Research at the Faculty of Social Sciences
The Faculty of Social Sciences is the largest and most extensive social science research institution in Norway and is ranked number two in the Nordic countries.
The Faculty's research is for the most part organized by discipline and is overseen by the departments of Psychology, Economics, Social Anthropology, Political Science, and Sociology and Human Geography.
The Faculty also conducts multidisciplinary research both at the departments but also at the two multidisciplinary research centres ARENA The Centre for European Studies and The Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture (TIK).
The Faculty has approximately 330 academic staff in permanent and temporary positions. Our employees publish a total of between 440 and 500 academic articles and books every year, many of them in leading journals or with leading publishers.
Prioritized research areas
The faculty has 6 prioritized research areas:
- Cognitive Neuroscience
- Equality, Social Organization and Performance(ESOP): The Nordic Model
- European Democracy in Transition
- Democracy and Governance
- Gobalization and Localization
- Social Inequality
The Faculty coordinates two of the University's interfaculty research areas.
The Faculty researchers also participate in a further three of the University's Interfaculty Research Areas:
- Cultural Transformation in the Age of Globalisation (Kultrans)
- Livelihoods in Developing Countries - health, the environment and poverty (LEVE)
- Religion in Pluralist Societies (PluRel)
Centres of excellence (SFF)
The Faculty has one Centre of Excellence, the Centre of Equality, Social Organization and Performance (ESOP), which is coordinated by the Department of Economics.
The Centre of Equality, Social Organization and Performance (ESOP) studies the links between equality, social organization and economic performance, both in rich and poor countries. ESOP was established in 2007. The Centre is led by Karl-Ove Moene.