London (UCL) and leader of the CORE-project.

    Title: 300 000 economists missing. Where are they?...And what can NHH do?


    10.00 - 12.00
    The Jebsen centre, NHH

    Curt Rice, rector and professor at OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University and the leader of the Committee for Gender Balance and Diversity in Research (KIF).

    Title: Gender balance and gender perspectives – a matter of quality?

    Meeting room 9th floor

    Astrid Kunze, Professor of Economics, NHH, and James Hosea, Senior Adviser, Section for Research Administration, NHH.

    Where are all the women at business schools, and why are they so few?

    Breakfast get-together and discussion for female faculty members

    Karl Borch

    Anna Wahl, Vice President for Gender Equality and Vaules, KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden 

    Gender Equality Expertise in leadership positions

    Panel: Anna Wahl, Øystein Thøgersen, Mette Bjørndal and Gunnar E. Christensen
    Leader of seminar and panel: Hilde Sandvik, director of Broen.XYZ
    Title for the panel discussion: Gender Equality Expertise in leadership positions

    Karl Borch                                                 

    Jill Walker Rettberg, Professor of Digital Culture, (UiB)

    Title: Research Council of Norway grants: How are applications evaluated and funds dispersed?

    Panel: Jill W. Rettberg, Karin Thorburn, Bertil Tungodden and Helge Thorbjørnsen
    Leader of seminar and panel: Hilde Sandvik, director of Broen.XYZ
    Title for the panel discussion (film): Research Council of Norway grants: How are applications evaluated and funds dispersed?

    Programme Committee responsible for the seminar series


    • Gender Equality team at NHH


    • Spring: Agnes Bamford, Ina Celise Sortland, Ann-Mari Haram, Stella Kristine Angove, Marianne Boge, Silje Thalberg and Ingebjørg Tyssedal
    • Autumn: NHH Fair w/Aline Butikofer


    • Astrid Kunze, Professor at the Department of Economics
    • Ingebjørg Tyssedal, Gender Equality adviser,


    • Ingeborg Kleppe, Professor at the Department of Strategy and Management
    • Astrid Kunze, Professor at the Department of Economics
    • Tina Søreide, Professor at the Department of Accounting Auditing and Law
    • Karin Thorburn, Professor at the Department of Finance
    • Ingebjørg Tyssedal, Gender Equality adviser, NHH
    • Sunniva Whittaker, Deputy Rector and at the Department of Professional and Intercultural Communication (from. October 2016 – to June 2017)
  • External courses and seminars

    External courses and seminars

    GE Academy has prepared a training programme with tailored teaching plan in various formats. The GE Academy, Gender Equality Academy (2019–2021), was an EU project under Horizon 2020 that aimed to promote gender perspectives and gender balance in order to improve the quality of research and innovation, as well as to establish a pan-European network of experts on gender issues. 

    GE Academy consisted of 12 partners from 11 countries. The Norwegian partner was Kilden kjø

Women in academic positions at NHH