Kari Steen-Johnsen’s research centers on changes in civil society in the broad sense. Her research interests include political mobilization and participation and public debate and the freedom of speech, with an emphasis on the consequences of digitalization and the emergence of social media. She has also done research on changes in local communities, and how voluntary organizations develop in relation to societal change.
Steen-Johnsen has been linked to the Centre for Research on Civil Society and the Voluntary Sector since 2009, with projects on voluntary organizations and digitalization and the role of civil society in integration processes at the local level.
At the moment, Steen-Johnsen leads a comparative project that examines the societal consequences of terrorism in Norway, France, Spain, the US and Finland (Disruption, Social Capital and Resilience). She completed her master’s degree in sociology at the University of Oslo, and her PhD at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences.