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Published Jan. 5, 2018 11:22 AM

When professor Willy Pedersen started researching in the 1980s everyone thought that harsh penalties were the solution. Now, The Liberal Party of Norway, The Conservative Party of Norway, The Norwegian Labour Party and The Norwegian Socialist Left Party all agree that drug policy needs to be changed.

Published Dec. 21, 2017 10:24 AM

We congratulate Marianne Nordli Hansen on receiving FRIHUMSAM research funding for the project Paradoxes of wealth and class: historical conditions and contemporary configurations.

Published Oct. 26, 2017 2:41 PM

AdaptationCONNECTS in collaboration with the wider climate research group at the Department of Sociology and Human Geografi, UiO, participated at the Science Fair 2017 in Oslo with the stand:  “Climate. Cacao. Coffee. What is important to you?”

Published Oct. 26, 2017 12:53 PM

In this conversation with Evolve Karen O'Brien highlights the importance of linking personal and structural transformation. In particular she calls for increased focus on what role humans can have in system change.  

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.

Published Aug. 7, 2017 4:17 PM

Action Research is inviting articles for the special issue: Climate Change and Action Research: Creating Transformative Knowledge With Stakeholders.

Published July 6, 2017 1:20 PM

The AdaptationCONNECTS project is looking for a Postdoctoral Fellow. Want to work with us and explore the role of art in adaptation processes? Apply before 15 August. 

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 Apr. 10, 2017 11:47 AM

Watch Karen O’Briens keynote speech at the Ecological Challenges 2017 conference at the University of Oslo.

Published Feb. 24, 2017 10:50 AM

Apollon research magazine asked three renowned researchers what it takes to make the world greener and the role of innovations within social sciences and law. 

Published Feb. 23, 2017 10:46 AM

Fast track Special Issue on 1.5°C climate change research and social transformation to support IPCC Special Report.

Published Feb. 15, 2017 11:13 AM

Karen O'Brien has written an article in Tvergastein Issue 8 under the theme "Something to Declare: Unpacking Travel". 

Published Feb. 10, 2017 2:01 PM

This PhD course explores the relationship between adaptation and transformation, two concepts that are key to understanding societal responses to climate change. 

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.

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.