Norwegian welfare policy aims to ensure good health and quality of life for all citizens. This ambitious welfare goal requires a constantly updated knowledge on living conditions, health and welfare in general and in particular for vulnerable groups. It also requires knowledge of the social, geographic economic inequalities and cultural diversities in health and living conditions as well as in access to welfare services. Important groups in this field of research include people with disabilities, unemployed persons, different types of immigrants, people with mental health challenges, etc. In light of the demographic trend toward an aging population, the number of people with chronic diseases is expected to increase.
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One of the greatest challenges facing the welfare state and «the Nordic Model» is to provide comprehensive and coordinated care for people with complex problems. This challenge is regarded a core challenge of two comprehensive welfare reforms – the NAV-reform and the «coordination reform». In our opinion, it is of vital importance to gain more insight into the way in which new organisational forms and modes of governance are implemented and how they affect the daily lives of the people in need of support.
To provide solid answers to these and other questions, we are organised and composed of several disciplines (sociology, political science, psychology, socioeconomics, social geography and cultural subjects). We are currently working on a number of relevant research projects nationally and internationally in these area.
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