Nanna Natalia Jørgensen


Fakultet for helse- og sosialvitenskap
Institutt for helse-, sosial- og velferdsfag
Campus Porsgrunn (N-211)


Key competence, specializations, research interests and affiliations

Doctor in Heath and Social Sciences, researcher, lecturer, writer, translator, supervisor

PhD in Health and Social Sciences (under supervisors: Prof. John Eade, Prof. Tor-Johan Ekeland and Assoc. Prof. Catherine Lorentzen)

PhD dissertation: The therapeutic mobilities of Pilgrimage Walking: A study of the health impacts of walking the Norwegian St. Olav Way

MPhil in Human Development (under supervisors: Prof. Richard Alapack and Prof. Em. Dankert Vedeler)

MPhil dissertation: El Camino Santiago: Walking oneself to wellbeing, reclaiming and reinforcing one’s spirit

Self-selected MPhil specialization: Developmental Art Therapy

Research interests Pilgrimage walking, green health, health promoting research, transculturalism, social behaviour and love

Affiliations Cultural Heritage (Vestfold Fylkeskommune, Tønsberg, Norway)

Health Promoting Research Group (University of South-East Norway, Campus Vestfold)

Religion Psychology Research Group (University of Oslo, Norway)

Interdisciplinary Research Group on Travel (Concordia University, Canada)

Western Norway Graduate School of Educational Research II (University of Bergen, Norway)



2015-2021: PhD in Health & Social Sciences, Volda University College, Norway

  • 2018: Advanced course in quantitative methods and mixed methods (Molde University College)
  • 2018: The Science and Practice of Person-Centred Research (University of South-East Norway)
  • 2017: Structural Conditions for Professional Practice (Volda University College, Norway)
  • 2017: Qualitative Research Methods (University of Bergen, Norway)
  • 2016: Ethics and the Philosophy of Science (Volda University College, Norway)

2005-2008: MPhil in Human Development, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway

  • 2007: Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods, Theory of Science and Ethics, Thesis and self-selected specialization
  • 2006: Social and cultural aspects of development: Lifespan Development; Development of the higher psychological functions and the Vygotsky tradition; Epigenetic approach to development; Socio-cultural human change processes                       
  • 2005: Biological and cognitive aspects of human development: Dynamic systems theory; Theories and Development of Perception, Action and Cognition; Connectionism; EEG and Balance control.

2001-2002: Art therapy and Psychology studies (Identity theory, Mental support for disabled children, Psychosomatic diagnosis, Space and human behaviour, Bilingualism, Lateralization (Polish state grant), University of Warsaw, Poland

2001-2001: Gender studies: State, Gender and Organization; Gender and Culture (Nordplus grant), University of Stockholm, Sweden

2000-2000: British Lexicology, Literature, Civilization, Society and Culture (Erasmus grant), University of Caen, France

1997-2000: Cand.mag./Bachelor of Psychology, Art history and World Literature, University of Oslo, Norway

1994-1997: IB (International Baccalaureate), Skagerak and Sandefjord Upper Secondary School, Sandefjord, Norway


Research stances

2015: Institute of Heritage Sciences) under Prof. Cristina Sánchez-Carretero, Santiago de Compostela, Spain

2015: Centre for Health Promotion Research) under Prof. Geir Arild Espnes, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway

2015: Institute for Health and Society) under Prof. Gunnar Tellnes, University of Oslo, Norway



2010-2010: Diplomatic Intern (Ministry of Foreign Affairs grant), Royal Norwegian Embassy, Vilnius, Lithuania

2003-2004: English and Norwegian culture teacher (Comenius grant), Pallavicino Didactic School, Palermo, Italy

2001-2002: Art activator (Voluntary), Starówka Child and Leisure Home, Warsaw, Poland

2001-2002: Art Therapy trainee (Polish state grant), Centre for Culture Animation, Warsaw, Poland


Work experience

2015-2021: PhD Fellow, Volda University College, Norway

2013-2015: Roma-Amor (Independent research project), Rome, Italy

2012-2013: PhD Fellow, Centre for Integrated Care and Telemedicine, Tromsø University Hospital, Norway

2011-2012: Freelance translator and proof-reader, K-Dictionaries, Tel Aviv, Israel

2009-2010: Health and work supervisor, Personnel House, Tønsberg, Norway

2009-2009: Health, work and rehabilitation consultant, Competence Development, Porsgrunn, Norway

2008-2008: Art and specialist education substitute teacher, Unneberg School, Sandefjord, Norway

2008-2008: Norwegian Level 1- 4 teacher, The Evening School, Sandefjord and Tønsberg, Norway

2008-2008: Subject teacher for Polish immigrant children, Byskogen, Kongseik and Træleborg, Tønsberg, Norway

2007-2007: Norwegian Level 2 teacher, The Evening School, Tønsberg, Norway

2007-2007: Italian Level 1 teacher, The Evening School, Sandefjord and Tønsberg, Norway

2006-2007: Student supervisor and professor assistant, Dep. of Psychology, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway

2006-2007: Italian course teacher for new beginners, AOF, Trondheim, Norway     

2006-2006: Norwegian, English and Social science teacher, Centre for Adult Learning, Trondheim, Norway

2005-2007: Italian course teacher for new beginners, The Evening School, Sandefjord and Tønsberg, Norway

2002-2005: Juridical interpreter, Oslo Police Department, Oslo, Norway

2002-2003: Freelance interpreter and translator, Norwegian Language Centre, Oslo, Norway

2001-2001: Old care assistant, Sandefjord Municipality, Norway

2000-2000: XX by Mexx Winter Collection Photographer, Creneau International, Brussels, Belgium

1999-1999: Survey interviewer, Norwegian Gallup Institute, Oslo, Norway

1994-1997: Office assistant, Solheim Driving School, Sandefjord, Norway



2019: Writing the PhD Synopsis (WNGER, UiB, Norway)

2018: PhD Literature Review (WNGER, UiB, Norway)

2018: Stress coping (Helseparken, Sandefjord, Norway)

2018: Conflict management (Forskerforbundet, Loseby, Norway)

2017: Memory techniques (Hjernekraft, Oslo, Norway)

2017: Rhetoric and presentation techniques (Forskerforbundet, Tromsø, Norway)

2016: First Aid (Volda University College, Norway)

2012: Conflict management (Oslo University Hospital, Norway)

2012: Patient participation, communication and interaction (Centre for Patient Participation & Interaction, Oslo, Norway)

2008: Spanish Level 1 and 2 (Larvik Folk University, Norway)

2006: Pedagogic theory and training in art and psychology (NTNU, Trondheim, Norway)

2005: Morten Krogvold Photography Course (Vågå Photo Academy, Vågå, Norway)     

2004: Italian Advanced Level (La Scuola di Gonzaga, Palermo, Italy)

2003: Media & Communication (University of Oslo, Norway)

2002: Basic interpreter techniques and ethics (Norwegian Language Centre AS, Oslo, Norway)

2001: Art therapy for chronically ill, Dance and movement therapy (Centre for Culture Animation, Warsaw, Poland)

1997: Study & Learning techniques (University of Oslo, Norway)



2005-2008: Italian Level 2 and French Level 2 (NTNU, Trondheim, Norway)

Norwegian and Polish (mother tongues), English (A-level), Italian (B-level), Spanish and French (C-level)


Personal interests

Art, psychology, research, literature, photography, film, cooking, dancing, sports, travelling, walking, Camino Santiago



12.2020: The Motivations of Pilgrimage Walking the St.Olav Way in Norway, The International Journal of Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage, 8 (8), p.110-126:

02.2020: The Processes, Effects and Therapeutics of Pilgrimage Walking the St. Olav Way, The International Journal of Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage, 8 (1), p.33-50:

07.2019: Pilegrimsvandring som friluftsterapi - en (ny) invitasjon til å satse på 'grønn resept' (first presented at the Friluftskonferansen - Forskning i Friluft 2018, Tønsberg), p.22-35:

05.2019: Når individet begrenses til og blir sin diagnose, In Specialpedagogisk månedsblad: Børns adferd og trivsel, 192 (15), p.7-13.

01.2019: Når individet begrenses til sin diagnose, In Barn, 37 (1), p.113-118:

10.2018: Diagnosesetting har ikke alltid helsegevinst for øye, In Utdanning, 11,

09.2018: Pilegrimsvandring som friluftsterapi, In Tellnes, G. (ed). Friluftsliv, kystkultur og vakre løsninger: Hvordan styrke de unges helse, miljø og livskvalitet. Asker: NaKuHel-forlaget, p.186-195.

12.2017: Pilgrimage Walking as Green Prescription Self-Therapy, In: McIntosh, I.S. and Harman, L.D. (eds). The Many Voices of Pilgrimage and Reconciliation. Wallingford, UK: CAB International, p.124-137.

12.2010: The Way of Camino Santiago: Walking oneself to wellbeing, reclaiming and reinforcing one’s spirit, Saarbrücken: Lambert Academic Publishing (184 p.).

05.2009: The Once and Future King – a question of ontogenesis and phylogenesis. Psykologisk Tidsskrift, 12 (2), p.32-38.

11.2008: Consciousness - The Development of the Higher Psychological Functions, Psykologisk Tidsskrift, 12 (3), p.43-48.

06.2008: Por (A)mor(as), Pilegrimen, 2 (12), p.35-38.

11.2007: Developmental decay: The burnout phenomenon, Psykologisk Tidsskrift, 11 (3), p.17-22.

05.2007: Transcultural identification processes: Long-distance nationalism and the search for home. Betwixt & Between – Sosialantropologistudentenes tidsskrift, 17, p.181-201.

03.2007: A hermeneutic on love and death: The importance of being touched, Psykologisk Tidsskrift, 11 (1), p.18-27.

06.2006: Essays on Human Development, Trondheim: NTNU Trykk (341 p.)


Conferences and presentations

2021: Har pilgrimsvandring terapeutisk virkning? (og hvordan?), Kystpilegrimskonferansen, Smøla, Norway

2019: Pilegrimsvandringens helsefordeler – En reise gjennom prosessene og post-effektene av å gå den norske pilegrimsveien, St. Olavsleden, Tønsberg Library, Vestfold Fylkeskommune, Norway

2019: Health Impacts of Long-term Long-distance Pilgrimage Walking – A Journey Through the Processes and Post-effects of Walking the St. Olav Pilgrimage in Norway, Sacred Journeys 6 Conference, Maynooth, Irland

2019: The Health-Promoting Quality of Pilgrimage Walking – A journey through the motives, processes and effects of walking the St. Olav’s Way in Norway, Nordic Health Promotion Research Conference, Roskilde, Danmark

2019: The changing character of pilgrimages: Motivational trends along the St. Olav’s Way in Norway, 14th SIEF Congress, Spain

2019: Vandringsterapi, DNT Vestfold, Sandefjord, Norway

2018: Pilegrimsvandring som friluftsterapi - en (ny) invitasjon til å satse på 'grønn resept', Forskning i Friluft, Tønsberg, Norway

2015: Kan (pilegrims)vandring forebygge sykefravær blant personer med psykiske lidelser?, Social Welfare Research Seminar, Asker, Norway

2015: Helsefremming gjennom pilegrimsvandring i en natur og sosial kontekst, Public Health Conference, Oslo, Norway

2015: Gåterapi - eller (pilegrims)vandring på grønn resept, World Mental Health, Sandefjord, Norway

2015: Camino Pilgrimage as Self-therapy, Sacred Journeys 2, Oxford, England

2015: Walking Pilgrimage as Therapy, Selje pilgrim association, Norway