The Norwegian team comprise Eva Langeland, Marthe Feiring, Oddvar Førland, Kari Hjelle, Maria Ranner, Hanne Tuntland, Mia Vabø, and Kjersti Vik.
Eva Langeland works as a Professor of Health Science at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (100% position) and as a Professor of Health promotion work with in-depth in Salutogenesis at the University of South- Eastern Norway (20% position). She is a mental health nurse. She has a doctoral degree from the University of Bergen about “Sense of coherence and life satisfaction in people suffering from mental health problems. An intervention study in talk-therapy groups with focus on salutogenesis”.
She is project leader of a national project about reablement. This has resulted in many international and national publications. She has also published many articles and book chapters about health promotion, salutogenesis, mental health and long term health challenges.
She is member of The Nordic Health Promotion Research Network (NHPRN) and the Society for Theory and Research on Salutogenesis (STARS).
She is leader of the research group Rehabilitation and Health Promotion at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences
Marte Feiring is Associate Professor at the Master’s programme on rehabilitation and habilitation, Faculty of Health Science, Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet), Norway, where she has worked since 2011. She holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Oslo on the history of rehabilitation and a bachelors degree in Occupational Therapy from Oslo and with 10 years clinical experience. Feiring has worked for 12 years in applied sciences and has generated and co-generated about 15 million NOK. Her research projects cover historical and critical perspectives on health policies, welfare services, professional and multi-professional knowledge, rehabilitation practices and civil movements. She has published 25 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and commissioned about 20 research reports. In addition to lecturing on the history and contemporary practices of rehabilitation including reablement, Feiring holds courses in user-involvement in research, qualitative methods, text analysis and academic writing at bachelor, master and PhD level. A particular area of interest relates to critical health and social research, where she applies sociological theories with an emphasis on French socio-cultural approaches, sociology of science as well as institutional and interactionist perspectives.
Oddvar Førland has since 2010 worked as a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Care Research – Western Norway. Additionally, he has a second position as Professor at VID Specialized University. He is a nurse and a sociologist and has led several research projects within the field of elderly care and municipal health and care services in primary health care.
Areas of interest: Public organization and service development, dissemination and implementation of reforms and new knowledge, health service research, municipal care services, elderly care, rehabilitation services, patient safety culture, user involvement, family carers, voluntary sector, medical sociology, professionalism and trust studies.
From 2017 he is the main Editor in Chief in the Journal of Care Research [Tidsskrift for omsorgsforskning] https://www.idunn.no/tidsskrift_for_omsorgsforskning?languageId=2. He is also editor at the National documentation Centre for Municipal health and care services [Omsorgsbiblioteket] where he has conducted a literature reviews in the topic of “Reablement” https://www.helsebiblioteket.no/omsorgsbiblioteket/hverdagsrehabilitering and “Preventive home visits to older people”.
He has published over 40 articles in peer-reviewed journals, of which nine is within the topic of reablement.
Associate Professor Kari Margrete Hjelle has worked at the University College of Western Norway, since 1994 and has 24 years of teaching experience. She is an occupational therapist, and has worked as clinical occupational therapist in 13 years.
She has a master degree from the University of Bergen, and her thesis describe the collaboration between occupational therapist and persons with spinal cord injury in hospital. Further research has been participation in society of persons with a disability, and how bachelor students develop the skills of acting through activity based pedagogy.
Since 2015, Kari Margrete Hjelle´s research has been and still is focusing reablement. She has published four peer-reviewed articles describing the experiences of older persons´, relatives´ and teams´ experiences of participating in reablement service.
Hanne Tuntland works as a Professor (Docent in rehabilitation) at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (100% position) and as an Associate Professor at Oslo Metropolitan University (20% position). She has a doctoral degree from the University of Bergen, a master`s degree from the University of Oslo and a bachelor degree in Occupational therapy from Oslo Metropolitan University. She has an OT specialization dealing with work with older adults and long experience as a faculty member involved in master level interprofessional educations dealing with gerontology and rehabilitation. Her academic and teaching experience has resulted in several text books for bachelor students.
She is a pioneer in Norwegian reablement research and has been involved in two empirical studies investigating reablement. This has resulted in several scientific articles and reports, a doctoral thesis, an edited textbook and several book chapters exploring various aspects of reablement. She has also participated in the Global Think Tank on reablement arranged by the International Federation of Ageing.
Mia Vabø is a Research Professor at Oslo Metropolitan University. Her research interest centers around transformation of care systems – how political, cultural and organizational changes intersects and shape new patterns of practice. This include new theories of ageing, reablement policy and institutional responses by local governments. Vabø has taken particular interest in comparative welfare research and in the way policy moves from place to place. She has participated in several Nordic research network, such as the Nordic Centre of Excellence in Welfare Research: reassessing the Nordic Welfare Model. Vabø is currently leading a Norwegian/Danish research project CONTEXT that focusses on new forms of organization and governance associated with integrated person centered care and rehabilitation.
Kjersti Vik is Professor at the Occupational Therapy Section at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. She has a Ph.D. in Occupational Therapy from Karolonska Institutet in Sweden. Kjersti Vik have had a special interest in ageing and rehabilitation throughout her working carrier, as an OT in different at rehabilitation facilities in hospitals and in the municipality, as lecturer, writing textbooks and as a researcher. Her research are related to, ageing in general, and more specifically participation and inclusion, environment as a barrier and facilitator for participation, experience with community based health care and rehabilitation.
Health professionals have acknowledged the knowledge she have developed though her research and she have been invited to give courses and lectures throughout Scandinavia. She is appointed honorary member of the Norwegian Association of Occupational Therapy.