Torgeir Uberg Nærland attained his PhD from the University of Bergen, in media studies. His research span from journalism to data visualization to various forms of expressive culture, including music, TVseries and documentary film. In his research, he focuses on both textual and institutional aspects of the media, questions of media- and cultural policy as well as the sociology of media consumption. Much of his research has focused on the significance of media and expressive culture for democracy, including for populism, and also civic dimensions of people’s use of media and culture. Theoretically, he is interested in questions from political and social theory, as well as from cultural sociology. Nærland has in his research also explored the intersections between the media and public services / the welfare state.