NOVA's research must be close to the major changes and challenges facing society.
We will deliver and disseminate research-based knowledge about living conditions and quality of life for individuals and groups throughout the life cycle, and about the welfare state and its services.
The department's research activity is rooted in the core areas of adolescence, welfare and ageing.
Research for a better society
Research – up close – throughout the life cycle
1. NOVA's research must be relevant to society and of high scientific quality.
2. NOVA aims to disseminate research-based knowledge and be a key player in the public debate.
3. NOVA shall be an inclusive workplace, with highly qualified staff and professional research support.
Goal 1: Research
NOVA's research must be relevant to society and of high scientific quality.
NOVA's academic activities are rooted in the core areas of childhood, welfare and ageing. The institute shall be a nationally leading research environment on quality of life and living conditions in all phases of life, with particular emphasis on groups in vulnerable positions. This includes research on the sustainability, organization, and services of the welfare state.
NOVA's research will contribute to solving society's challenges. The research is interdisciplinary and is conducted with a critical look at social conditions that are otherwise taken for granted.
NOVA will continuously conduct academic, methodological, and theoretical development work within the department's established research field. Priority initiatives that contribute to new perspectives and understandings in important areas of welfare and life-cycle research will be facilitated.
Dialogue and cooperation with national and international academic communities shall constitute an important part of the department's research activity.
NOVA's research must be published in peer-reviewed books, scientific journals and quality-assured research reports. The department's activities comply with the national guidelines for research ethics (forskningsetikk.no).
Goal 2: Dissemination
NOVA aims to disseminate research-based knowledge and be a key player in the public debate.
NOVA's dissemination of research and insight into the department's core areas will contribute to knowledge-based policy development, practice and public debate.
Dissemination of research must be of high quality. This means that it is reliable and relevant to different target groups, and is presented in channels and in a form that is adapted to the recipients.
Furthermore, the institute's research must be communicated to different user groups and to the general public. It will also contribute to research-based teaching on relevant education at OsloMet and other educational institutions.
Goal 3: Organization
NOVA shall be an inclusive workplace, with highly qualified staff and professional research support.
NOVA's most important resource is its employees. The department should be a workplace that strong professionals apply to, and where they want to stay.
The department shall be characterised by a good working environment where the individual can develop his or her professional interests. NOVA's administrative support functions shall be of high quality, contribute to good project implementation, and supplement support from other parts of OsloMet.
The department shall be characterized by a high degree of participation and transparency in development processes.