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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In the field of labour market inclusion, we study the strength of employment protection and the prevalence of temporary work contracts for migrants in the Nordic countries. Moreover, we investigate how employers' understandings of disability as well as their broader knowledge and skills influence their risk assessments and hiring practices, applying a cross-national perspective.
Our research on health and care services aims to identify and analyse contextual and institutional preconditions for successful outcomes for workers in these sectors as well as patients and users. We also study the organization and quality of child protection services.
The research on social inequality in health centres on social, geographic, economic inequalities and cultural diversities in health outcomes on the one hand and inequalities in living conditions and in access to welfare services on the other hand.
In our research on governance, migration and cultural politics, we ask how European welfare states in general and the Nordic Model in particular develop in the context of globalisation, migration, population ageing, European integration, cultural tensions and increasing environmental pressures. Of particular interest is the question of welfare state sustainability, considering not only economic pressures but also social and environmental aspects across European democracies.
- Sherry, M., Olsen, T., Vedeler, J.S. & Eriksen, J. (red.) (2019). Disability Hate Speech. Social, Cultural and Political Contexts. Routledge
- Tolgensbakk, I.; Ayllón, S.; Schoyen, M.; McDonnell, A.; Bussi, M.; O'Reilly, J. (2019). Drug use and early job insecurity. Chapter 9. In Hvinden, B.; O'Reilly, J.; Schoyen, M.; Hyggen, C. (Ed.). Negotiating Early Job Insecurity Well-being, Scarring and Resilience of European Youth. Edward Elgar Publishing.
- Vedeler, J.S.; Anvik, C.H. (2019). Flexibility and visibility. An examination of the narratives of Norwegian people with disabilities about working part-time. Alter – European Journal of Disability Research .
- Finnvold, J.E.; Ugreninov, E. (2018). Refugees’ admission to mental health institutions in Norway: Is there an ethnic density effect? Social Science and Medicine . Vol. 209.
- Falch-Eriksen, A.; Backe-Hansen, E. (2018). Human Rights in Child Protection Implications for Professional Practice and Policy. ISBN: 978-3-319-94799-0. Palgrave Macmillan
More publications are listed on the researcher's employee pages.
Direct and Indirect Costs of Disabilities in Children (BUDGET)
The research project addresses the costs aspects of caring for a child with a disability.
Socio-spatial Inequality among Families with Children with Disabilities who are Entitled to Cash Benefits and Welfare Services (UPTAKE)
The research project will provide insight into the uptake and delivery of benefits and services among parents of children with disabilities.
EUROSHIP – Closing Gaps in Social Citizenship. New Tools to Foster Social Resilience in Europe
The overall aim of the EUROSHIP project is to provide an original and gender-sensitive assessment of the current gaps in social protection across Europe.
HIRE? A Mixed-method Examination of Disability and Employers Inclusive Working Life Practices
Employers' understandings of disability as well as their broader knowledge and skills are likely to influence their risk assessments and hiring practices. HIRE? aims to fill this knowledge gap.
CONTEXT – Creating Integrated Person-centred Care in Different Settings
This project addresses how settings and contexts which enhance people-centred care can be created.
UPMIN - Under Pressure? Migration and Labor Market Integration in Norway
The overarching research question in the UPMIN project is: What institutional and contextual factors enhance immigrants’ and refugees’ employment participation?
- Direct and Indirect Costs of Disabilities in Children (BUDGET)
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.