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Published Sep. 15, 2017 1:37 PM

In her book “$2 a day: Living on almost nothing in America”, Kathryn Edin depicts the lives of families living in desperate poverty. On Tuesday 19th September, she will explain how people manage to survive without cash in todays’ USA.

Published Sep. 12, 2017 9:23 AM

Professor Grete Brochmann has been recommended for the award of 'Doctor Honoris Causa' by the Academic Council of Roskilde University.

Published Aug. 25, 2017 11:59 AM

"Oslo is in many ways an ethnic city in which a large part of the city's non-western immigrant population has settled it’s eastern districts. It would not be unreasonable to think that children of non-western immigrants who have grown up in multicultural neighbourhoods feel strongly attached to these," says Pål Oskar Hundebo.

unemployed minorities
Published May 2, 2017 2:36 PM

People who are unemployed often have difficulties getting back into the labor market, particularly if the unemployment spell is long-lasting. - But how is the situation for unemployed minorities? Are they doubly disadvanted in the job market? 

Opinion pieces by students in SOSGEO 2301.
Published Apr. 26, 2017 1:46 PM

What matters to us? What kind of future do we want? How can we get there as a society? These questions formed the foundation of a writing assignment in the bachelor level course “Environment and Society” . Their thought-provoking texts are now presented in Taking a Stand: Students’ Perspectives on Environmental Issues (PDF)

Published Feb. 3, 2017 9:37 AM

- Many people believe that major social change must start from above. But historically we see that such changes have often started small, says Karen O'Brien, professor of Human Geography at the Department of Sociology and Human Geography.

Nigerian school girls
Published Dec. 19, 2016 1:36 PM

The havoc wreaked by the terrorist organization Boko Haram is one example of the unrest that starts in remote areas with weak local institutions. Peace workers increasingly must look at the local conditions, according to a new doctoral thesis.

Opera House in Oslo
Published Dec. 12, 2016 11:49 AM

The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet has large deficits and is entirely dependent on state aid. To show that they deserve the money, they work purposefully to bring classical music down to Earth.

cityscape, Kowloon Island
Published Nov. 2, 2016 3:36 PM

China's enormous economic growth has lifted millions out of poverty and raised citizens' standard of living. The other side of the picture is growing income inequality.

school children
Published Oct. 20, 2016 11:34 AM

Children of immigrants are better educated, and earn far more, than their parents.

cityscape
Published Sep. 23, 2016 12:43 PM

While Palestinians see the Israeli occupation as the core of the conflict, Israelis defend the occupation in terms of their security.

Caring for aging parents
Published Sep. 13, 2016 4:04 PM

Providing care for ageing parents can corrode your health more than raising your children, according to a new study. But while the state has generous welfare schemes for parents, there is little work leave to be had when it's mum or dad that needs your help

A family immigration marriage harms your career
Published Aug. 30, 2016 10:16 AM

Immigrant women who bring a spouse from their country of origin have poorer career prospects, according to a new doctoral thesis.

Published June 20, 2016 8:45 AM

If you are a male immigrant and marry a woman from a country other than your own, you increase your chances of a good job and a high income. This applies whether the woman you marry is Norwegian or not.

Published Apr. 29, 2016 2:14 PM

Something happens to a society after a terrorist attack. Tore Witsø Rafoss has studied the reactions in the US and Norway after 11 September 2001 and 22 July 2011 and found some surprising similarities.

En mann kjører trailer
Published Mar. 21, 2016 1:16 PM

Despite the fact that both men have grown up in Norway and have the same education and work experience, Norwegian employers choose Knut more often than Muhammed.

Published Nov. 13, 2015 1:25 PM

Seeing possibility in unlikely places is arguably at the very heart of transformation. With global environmental problems, including climate change, we are confronted with an unprecedented sense of urgency. Such a sense of urgency can be motivating, but also debilitating. Perhaps it is the slow and artistic transformation of the everyday that is truly critical. Art opens up opportunity to create moments in the city, a momentary disruption to material and human flows.  It slows us down or even stops us for a moment, and sometimes presents us with a new perspective.  The art of transformation in urban areas will be realised by creating moments of possibility.

Read the full blog entry by Emma Arnold and Karen O Brien on the Urbanization and Global Environmental Change blog

Published Nov. 6, 2015 12:37 PM

Women have higher levels of sick leave than men, but it's not a higher work load that is to blame, according to new research. If we are to understand the causes of women's high levels of sick leave we must look beyond the workplace, says researcher Anne May Melsom.

Published Oct. 24, 2015 8:34 AM

Parents on Oslo’s East side have little reason to fear that a high proportion of immigrant pupils in schools in itself hampers student performance, according to new research.

Published Jan. 9, 2015 9:53 AM

Drugs are usually associated with vulnerable social groups. New research reveals that amphetamine, however, is used by some in physically demanding manual jobs - to sustain long working hours.

 

Published Dec. 12, 2014 2:14 PM

Fighting for the rights of migrant workers in China - without over-stepping the limits of what the authorities allow - is a difficult balancing act. But grassroots organizations are becoming increasingly brave, a new doctoral thesis shows.

Published Dec. 2, 2014 11:19 AM

Norwegian women who choose to have children say goodbye to exciting career opportunities. Men, on the other hand, work on.

Published Nov. 27, 2014 11:17 AM

People love to reminisce about a rosy past. In his PhD thesis Hans Erik Næss shows that nostalgic memories are not an obstacle, but an important tool to further develop rallying.

Published Mar. 27, 2014 1:38 PM

Karen O'Brien, one of the lead authors of the IPCC's next report, is an optimist. For it is we as a society that holds the key to making the changes that are needed.

Published June 18, 2013 9:56 AM

After the great floods in Gudbrandsdalen valley here in Norway and in Hungary - What new knowledge do we have about extreme weather and climate change? How can we reduce the risk of injury in the future? Such questions are the theme of the Extreme Dialogue Tuesday 18 June at 12-3pm, at the University of Oslo..