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Health and Welfare Studies

This research group is a department of the Norwegian Social Research (NOVA) and aims to generate knowledge about the strengths and weaknesses of the Norwegian welfare state from different angles, adopting national and cross-national comparative perspectives.

Much of the department’s research examines outcomes for social groups marginalized within the welfare state. The four research areas include labour market inclusion, the organization and quality of health and care services, social inequality in health and governance, migration and cultural politics.

The department consists of 17 researchers with backgrounds from cultural history, economics, musicology, political science, psychology, social geography, and sociology. A key goal for the researchers is to be continuously involved in a number of national and international projects.

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Featured research

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 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.

Adult male in a dentist chair looking up at female dentist in white coat.
Low-income earners skip going to the dentist

The financial crisis in Europe has led to fewer people with low incomes going to the dentist. This is also the case in Norway.