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I have a bachelor's degree in social education/vernepleie (1996) and a master's degree in community work (2013), both from what is now the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences. Social education is a specialized form of social work concerning the design and provision of support services to persons with disabilities with complex support needs. As a community worker I have particularly focused on representations of disability, socially created conditions for participation, and social justice. I have published on topics in my professional field since 2003.

I am an employee at the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, but a PhD student at the University of Agder, School of Business and Law, with a supervisor from the Department of Working Life and Innovation.

I have published a number of peer reviewed articles in Norwegian language journals. Internationally, I have published peer reviewed articles in journals such as Learning Disability Practice, and The Qualitative Report, as well as a book chapter in a book published by Routledge.

My PhD topic is workplace disability inclusion - the efforts of mainstream workplaces to include workers with disabilities on an equal basis with others (a goal from the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the CRPD). I am particularly looking at organizations' ability to accommodate disabled workers, through creating pockets of circumstances that support the competance and agency of these workers to the same extent that the existing circumstances already support the 'non-disabled' workers.

My research design is a pragmatist theorization (Swedberg, 2014), using methods such as field work and qualitative interviewing, and an abductive analytic approach with analyses of existing business and management research on work and disability, in light of my own case data, and vice versa.

Research interests

  • The community work research group, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences

Selected publications

Owren, T. (2019). Nine rules of engagement: Reflections on reflexivity. The Qualitative Report, 24(2), 228-241.

Owren, T. & Helmersen, M. (2018). Coping with work: Redefining relations between work life and society. I Garmann Johnsen, H.C., Holtskog, H. og Ennals, R. (red.). Coping with the Future: Rethinking Assumptions for Society, Business and Work. London and New York: Routledge.

Owren, T. & Stenhammer, T. (2013). Neurodiversity – accepting autistic difference. Learning Disability Practice, May 2013, No 4.

Owren, T. (2013). Autreat and Autscape: informing and challenging the neurotypical will and ability to include. Master's Thesis. Western Norway University of Applied Sciences.

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