Øyvind Bugge Solheim


C-REX - Center for Research on Extremism


Øyvind Bugge Solheim is a post-doc at C-REX - Center for Research on Extremism at the University of Oslo. He studies Scandinavian right-wing extremism on social media as part of the FREXO-project. Central questions concern the social networks of the Scandinavian right-wing extremists, their ideology and their ability to mobilize followers and supporters. In his PhD he studied how terrorist attacks affect attitudes towards immigration and immigrants. He has also worked for the secretary to valglovutvalget, the Norwegian Election Act Commission, which presented its report (NOU:2020: 6 Frie og hemmelige valg — Ny valglov) on May 27, 2020.


  • Right-wing extremism
  • Social media
  • Consequences of terrorist attacks
  • Immigration attitudes


  • PhD in Political Science, 2019

    University of Oslo

  • MA in Political Science, 2013

    University of Oslo

  • BA in History, 2011

    University of Oslo

  • BA in International Studies, 2009

    University of Oslo

Recent Posts

Betydningen av mandatfordelingsmetoden

Om dette innlegget Valglovutvalget har nå kommet med sin utredning og foreslår i den en rekke endringer i valgloven. Som tidligere …

Simuleringer av valgordningen

Om dette innlegget Valglovutvalget har nå kommet med sin utredning og foreslår i den en rekke endringer i valgloven. Som tidligere …





Apr 2020 – Present Oslo

Adviser in the secretariat of the Norwegian Government Commission on Electoral Law

Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation

Nov 2018 – Mar 2020 Oslo, Norway

PhD Candidate

Institute for Social Research

May 2015 – Jun 2019 Oslo, Norway



FREXO: Far right politics online and societal resilience

The primary aim of the FREXO project is to assess how online media affect both the mobilizing capacity and the broader societal and …

Disruption, Social Capital and Resilience

A Longitudinal and Comparative Approach

Recent Publications

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Right-wing Terrorism and Out-group Trust: The Anatomy of a Terrorist Backlash

Terrorist attacks often lead to public backlashes. Following the attacks on July 22, 2011 in Norway, Norwegians showed support for …

Does Trust Prevent Fear in the Aftermath of Terrorist Attacks?

This article examines the potentially buffering effect of generalized social trust on fear in the aftermath of terrorist attacks and in …

Terrorism and Attitudes Toward Out-groups: A Political Perspective

How does terrorism affect attitudes towards out-groups? While research has found negative effects, these effects may be dependent on …


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