Since the 1980s each of Norway’s five universities has had a centre for gender studies. The vast majority of gender research is still carried out at mainstream, traditional departments - in sociology, history, law, medicine, theology, and technology. Gender research has also traditionally been strong at autonomous research institutes in Norway.
The gender research field in Norway has adopted a double strategy - integration into mainstream institutions and organisations, yet also the building up of institutions and organisations of its own.
At national level there are several organisations, networks and institutions within gender research that either promote or work for the research community, or conduct research themselves.
- KILDEN Norwegian Information and Documentation Centre for Women’s Studies and Gender Research
- FOKK - a NGO for gender research. Membership is open to anyone who is interested
- The National Council for Women’s Studies and Gender Research, established by the Norwegian Association of Higher Education Institutions, and
- various networks and programmes focused on diverse research topics
KILDEN is the information centre for gender research in Norway. KILDEN is responsible at the national level for promoting and informing about Norwegian gender research both within Norway and abroad. KILDEN also documents resources and activities within gender research in Norway.
On the Nordic level gender research in Norway is also presented through NIKK, the Nordic institute for women’s studies and gender research. Norwegian gender researchers and their organisations from Norway are part of many Nordic and international organisations, networks, projects, PhD programmes etc. Among these are the Nordic Association for Women's Studies and Gender Research and the European networks and organisations ATHENA, WISE, and WINE.