Historical and comparative studies are central in welfare state research at the Institute for Social Research.
Norwegian society is characterised, among other things, by a comprehensive welfare state. How welfare policy is developing and changing, and the impact of this, are important research topics at the ISF. Historical and comparative studies are key to our welfare research: studies of how individual schemes have changed over time and also studies comparing Norwegian systems to similar schemes in other countries.
Welfare researchers at the ISF also study popular support for welfare systems and how this can change in light of, for example, high levels of immigration or increasing unemployment. A third umbrella topic is how welfare systems work: do they protect against poverty, and do they keep many people in work?
The ISF receives funding as a core environment for welfare research from the Research Council of Norway. As part of this programme, research will be conducted on, among other things, opinion formation, sickness absence, and migration.
- 1+1 project
- Developments in atypical work
- Evaluation of Norwegian Advisory team against trafficking of children
- Inclusion of Children and Youth in Organized Leisure in Local Communities in Norway (ICYVOL)
- NORPOL – is Norwegian society being polarized?
- Populism, Inequality and Institutions
- Shades of Grey: Negotiating Age Norms, Class and Gender in the time of Pension Reform
- The relationship between ethnic diversity and profitability in Norwegian organisations