CEDIC is an Excellent Academic Environment at OsloMet with the mission to produce groundbreaking research, provide training and advancement of mid- and early stage researchers, and provide a fertile student environment for PhD and MA students.
The centre's main goal is to develop multi-disciplinary knowledge about the relationship between digitalisation and the provision of welfare services, and the risks of exclusion from the opportunities to enjoy full and effective social citizenship. CEDIC will examine how processes of digitalisation influence the provision of welfare state services, and the ability of citizens at risk of social exclusion to access, use and benefit from these services. The core issue is how digitalisation modifies the capabilities of different social groups and individuals to exercise social citizenship.
The centre's objectives are:
- To empirically examine policy measures aimed to ensure that digitalisation of public welfare services foster the exercise of full and effective citizenship
- To investigate ethical, legal and human rights issues as they pertain to digitized public welfare services
- To empirically trace innovation processes in public welfare services and probe how different stakeholders negotiate the reconfiguration of the welfare state
- To empirically explore how digitization affects the everyday life of vulnerable persons in welfare institutions (e.g. schools, nursing homes and child welfare institutions
- To facilitate exploitation of findings and development of sustainable solutions to prevent or reduce risks of exclusion from citizenship in the wake of digital transformations in the public sector
More about the centre
The centre is composed of research groups co-located at the centre’s premises at OsloMet. The university has Norway’s largest and strongest scientific community in welfare policy research in Norway, combining fundamental research with the aim of improving scientific theories and applied research with more immediate relevance for policymakers.
OsloMet has unique legal expertise on vulnerability and a strong technology environment, where designers and product developers continuously study and deliver innovative digital solutions for the welfare state. Bringing these competences together ensures that CEDIC's research will be both scientifically groundbreaking and relevant for a wide spectrum of stakeholders and end users.
During 2021-2024, CEDIC will combine and consolidate existing strong research environments at the university, creating a new trans-disciplinary centre that will become an internationally leading research environment in the study of digitalisation of public services and citizenship.
CEDIC will contribute new knowledge to implement the key principle of the Sustainable Development Goals that "no one be left behind", as well as the overarching principle of non-discrimination expressed in all UN human rights conventions, the ECHR and in the EEC law.
- Gemma Hughes: Virtual Presence: loneliness and technology (phc.ox.ac.uk), article from University of Oxford.
The management team consists of Marit Haldar (Centre Director), Rune Halvorsen (Co-director), Kathleen Jennings, R&D, Faculty of Social Sciences, and the principal investigators. As of 2021 CEDIC has three principal investigators in addition to the centre directors.
- Marit Haldar, Centre Director
- Rune Halvorsen, Co-director
- Oddgeir Osland, Dean, Faculty of social sciences
- Kåre Hagen, Head of research centre, Centre for Welfare and Labour Research
- Anne-Britt Djuve, Head of department, Department of Social Work, Child welfare and social policy
Scientific advisory committee
The team will be supported by an international scientific advisory committee. The scientific advisory board will help to ensure that CEDIC maintains the highest scientific standards.
- Democratic Urban Development in the Digital Age (DEMUDIG)
- EUROSHIP – Closing Gaps in Social Citizenship. New Tools to Foster Social Resilience in Europe
- Professionals interviewing maltreated children supported via artificial avatars
- Relinking the weak link. Building resilient digital households through interdisciplinary and multilevel exploration and intervention
- Safe and Simple Point of Contact with Relatives
- Sino-Norway Welfare Policy Dialogue (SINOPO)
- Virtual Presence: A Cultural Analysis of the Emergence of 'Telepresence Technologies' as a Solution to Loneliness
The CEDIC team has a balanced composition in terms of genders, and senior, mid and early career researchers.
- Trinh Nguyen
- Esli Soetens
- Liv Elise Nilssen Hammer
- Marlene Ervik Alstad
- Marte Pettersen Bjørnebek
- Tina Nasha Sankei Skogmo
- Jacqueline O'Reilly, University of Sussex (sussex.ac.uk).
- Karl Ove Moene, University of Oslo (uio.no)
- Biao He, Univeristy of Tartu (researchgate.com)