Research on civil society and the voluntary sector is a long-standing tradition at the Institute for Social Research. Today, this research topic covers Norwegian as well as international conditions.
Research on civil society is a long-standing tradition at the institute, and, during the past years, it has been further developed and expanded into new research topics. Examples include the role of non-profit organisations as welfare providers and the importance of civil society for societal resilience – the community's ability to handle and process disruptive events.
A lot of the research on Norwegian conditions takes place at the Centre for Research on Civil Society and Voluntary Sector, such as studies of long-term trends in participation, organisation, politics and policy.
In addition, civil society research at the institute has a strong international and comparative dimension, including the EU-funded Third Sector Impact project.
- Civic participation and public health
- Conditions and impacts of welfare mix. Comparative analysis of policy making,public discourse and service quality
- Disruption, Social Capital and Resilience
- Funding and framework conditions
- Health communication regimes (HeCoRe)
- Interaction between civil society and other social actors (governance)
- New forms of collective action
- Partnership for social innovation: New collaboration platforms between voluntary, public, and private sector
- The Contribution of the Third Sector to Europe’s Socio-economic Development
- The state of freedom of speech in Norway 2015-2017
- Volunteering and motivation in Norway and Scandinavia