Maja Viktoria Spigseth Vestad

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Visiting address Karl Johans gate 47 Domus Bibliotheca 0162 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 6706 St. Olavs plass 0130 Oslo


Vestad is part of LAW22JULY: RIPPLES and has previously been a research assistant at the Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law.

Academic interests

Vestad is interested in how various forms of conflict is understood and expressed, and how participants in conflict experience agency.

Her Master’s thesis The Anatomy of a Conflict: The Cabin Ban from a Perspective of Rural Criminology examined reactions to the national cabin ban of 2020 (an early pandemic control measure) in four Norwegian “cabin municipalities”. A main finding was that latent tensions and historical relative deprivation between cabin owners and local residents allowed for the ban to create a conflict which escalated to varying degrees the four municipalities. The cabin ban created a situation where the power of decision-making and the right to belong became increasingly important in a context of fear of disease and financial loss, which led to suspicion, stalking, violent and non-violent threats, exclusion of cabin owners through road blocks, and the involvement of police and army. By combining criminological, anthropological, sociological and legal perspectives, the thesis also questioned to which extent established social science theory is apt to investigate rural contexts.


2021: MA Criminology, Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law, UiO [Thesis: The Anatomy of a Conflict: The Cabin Ban from a Perspective of Rural Criminology]

2016: ABA Crime, Justice and Legal Studies, La Trobe University

2016: ABA Anthropology, La Trobe University


Vestad teaches KRIM1100 and JUS4122.


  • Vestad, Maja Viktoria Spigseth (2021). Mistenksomhetens spiral : Autoktoni og eskalasjonsmomenter i den norske hytteforbudkonflikten. Nordisk Tidsskrift for Kriminalvidenskab. ISSN 0029-1528. 108(3), p. 468–482. Full text in Research Archive

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