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The Nordic Research Network on Transitions, Career and Guidance (NoRnet) is a network of active researchers in the Nordic region. The network’s core objectives are to 1) strengthen research collaboration among research environments in the Nordic countries; 2) support international collaboration on topics important to the Nordic countries through a biennial international conference and network seminars; and 3) disseminate research results, inspire international research development and increase international awareness of Nordic research on transitions, career and guidance.

The steering committee

Where possible, the steering comittee comprises two representatives from each of the Nordic countries if possible. Participation is self-financed.

Convenor: Per-Åke Rosvall (SWE) 

  • Hassan Sharif (SWE)
  • Mahtab Beigi (SWE)
  • Kristina Mariager-Anderson (DK)
  • Randi Boelskifte Skovhus (DK)
  • Tero Järvinen (FI)
  • Anna-Maija Niemi (FI)
  • Sif Einarsdottir (IS)
  • Stefan Lund (SWE)
  • Oda Notevarp Paulsen (NO) 

The steering committee is tasked with the following responsibilities:

  • Compile information from national research networks
  • Disseminate information to network members, including national research networks
  • Explore funding opportunities related to network activities
  • Encourage research collaboration, joint articles, anthologies, special issues, joint funding applications
  • Provide doctoral students and junior researchers with access to an international network of leading researchers
  • Inform and inspire Nordic policymaking processes concerning transitions, career and guidance based on research findings within the network
  • Encourage participation in ECADOC and the organisation of Nordic doctoral courses in the field of transitions, career and guidance
  • Encourage comparative studies
  • Encourage PhD projects

How do I join the network?

The network is open to active researchers in the field of educational and labour market transitions, careers and career guidance. 

If you want to join the Nordic Research Network on Transitions, Career and Guidance, please contact:

Mahtab Beigi, PhD-student

Department of Applied Educational Science, Umeå University

E: mahtab.beigi@umu.se

for more information. You will need to submit your institutional affiliation, a list of key publications and a link to a homepage outlining your research interests. Participation is self-financed.


The Nordic Research Network on Transitions, Career and Guidance (NoRNet) organises a biennial international research conference on a topic that is central to research in the Nordic region. Papers are invited from the international research community and subject to a double-blind peer review process. This conference is open to researchers from all over the world. Besides paper presentations, the conference offers the opportunity to receive feedback on new ideas for research and research in progress.

The network meets annually, either in conjunction with the biennial international research conference organised by NoRNet and open to all scholars or, in alternate years, for a research seminar for the members of NoRNet.

Previous activities, conferences and events

4th Nordic Conference on Research on Transitions, Career and Guidance (NorNet)
4–5 October 2023

NoRNet Conference 2021: Career in the post-welfare society: Precariousness, work migration and transitions
6.-7. October 2021

International conference in at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences

NorNet Seminar
November 2020

Critical perspectives on agency and social justice in transitions and career development
International conference, 23 - 24 October 2019, DPU, Aarhus University

Transitions, career learning and career management skills. Multi-disciplinary and critical perspectives
International conference, 19 - 20 October 19-20, 2017, Stockholm University


There is a journal associated with the network, The Nordic Journal of Transitions, Careers and Guidance. The journal publishes articles on the individual´s relation to education and work, focusing broadly on career transitions and guidance in institutional, social and policy context. Please visit the journals webpage for reading articles and submissions.

Upcoming Events

5th International Conference on Research on Transitions, Career and Guidance (NoRNet), 2-3 October 2025, Iceland.


Per-Åke Rosvall 

Professor, Departement of Applied Educational Science, Umeå University 

E: per-ake.rosvall@umu.se 
T: +46 (0)90 786 56 00