Ottar Brox (born 30 August 1932 in Torsken) is a Norwegian authority in social science and a politician for the Socialist Left Party. He was professor of sociology at the University of Tromsø from 1972 to 1984, and later associate professor while working as head of research at the Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research.
Brox was a member of parliament for Troms in the period 1973–1977. He was not re-elected in 1977. On the local level he has been a member of Bergen city council 1971–1972 and Oslo city council 1991–1995.
Brox has written a wide range of popularized science literature and participated actively in the public debate. Brox' most influential book is Hva skjer i Nord-Norge? (Template:Lang-no), published in 1966. This book became a source of inspiration to Northern Norwegian regionalism and caused an upgrading of the economic impact of small vessels in fisheries. The theme of this book was carried on in Nord-Norge: Fra allmenning til koloni.
- Honorary doctorate at:
- Fritt Ord honorary prize in 2002