Norwegian Social Research

This article is about the state institute. For the private organization, see Norwegian Institute for Social Research.
Norwegian Social Research
Norsk institutt for forskning om oppvekst, velferd og aldring
Abbreviation NOVA
Formation 1996
Type Government-owned research institute
Parent organization
Oslo and Akershus University College
Staff (2011)

Norwegian Social Research (Norwegian: Norsk institutt for forskning om oppvekst, velferd og aldring, NOVA) is a state social science research institute based in Oslo, Norway. It was an independent state agency from its establishment in 1996 until 2014, when it became part of Oslo and Akershus University College (HiOA). Together with its sister institute, the Work Research Institute, it now forms the Centre for Welfare and Labour Research at HiOA.[1] The institute is one of the largest social research institutes in Norway, and conducts research on different aspects of society and the welfare state. The institute has 92 employees. The director of the institute is Bjørn Hvinden.[2]

NOVA's research is centered on Norwegian society. The aim of the institute is to develop knowledge and understanding of social conditions and processes of change. They focus on issues of life-course events, level of living conditions and aspects of life-quality as well as on programmes and services provided by the welfare system. Within its fields NOVA performs research assignments commissioned by public and private sector clients.


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