Research Professor, Director of the Center for Research on Civil Society and Voluntary Sector
Bernard Enjolra's research is centered on civil society in a broad sense. This includes topics such as volunteering, voluntary organizations, governance, social capital and trust, as well as civic engagement as well as the digitization of the public sphere, social media and freedom of expression.
Bernard Enjolras is a Research Professor and Director of the Center for Research on Civil Society and Voluntary Sector. He has been coordinator of the EU-FP7 project Third Sector Impact, Editor-in-Chief of Voluntas, International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations (ISTR, Springer), Deputy Director at the Institute for Social Research (2014-2016), Research Director for the group Politics, Democracy, Civil Society at the Institute for Social research (2006-2014), and has been leading the Freedom of Speech Foundation project “Status of the freedom of speech in Norway” (2012-2014).
He has among other publications authored or edited Gouvernance et intérêt général dans les services sociaux et de santé , (Governance and general interest in social and health services), Bruxelles : Editions Peter Lang, (2008), Idrettsdemokrati , (Sport democracy in Norway), Oslo : Akilles, (2009), Civil Society in Comparative Perspective”, B. Enjolras & K. H. Sivesind (Eds.) Comparative Social Research, Volume 26. Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing Limited (2009), Frivillige organisasjoner og offentlig politikk, (Voluntary organization and public policies), B. Enjolras & R.H. Waldhal (Eds.). Oslo: Novus Forlag, (2009), Norsk Idrett. Organisering, felleskap og politikk. Andre utgave, (Norwegain sport. Organization, Community and Politics. Second Edition », B. Enjolras, Ø. Seippel, R. Holmen Waldahl. Oslo : Akilles, (2012), Governing Ambiguities. New Forms of Local Governance and Civil Society. Emanuela Bozzini & Bernard Enjolras (eds.). Baden-Baden: Nomos, (2012), Liker-Liker ikke: Samfunnsengasjement i en Facebook-tid (Like- don’t like: civic engagement in Facebook time). (Bernard Enjolras, Rune Karlsen, Kari Steen-Johnsen & Dag Wollebæk). Oslo: Cappelen Damm, (2013), Scandinavian Civil Society and Social Transformations: The Case of Norway (Bernard Enjolras & Kristin Strømsnes, eds., 2018), New York: Springer. The Third Sector: A Renewable Resource for Europe. Concepts, Impacts, Challenges and Opportunities. (Bernard Enjolras, Lester M. Salamon, Karl Henrik Sivesind, Annette Zimmer, Benedikt Pahl, Wojciech Sokolowski, 2018), Houndmills: Palgrave MacMillan, Fra kollektiv til konnektiv handling? Nye former for samfunnsengasjement og kollektiv handling. [From collective to connective action. New forms of civic engagement and collective action] Bernard Enjolras & Ivar Eimhjellen (red.), 2018), Oslo: Cappelen Damm Akademisk.
He received in 2010 the ”Academy of Management Public and Nonprofit (PNP) Division Best Article Award” for his article 'A Governance-Structure Approach to Voluntary Organizations' published in 2009 in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly.
Bernard Enjolras received a Master in Political Sciences from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Sciences-Po), Paris, France and a Master in Economics from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France. He received his PhD in Economics from Université de Paris I. Panthéon Sorbonne, Paris, France and his PhD in sociology from Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada. He has been a Senior Fellow in Policy Studies at The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA, and guest professor at Montpellier University, Aix-Marseille University, University Paris Pantheon-Sorbonne. He serves as Board Member of Peace Research Institute Oslo-PRIO.