Dorina Damsa

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Phone +47 22850134
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Visiting address Kristian Augusts gate 17 Domus Juridica 8.etg 0164 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 6706 St. Olavs plass 0130 Oslo
Other affiliations Faculty of Law (Student)

Academic interests

Dorina is interested in punishment in the Nordic welfare state, particularly in relation to mobility. She focuses on lawscapes, confinement, and penal subjectivities.


Dorina holds an M.Phil. in the Theory and Practice of Human Rights from the Faculty of Law at the University of Oslo. She also holds an M.Litt. in International Security Studies from the School of International Relations from the University of St Andrews. She previously worked as a researcher in the EEA project 'An Ethnography of Prisoners' Transitions' and the NHRI report on the 'Criminalisation of Homelessness in Oslo'.

Project description

Dorina's doctoral research explores the subjectivities of noncitizen women within the complex landscape of care and control that makes up the Nordic welfare state.


Dorina teaches seminars in KRIM1300.

Research grants

Dorina has received a research grant from the Scandinavian Research Council for Criminology (NSfK) to explore foreign nationals’ subjectivities of punishment in Scandinavian prisons. She has also received a Re:NEW mobility grant for an academic visitorship at the University of Oxford.

Tags: Confinement, Punishment, Migration, Marginalization, Scandinavia


  • Damsa, Dorina (2021). ‘This is not what I signed up for’ – Danish prison officers’ attitudes towards more punitive penal policies. Punishment & Society. ISSN 1462-4745. p. 1–19. doi: 10.1177/14624745211068870.
  • Damsa, Dorina (2019). Between Belonging and Exclusion: Migrants’ Resilience in a Norwegian Welfare Prison. In Wyller, Trygve & Bendixsen, Synnøve Kristine Nepstad (Ed.), Contested Hospitalities in a Time of Migration. Religion and Secular Counterspaces in the Nordic Region. Routledge. ISSN 978-0367222109. p. 162–175.
  • Damsa, Dorina & Ugelvik, Thomas (2018). One of us or one of them? Researcher positionality, language, and belonging in an all-foreign prison. In Jahnsen, Synnøve Økland; Powel, Rebecca & Fili, Andriani (Ed.), Criminal justice research in an era of mass mobility. Routledge. ISSN 978-1138284128.
  • Ugelvik, Thomas & Damsa, Dorina (2018). The pains of crimmigration imprisonment: Perspectives from a Norwegian all-foreign prison. British Journal of Criminology. ISSN 0007-0955. 58(5), p. 1025–1043. doi: 10.1093/bjc/azx067. Full text in Research Archive
  • Damsa, Dorina & Ugelvik, Thomas (2017). A difference that makes a difference? Reflexivity and researcher effects in an all-foreign prison. International Journal of Qualitative Methods (IJQM). ISSN 1609-4069. 16(1), p. 1–10. doi: 10.1177/1609406917713132. Full text in Research Archive

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  • Damsa, Dorina & Ugelvik, Thomas (2017). A Difference that Makes a Difference – Researcher Effects in an All-Foreign Prison. Europris newsletter.
  • Ugelvik, Thomas & Damsa, Dorina (2017). Pains of imprisonment revisited: Perspectives from a Norwegian crimmigration prison.
  • Ugelvik, Thomas & Damsa, Dorina (2017). A difference that makes a difference? Reflexivity and researcher effects in an all-foreign prison.

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Published June 7, 2017 11:08 AM - Last modified Dec. 23, 2021 4:59 PM