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Civil Society

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.

Norway has a rich and vibrant civil society that is of huge social and economic value. The majority of the adult population engages in voluntary work each year. In recent years, the ISF’s long-term research in this field has been further developed and extended to include new topics, such as the role of non-profit organisations as welfare providers and the importance of civil society for community resilience.

Much of the research on Norwegian conditions has been added to the Centre for Research on Civil Society and Voluntary Sector, a centre operated in co-operation by the ISF and the NORCE Norwegian Research Centre. The Centre for Research on Civil Society and Voluntary Sector studies long-term trends in participation, organisation, and policy.

Civil society research has a strong international and comparative dimension, expressed through participation in a EU-COST-Action on social entrepreneurship (Empower-SE) in the Nordic network for co-creation (NOS-HS) and in the completed EU-FP7 project Third Sector Impact (2013–2017).



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Audun Fladmoe PhD Senior Research Fellow +47 924 82 023 Send e-mail
Bernard Enjolras PhD Research Professor, Director Center for research on civil society and voluntary sector +47 976 89 237 Send e-mail
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Daniel Arnesen PhD Senior Research Fellow +47 415 57 586 Send e-mail
Håkon Solbu Trætteberg PhD Senior Research Fellow +47 920 54 308 Send e-mail
Johannes Due Enstad PhD Senior Research Fellow +47 971 37 554 Send e-mail
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Published June 9, 2017 12:41 PM - Last modified Sep. 23, 2019 3:32 PM