The Institute for Social Research is an independent research institute in Oslo. The institute produces academic knowledge in areas important to the development of society.
The Institute for Social Research is organised as a foundation and has, since its establishment in 1950, played a vital role in the development of Norwegian social research.
The institute has almost 60 permanent employees and its goal is to be a leading research community in the areas of society, politics and working life.
The Institute for Social Research seeks to create a broad research environment without sharp distinctions between basic and applied research. The research shall be independent, innovative, socially relevant and of a high academic standard. We place emphasis on our research being published in peer-reviewed publications and forums.
At the Institute for Social Research, we are proud that our research makes a difference, and that our results are emphasised in policy formulation and public debate. We work actively to disseminate our findings and analyses to decision-makers and the general public through seminars, op-ed articles and publications in the form of reports, journals and books.