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Health and Welfare Studies

The Department for Health and Welfare Studies maintains a long-standing research tradition at NOVA on the topic of welfare state services and benefits, organisation and users.

The purpose of welfare policy is to ensure good living conditions for the population as well as an inclusive society. This objective requires constantly updated knowledge about the design of social policy and the consequences of various services and benefits.

A key question is how the welfare state works for users in general and vulnerable groups in particular. This is particularly important in order to shed light on the consequences of poverty and social exclusion.

The goal of the Department for Health and Welfare Studies at Norwegian Social Research (NOVA) is to contribute knowledge in these fields.

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Featured research

A man entering a Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV) office
Unemployment is harmful to your health – especially if you are a man

Men suffer more health problems as a result of unemployment than women, according to recent research from OsloMet.

Elisbeth Ugreninov and Justyna Bell
Research on discrimination in employment

Elisabeth Ugreninov and Justyna Bell at OsloMet will lead a new EU project that will provide new insight into the conditions that either create barriers or facilitate the inclusion of different groups in working life.

Young man reading book in library.
Education is no guarantee against unemployment and poverty

Despite the increasing educational level of the population, the risk of becoming unemployed or becoming a social assistance or disability benefit recipient is not decreasing correspondingly, according to new research from OsloMet.

A toughtful young man sitting alone
Anxiety and depression more common among adults with ADHD

According to new research, there may be several reasons for this.

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 sovereign wealth 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.