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Brita Bjørkelo


Brita Bjørkelo

Brita's research covers WOP, whistleblowing, leadership, psychosocial work environment, diversity, professional development, knowledge production and ethics.

Brita leads the RCN financed project “A matter of facts” (2020-2025).

She also leads the research projects "Diversity in Education and Organisation", "Ethics, Social Media and Teacher Education", the “Police Study” with Bjørn Lau (UiO), and the “Working Conditions in the Control Room” project.

Brita previously led the “Organisation and Leadership" research group at the Norwegian Police University College, and the FIX-project (RCN financed), and a previous editor, and now member of the Editorial board, of the Nordic Journal of Studies in Policing. 



  • 2019 Research leadership program. Consolidating (operative) level. University of Oslo (UiO)
  • 2011 Developmental program in university pedagogy, University of Bergen (UiB), Norway
  • 2010 PhD, Faculty of Psychology, UiB, Norway 
  • 2005 Cand.psychol, Clinical psychologist. Faculty of Psychology, UiB, Norway
  • 2001 Cand.mag: Interdisciplinary first cycle. UiO/UiB, Norway

2021- Professor (organizational psychology). Department of psychology, Oslo Nye University College, Norway 
2018- Professor (police science). Research department, Norwegian Police University College 
(NPUC), Norway 
2017-2018 Professor (organizational psychology). Department for Graduate Education (DGE),
NPUC, Norway 
2011-2017 Associate professor (leadership, work and organizational psychology). DGE, NPUC, Norway
2010-2011 Associate professor (education). Faculty of Psychology, Department of 
Education, University of Bergen, Norway

At Oslo New University College, I am affiliated with the bachelor program in organizational psychology.
Otherwise, I supervise several PhD candidates and act as mentor (for Associate professor in qualification process to full professor). Over years I have taught, examined and/or supervised at all academic levels.


  • WOP
  • Whistleblowing
  • Leadership
  • Diversity
  • Professional development
  • Knowledge production

Utvalgte publikasjoner

  • Bjørkelo, B., Matthiesen, S. B., & Einarsen, S. (2010). Predicting proactive behaviour at work. Exploring the role of personality as an antecedent of whistleblowing behaviour. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 83, 371-394. doi: https://doi.org/10.1348/096317910X486385
  • Bjørkelo, B. (2013). Workplace bullying after whistleblowing: Future research and implications. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 28(3), 306-323. doi: https://doi.org/10.1108/02683941311321178 
  • Bjørkelo, B., Einarsen, S., Nielsen, M. B., & Matthiesen, S. B. (2011). Silence is golden? Characteristics and experiences of self-reported whistleblowers. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 20(2), 206-238. doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/13594320903338884
  • Nielsen, M. B., Bjørkelo, B., Notelaers, G., & Einarsen, S. (2010). Sexual harassment: Prevalence, outcomes and gender differences assessed by three different estimation methods. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma, 19(3), 252 — 274. doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/10926771003705056
  • Vanebo, J. O., Bjørkelo, B., & Aaserud, T. (2015). Police leadership development: Intentions and critical success-factors. International Public Administration Review, 13(3-4), 11-26. doi: https://doi.org/10.17573/ipar.2015.3-4.01
  • Helleve, I., Almås, A. G., & Bjørkelo, B. (2019). Becoming a professional digital competent teacher. Professional Development in Education, 46(2), 324-336. doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/19415257.2019.1585381 
  • Hoel, L., & Bjørkelo, B. (2017). ‘Is that good enough policing?’: An investigation into learning from the experience of grey-area cases. Nordic Journal of Studies in Policing, 4(2), 187-210. Tranlsated version. doi: http://hdl.handle.net/11250/2464440
  • Bjørkelo, B., Bye, H. H., Leirvik, M. S., Egge, M., & Ganapathy, J. (2020). Diversity in education and organisation: From political aims to practice in the Norwegian Police Service. Police Quarterly. doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/1098611120976024
  • Bjørkelo, B., Almås, A. G., & Helleve, I. (2021). Perceived adequate education in ethics: A way to tap into ethical Social Networking Sites awareness? Seminar.net, 17(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.7577/seminar.3828 
  • Bjørkelo, B., Thorsen, C., D'Cruz, P., & Mikkelsen, E. G. (2021). Whistleblowing and bullying at work: The role of leaders. In P. D’Cruz, E. Noronha, L. Keashly, & S. Tye-Williams (Eds.), Special topics and particular occupations, professions and sectors. Handbooks of Workplace Bullying, Emotional Abuse and Harassment (Vol. 4). Singapore: Springer. doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-5308-5  



•    Forbes: What Science Tells Us About The Psychology Of Whistleblowers (forbes.com)
•    Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project: The Price of Blowing the Whistle (occrp.org)
•    Neue Züricher Zeitung: Was treibt den Whistleblower eigentlich an? | NZZ
•    La revue Suisse de la recherche: Hémisphères N° 6 - Transgresser - dossier by HES-SO Haute école spécialisée de Suisse occidentale - issuu
•    Psykolog Nyt: 18103.pdf (elbo.dk)

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