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Ageing Research and Housing Studies

This research group is a department of the Norwegian Social Research (NOVA) and combines the best from two large research fields.

Research on ageing focuses on the social-scientific analyses of different sides of being old and the elderly’s life situation and on the political consequences of an ageing population for the welfare state. Here the central topics are labour market, civil society and family – all equally basic prerequisites for active ageing and for maintaining a sustainable welfare state.

Research on housing has its focus on the need for a home and patterns of changing residence in different stages of life, interaction with the changes in the neighbourhood over time and the significance of different political measures in housing. Having a home is essential for welfare, for higher education, establishing a family, having a job and good health, and for active ageing.

Read about The Network for Ageing Research at OsloMet.

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