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Vivian Lagesen
Postdoctoral researcher, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

Vivian A. Lagesen is a postdoctoral fellow at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. She is a sociologist, with a Ph. D. in interdisciplinary studies of culture, having specialized in science and technology studies and gender studies. Her dissertation, "Extreme makeover? The making of gender and computer science" is a study of women computer science students in Norway and Malaysia, and focus on different inclusion strategies to recruit more women to computer science. Two articles from this study are forthcoming in Social Studies of Science and Science, Technology and Human Values. Her current research project is a study of learning and occupational culture among knowledge workers in software companies in Norway, Malaysia and the US (California). An important idea in this project is to study working conditions and career opportunities among men and women employees. The study pursues gender in relation to three main topics: 1) Occupational culture and its significance for career and personal growth, 2) learning opportunities and learning strategies, and 3) how the employees experience their home-work balance and the company's way of facilitating this. The analysis is inspired by science and technology studies, actor-network theory in particular, as well as gender studies.

Dr Lagesen was at the Clayman Institute from November 2006 to April 2007. She undertook research on gender issues in the computer science industry, and consulted on the Institute's study of women in technical roles in Silicon Valley.