Inspiring hero, tragic victim, or just human?

After four years of hard work Gagan Chhabra will defend his thesis Friday June 18th. In this episode Gagan looks back on his project where he has been comparing Norway to India focusing on disability policy reforms and employment experiences of young adults with visual impairments. Gagan shares the love for his projects but also the many hurdles he has met on the journey.

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Writing a Master’s thesis on pandemics, during a pandemic

Carla Louise Hughes and Lara Maria Dora Steinmetz are finishing up their first year studying a Master’s in International Social Welfare and Health Policy. They are now affiliated with The Center for Research on Pandemics & Society (PANSOC).

In this episode they talk about their master’s projects, PANSOC and what it is like to be an international master’s student during a pandemic.

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What is carbon storage?

– It makes sense to clean up after yourself, says Associate Professor Rebecca Allen in this episode.

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) can be an important solution to reach our goals in the Paris agreement. Rebecca Allen from Canada has done research on CCS. In this episode you will get a good explanation on how we can store carbon and why Norway is special within this field.

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What is ableism?

In this podcast episode PhD Candidate Gagan Chhabra explains the term disablism. Discrimination against disabled people is a big problem, but not often talked about.

– Disabled people have been pushed back of the que and marginalized for too long, Gagan explains, it’s time to start a dialogue.

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Why George Floyd’s murder spawned a global wave of protests

The murder of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer sparked the most sustained wave of protests in the US since the 1960s, in addition to protests in Norway and countries all across the world. Issues of structural and systemic racism have been thrust into the mainstream discourse like never before. Do the events of the past month mark a turning point in how our societies view and deal with racism, or are things likely to revert to normal?

In this episode, Professor Erika Gubrium and Associate Professor Ariana Fernandes of the Institute of Social Work, Child Welfare and Social policy join host Jeff Lugowe for a deep dive into the circumstances surrounding this global protest movement and the state of systemic racism on both sides of the Atlantic. They discuss who has taken the lead in organizing the street protests, what the research tells us about structural racism in the US and Norway, and whether the mobilization we are currently witnessing will have a lasting impact on the societies we live in.

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What is quantum computing?

In this episode of the podcast, Associate Professor Sergiy Denysov and Professor Sølve Selstø of the Department of Computer Science explain quantum computing. In order to better understand quantum computing, according to the reseachers, it helps to compare it to classic computing. 

Students interested in learning more about quantum computing should check out the Master’s Degree in Applied Computer and Information Technology (ACIT).

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What can we learn from a 100-year-old flu?

Jessica Dimka has received a grant from the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) and has just started her project at the Work Research Institute (AFI) at OsloMet. For the next two years Jessica will do research on disability and disease during the 1918 Influenza pandemic. In this episode Jessica tells us about her project and what we can learn from a 100-year-old flu. 


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The #Hack4Education winners

This April George Anthony Giannoumis brought his students Rosy Oo, Hifza Shahzad and Alina Zielinska to the #Hack4Education. And guess what, they came home as the winners!

In this episode we get to learn more about the hackathon and Si do, the idea they won the hackathon with.

Rosy Oo, Hifza Nadeem, Alina Zielinska and George Anthony Giannoumis

Si do is a mobile application, that can enable women in the global south to become independent, by using their talent in sewing to become an entrepreneur.

The applications helps women by developing their digital skills, discovering new patterns, learning how to sell their clothing designs, and becoming a source of inspiration for others around the globe.

Si Do has three main features. First, it includes learning materials divided into three levels, for beginners, intermediate and advanced. Second, it is a social platform for communication. Where users can ask questions and discuss different topics. And finally, it is a marketplace, for trading and exchanging clothing designs, patterns and selling finished products.

Do you want to get in touch with the students? Send them an email at

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Gagan Chhabra

Gagan Chhabra

Gagan Chhabra has come all the way from India to Norway to do disability research at OsloMet. In this episode he tells us about his big career change from business to research, being visually impaired and how we can get more young people with disabilities into the labor market.

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Two worlds, too apart to converge? A comparison of social regulation policies aimed at the employment of disabled people in Norway and India

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Gagan Chhabras profile page at OsloMet:

Video: Lecture at Berkeley:

Video: Rethinking Diversity, Reintroducing Disability – Panel Discussion at UC Berkeley – Feb 12, 2019:

Khrono article from 2015:

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