Research on civil society and the voluntary sector has a longstanding tradition at the Institute for Social Research. Today, the research topic covers Norwegian as well as international conditions.
In recent years, media and the public sphere has emerged as a research topic at the Institute for Social Research. Constant changes in the media landscape raise new issues of public debate, political communication and citizen participation in democracy.
The Norwegian National Election Studies (NNES) started at the Institute for Social Research in the 1950s, where it is still housed. The institute has been a key contributor to research on elections and democracy for decades.
The main topics family, working life, politics and policy form the framework of the institute’s research on gender equality and gender relations.