Mariann Villa joined the Centre for Rural Research in 1990. The topics of rural images and im-migration to rural areas have constituted a long-standing focus of her research, and the main findings from this work are published in her doctoral thesis (2005). Today her main research area – in addition to rural images – is rural cultural life.
Maja Farstad holds a cand.polit. degree in sociology from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). She is currently working on a doctoral dissertation on the second home phenomenon, where her focus is on the relationship between urban second home owners and the local population in rural areas. She has previously conducted research on farmers’ professional pride, gender issues within agriculture, and green care. Furthermore, she has gained knowledge about the experience economy as a research field through her review of previous research within this field. Maja is especially interested in research on various micro-sociological issues.
Liv Bjørnaas is a part of the administrative staff. Her main areas of responsibility are personnel administration and accounting.
Odd Roger Langørgen is an IT and information consultant at the CRR. His main responsibilities are the web, social media, support, procurement and management. Langørgen has a bachelor’s degree in IT-supported business development (computer science) at Høgskolen i Sør-Trøndelag, with an emphasis on IT and finance.