Birgitte Ellefsen


Experience and background

I am a historian that completed my doctorate at the University of Bergen in 2018. I am currently working on four reserach projects in the area of police history. I am chair of the research group Policereform, participant in the research group Police, Law and Society, and I am cooperating with historians and police researchers at other universities in Norway and abroad. I do my best to contribute to an enlightened and knowledgebased public debate.

Competence areas

  • Police history
  • Police reforms
  • Political history
  • The history of professions


  • The History of the Norwegian Police Education (1920-2020)
  • Norwegian Police History (1686-2020)
  • The Policing of the Streets in Norway ca. 1850-1890 (part of the project Street Politics in the Nordic Countries ca. 1870-1940)
  • Police doctors in history (together with Svein Atle Skålevåg, University of Bergen)

Teaches in

  • Police history
  • The Politics of the Police
  • Police Science

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