Aleksandra Bartoszko is a social anthropologist and associate professor at VID Specialized University in Oslo. Her areas of work include drug use, addiction, legality, disability, risk, social work, and social policy. She conducted ethnographic fieldworks in Nicaragua and Norway.



2018 PhD degree in Social Work and Social Policy, OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University
2008 Master degree in Social Anthropology, University of Oslo
2006 Bachelor degree in Social Anthropology, University of Oslo

Work experience:

2013-2017 PhD fellow, Oslo Metropolitan University

2011-2013 Advisor/project leader, Equality and Diversity Unit, Oslo University Hospital

2010-2011 Project assistant, Equality and Diversity Unit, Oslo University Hospital, project Styrking av likeverdig og integrerende helsetjeneste for minoritetsbefolkning i hovedstadsområdet (Minority health in Oslo area)

2011 Lecturer, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo

2010-2011 Assistant professor, Department of Health Science & Centre for the Study of Professions, Oslo University College of Applied Sciences

2006, 2010 Research assistant and field coordinator, FAFO, projects Statistics, methods and labour migration & Working and life conditions amongst Polish migrants in Oslo area

2009-2010 Course coordinator (methods and philosophy of science), Joint for Oslo University College of Applied Sciences & Norwegian University of Life Sciences

2008-2010 Research assistant, Department of Health Science, Oslo University College of Applied Sciences, project Rehabilitering som konflikt (Rehabilitation as Conflict)

2008-2009. Research assistant, ILOS, University of Oslo, project Red Letter Days: Calendaric Public Rituals and the Articulation of Identities: Central Europe and the Balkans 1985-2005

2007 Interviewer, Fieldwork International, project Arbeidsinnvandring fra Øst-Europa (Work migration from Eastern Europe)

Completed projects

2018-2020 Shadow Committee. Ethnographical Investigation of Drug Users’ Involvement in Norwegian Drug Policy Reform

2013-2017 When Patienthood Matters. Lived Experiences and Social Consequences of Substance Treatment Reform in Norway, PhD project, funded by OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University

2015-2016 Viruset. Hepatitt C og skadereduksjon blant injiserende stoffbrukere (Hepatitis C and injecting drug use), funded by Oslo Metropolitan University and Norwegian Association for Human Drug Policies (project leader)

2012-2017 Disease prestige and informal priority settings, funded by the Research Council of Norway, University of Oslo and OsloMet

2011-2012 Styrking av likeverdig og integrerende helsetjeneste for minoritetsbefolkning i hovedstadsområdet – Helseinformasjon og helsedialog på radio (Multilingual health information on radio), funded by Helsedialog, Norwegian Directorate of Health (project leader)

2010 Studenters erfaring av HiOs studiemiljø – med vekt på flerkulturalitet og internasjonalisering (Cultural diversity and internationalization at HIO), (HiO), funded by Interkult (HiO)

2009-2010 Kropp, rom og relasjon – en studie av bruk av offentlige rom i studiehverdag (Body, space and relation – use of public space at the university), funded by Norwegian Agency for Public Management and eGovernment Difi

2006-2008 Helse, utdanning og barrierer for folkelig deltakelse i Nicaragua
(Health, education and barriers for participation in Nicaragua), MA project, Department of Social Anthropology UiO

Editorial work and professional membership and service

Deputy editor: Journal of Extreme Anthropology

2021 External expert: COST Open Call 2020, COST European Cooperation in Science & Technology

2020 External expert: National Science Centre, Poland, 2020, Funding scheme PRELUDIUM-18, Panel: HS3 (The study of the human past)

2019 External expert: COST Open Call 2019, COST European Cooperation in Science & Technology

2019-2020 Faculty representative, VID campus development, working group for teaching facilities, VID Specialized University

2018 Selection committee of the Graduate Student Paper Prize, Interest Group: The Alcohol, Drugs, and Tobacco Study Group, Society for Medical Anthropology, AAA, 2018

Article reviewer: Cargo – Journal for Cultural and Social Anthropology; The Social History of Alcohol and Drugs; Journal of Extreme Anthropology; Qualitative Social Work; Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research; Norsk Epidemiologi (Norwegian Journal of Epidemiology)

Membership: Norwegian Anthropologican Association, European Association of Social Anthropologists, American Anthropological Association (Society for Medical Anthropology), Algorithmic Governance Research Network, Extreme Anthropology Research Network