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Norwegian Social Research (NOVA)

NOVA is a research institute at OsloMet concentrating on studies in childhood, ageing, social policy and the welfare state. The institute is involved in many international research projects.

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Two children and their parents are relaxing in bed, and the kids are looking at a laptop computer.
Having children does not automatically result in a happier life

According to a study from OsloMet, having children does not increase quality of life, even in old age.

Norwegian oil platform "Statfjord A".
Providing for the future: to use or not to use Norway’s oil and gas

How did a desire to preserve oil and gas for future generations and protect the environment turn into the largest oil fund in the world and the foundation of the Norwegian welfare state?

Young people drinking at a party.
Sexual assault in social settings can take many different forms

A new study provides insight into the different ways that sexual assault can occur among teenagers and young adults.

A man is sitting alone on a swing looking at the sunset.
Researchers have been following 40-somethings since their teens: Who gets left behind?

Researchers from Norwegian Social Research (NOVA) at OsloMet have been following the same people for more than 28 years. They now seek to investigate why some people have experienced marginalisation as adults.

Young woman standing in front of a street.
Young people may face particular challenges in the post-Corona labour market

The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in both a global health crisis and a financial crisis on a scale never before seen in modern times. The labour market that emerges in the wake of the crisis may impact younger workers harder than others.

Six teenagers relaxing together, and using their mobile phones.
Researchers seek to better understand the lives of young people in Norway

Using a variety of methods, OsloMet researchers are gaining new insights into young people's opinions, struggles and aspirations.

Parents arguing in the background. Sad boy sitting at table listening.
Five measures that can prevent violence against children

Less severe violence against children and young people is declining, whereas severe forms of violence remain stable. According to OsloMet researchers, there are five measures that can reduce severe violence.

Older couple with bikes.
Old age and happiness: some common misconceptions

Are older people more likely to feel loneliness? Will having children make you happier when you get old? And are old men really as irritable as we think?