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Centre for Welfare and Labour Research

Centre for Welfare and Labour Research (SVA) is comprised of the Work Research Institute (AFI), Norwegian Social Research (NOVA), Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research (NIBR), and Consumption Research Norway (SIFO).

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Featured research from the SVA institutes

Portrait of Professor Svenn-Erik Mamelund.
Effective pandemic planning must take social inequalities seriously

Researchers at PANSOC have been studying pandemic planning for decades. COVID-19 has thrust their work into the spotlight.

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 girls looking at mobile phones
Eight out of ten food adverts aimed at children violate WHO guidelines

SIFO researchers have mapped adverts for unhealthy food and drink that children see on their mobile phones.

One doctor hands a syringe to another.
To end a pandemic, consider socioeconomics

Norway is starting its vaccination programme and people facing high medical risk are first in line. But medical conditions aren’t the only factors to consider when protecting people from a deadly virus.

Portrait of Halla B. Holmarsdottir
We do not know enough about the digital everyday lives of children and young people

Halla B. Holmarsdottir is investigating how technology affects the lives of children and young people.

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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.

Overview of urban Bergen.
How do Norway, Sweden and Denmark address urban segregation differently?

The Scandinavian countries have attracted migrants from around the world. While some of the measures they have adopted to combat segregation are similar, policy responses in the three countries also indicate significant divergences.

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.

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We need to take better care of our personal data

Websites often make it difficult to understand what kind of personal data they are collecting from visitors. The rules governing data collection should be tightened, argues one OsloMet researcher.

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?

Sognsvann Lake in Oslo under cloud cover.
How to prevent people from becoming radicalised

If we are serious about keeping people from radicalising and committing acts of terrorism, the work begins long before they become active on extremist websites.