Lena Lybæk

Associate Professor
Faculty of Humanities, Sports and Educational Science
Department of Culture, Religion and Social Studies
Campus Drammen (5311)
My particular research interests are human rights, cultural and religious diversity and human values. Related areas are human dignity/human rights, moral foundations of human rights, universal and particular values and rights, religious perspectives on human rights, and the rights of persons with disabilities. I am interested in how human beings create meaningful existences, and how these are expressed in narratives, actions and practices. theoretically and methodologically I draw on post-structural, interpretive and hermeneutical traditions.


  • Teaching cultural theory; cultural and religious rights; critical, cultural and religious perspectives on human rights; participation and inclusion; human rights education in MSc Human rights and multiculturalism
  • Supervision of PhD projects
  • Supervision of Master theses related to my competencecs and fields of interest



  • Human rights of persons with disabilities
  • Human rights and religions
  • Human rights and multiculturalism
  • Freedom of religion
  • Right to education and Human rights education
  • Women's rights
  • Human rights and feminism


  • KRLE
  • The religious freedom of children
  • Teaching religion in public schools
  • Religious and cultural diversity in education
  • Human rights education
  • Ethics and professional ethics
  • Augusto Boal and participatory theatre in educational settings


  • Biblical studies
  • The New Testament
  • The reformation in England and Europe
  • Ecumenism
  • Freedom of religion
  • Religion and diaspora
  • Religion and migration
  • Religion and human rights
  • Women


  • Human rights education
  • Multicultural education
  • Intercultural education
  • Right to inclusive education
  • Right to education
  • Internationalisation in education
  • Inclusion and participation


  • Multicultural education
  • Multiculturalism and interculturalism
  • Backlash on multiculturalism
  • Women and multiculturalism
  • Religion and multiculturalism


Doctor of Philosophy (University of Durham, UK)

Current projects

  • Dignity and persons with cognitive disabilities
  • Participation and inclusion

Previous projects: 

  • Shaping culture: the effect of international human rights agencies on local cultures.
  • Human rights and reconciliation in a post-conflict, multicultural society (With University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka).
  • Individual researcher project: "Preserving and developing Yarsan culture and identity in the Scandinavian Diaspora."
  • Coordinator and supervisor of development projects connected to education for newly arrived youth in 11 schools in Buskerud municipality, in coopertion with National Center for Multicultural education.
  • "Cultural and religious complexity, human rights, and teaching in multicultural contexts”, in cooperation with the National institute of Education in Sri Lanka;
  • "Inclusive education, intercultural competence, and democratic citizenship in teacher education. A joint action project between the University of Duhok and Buskerud University College, Norway.";
  • ITEPS - International Teacher Education for Primary schools; Development of partnership research projects with local schools.

Publications in Cristin