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Roald Undlien

Roald Undlien

PhD at INSEPP – The Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer as a catalyst for social entrepreneurship and social innovation

Who are you?

Roald Undlien, 37, from Melhus, Norway. My master’s degree is in Sports and Science from NTNU, and my area of expertise is sport, physical activity and people with intellectual disabilities.

What are you researching?

I’m a PhD candidate at the Innovation in Services in the Public and Private Sectors (INSEPP) programme, and my thesis is about how the Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer worked as a catalyst for social entrepreneurship and social innovation. More specifically, I write about how social entrepreneurs can work towards social value for marginalized groups, through volunteering at a major sporting event. Among these, a group of people with Intellectual disabilities, who volunteered during the YOG, were studied prior to, during, and after the event.

What's in it for society?

Through my research, we might be able to see people with intellectual disabilities as a resource, and to perceive this group of people as persons who can aid and contribute to society. We also learn more about volunteering by people who normally do not volunteer, and potential benefits for these groups in doing so. 

What's next after your PhD?

After my PhD, I will start a full time job at the Learning Disabilities study programme, here at Lillehammer – teaching and researching. I hope to do more research on all aspects of physical activity and sports for people with intellectual disabilities. 

When not researching

When I`m not working, I`m together with my two boys (ages 3 and 6), play pen-and-paper role-playing games, work out, or fish (summer as well as winter).