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About NIBR

Cape Town. Photo: Joshua Earle, Unsplash

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The Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research's core competencies are linked to three fields of knowledge:

Place denotes primarily geographical areas, such as cities and municipalities, but also identity and belonging. This geographical dimension has both economic, cultural and political implications and is thus included as an important perspective in our social analyzes. Governance is knowledge of political processes, instruments, management and values.

Our analyzes include the implementation and implications of public policy, planning, organization, coordination and governance, as well as democracy and participation. NIBR's knowledge of place and governance is linked to policy fields in many of the sectors of society. Especially important are climate and environmental issues, housing policy, (public) health policy, regional and business policy. In these areas we have broad expertise, nationally and internationally.

The Institute's studies of politics and political governance in a spatial context allow for a holistic perspective and a deeper understanding of complex societal conditions. Analyzes also ensure comparisons across levels of government, geographical areas, policy fields and nations.

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Key research areas

International work

We are a partner of the Oslo Centre for Interdisciplinary Environmental and Social Research - CIENS (

About the staff

NIBR has a highly competent and multidisciplinary staff of researchers. Political science is the most common discipline but you will also find sociologists, geographers, economists, anthropologists, and researchers with degrees in criminology, ethnography, history among others.

Our administrative staff are highly skilled in project management, research dissemination, and other administrative support.

NIBR's leader group

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NIBR' staff have comprehensive experience in conducting research-based evaluations for public institutions, nationally and internationally. Our evaluations include general reforms in public administration and governance systems, as well as restructuring processes within specific sectors and institutions.
Multi-disciplinary and complementary methods are key traits characterising NIBR's evaluation research. Based in a research tradition, we value in-depth understanding of the realities we explore. Our analyses are therefore based on empirical richness generated by data collection processes specifically customised for each assignment.

Our main clients

Research at the Institute is increasingly funded internationally by among others the EU, the World Bank and other international organizations.

Our story

NIBR originated from the professional environment at Oslo municipality's urban planning office, and was established as a research institute by the Norwegian Technical and Natural Sciences Research Council in 1967. In 1986, the institute was released as an independent foundation, and since 1 January 2016 has been part of what is now OsloMet - Oslo Metropolitan University (formerly Oslo University College and Akershus). In 2017, the institute celebrated 50 years as a supplier of relevant knowledge for Norwegian societal development.