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EU funded projects

The Faculty of Social Sciences participates actively in the EU Framework Programmes. During Horizon 2020 we have had success in ERC, but managed also to be involved in Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions and in Societal Challenges collaborative projects as partner and coordinator.

ERC projects

BRAINMINT: Brains and minds in transition

The dark side of neuroplasticity during sensitive life phases.
The potential and boundaries of the human mind is determined by dynamic interactions between the environment and the individual genetic architecture.However, despite several breakthroughs, the genetic revolution has not provided a coherent account of the development of the mind and its disorders, and the missing heritability is large across human traits. One explanation of this impasse is the complexity of the gene-environment interactions. Current knowledge about the determinants of a healthy mind is largely based on studies whose modus operandi is to treat the environment as a static entity, neglecting to consider the crucial fact that environmental inputs and their genetic interactions vary dramatically between life phases.

Principal investigator: Lars Tjelta Westlye

Where: Department of Psychology

Website: Project website

Period: August 2019 - August 2024

ERC StG: Enacting the good economy. Biocapitalization and the little tools of valuation (Little Tools)

“Little Tools” address the European transformation into a new so-called bio-economy. How and with what means does such upheaval occur and what role does research play in such a development? To answer these questions, the project studies the so-called "Blue Revolution" or the Aquaculture Revolution; namely that the fish we eat is increasingly derived from farming rather than catching.

Principal investigator: Kristin Asdal

Where: TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture

Website: Project website

Period: August 2016 - July 2021

ERC StG: The Global and Local Organization of Production (Globalprod)

A defining feature of the global economy is the gradual fragmentation of production across firms and borders, a phenomenon that has been termed outsourcing or global value chains.

State-of-the-art empirical economic analysis on value chains has mostly been limited to the study of aggregate data because there is limited data on actual firm-to-firm linkages in the global economy. Even less is known about which products are typically outsourced, and which workers are affected.

This project is changing that by bringing together four unique firm-to-firm datasets on local and global value chains that will push the research frontier forward in two main directions. First, it will confront theory with data and directly test whether integration facilitates new buyer-supplier relationships and growth. Secondly, it will provide information on the impact of outsourcing on wages of different groups of workers and thus allowing for a rich analysis of labor market effects for different skill groups.

Principal investigator: Andreas Moxnes

Where: Department of Economics

Website: Project website

Period: January 2017 - January 2022

ERC CoG: The Economics and Politics of Conservation

While traditional environmental policies focus on the demand side by regulating emitting firms or consumers, this project aims at exploring how a supply-side policy would work, for instance by an environmental policy regulating the extraction of natural resources. Since traditional climate and environmental policy so far have had limited success, a new approach is crucial. The project will apply game theory and political economy methods to address a number of important questions such as strategic conservation, international agreements, deforestation contracts and political concerns.

Principal investigator: Bård Harstad

Where: ESOP - Centre for the Study of Equality, Social Organization and Performance

Website: Project website

Period: August 2016 - July 2021

ERC CoG: The Missing Link of Episodic Memory Decline in Aging

Which brain mechanisms are responsible for the faith of the memories we make with age, whether they wither or stay, and in what form? Episodic memory function does decline with age. While this decline can have multiple causes, research has focused almost entirely on encoding and retrieval processes, largely ignoring a third critical process– consolidation.

Principal investigator: Anders Fjell

Where: Department of Psychology

Website: Project website

Period: May 2017 - March 2023

ERC StG: Value Judgements and Redistribution Policies

Principal investigator: Paolo Giovanni Piacquadio

Where: Department of Economics

ERC CoG: Set to change: early life factors restricting and promoting neurocognitive plasticity through life

Principal investigator: Kristine Wahlhovd

Where: Department of Psychology

Project website

Period: October 2018 - September 2024

Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions

Coordinator European Training Network: The Post-Crisis Legitimacy of the European Union (PLATO)

PLATO brings together nine university partners from across Europe to recruit a group of 15 PhD researchers to undertake a common multidisciplinary investigation into crisis and the legitimacy of the Union. PLATO will use the example of the financial crisis to build and test theory of what would amount to a legitimacy crisis in the case of a multi-state, non-state political system such as the EU.

Scientific Coordinator: Christopher Lord

Where: ARENA Centre for European Studies

Website: Project website

Period: January 2017 - December 2020

MSCA Partner: Anthropology of Human Security in Africa: ANTHUSIA

Principal Investigator at UiO: Paul Wenzel Geissler

Where: Department of Social Anthropology

Website: Project website

Periode: November 2017 - December 2022

Societal Challenges collaborative projects

Coordinator project: Differentiation, Dominance, Democracy (EU3D)

What are the democratic potentials and the dominance pitfalls of differentiation in today’s EU? EU3D specifies the conditions under which differentiation is politically acceptable, institutionally sustainable, and democratically legitimate; and singles out those forms of differentiation that engender dominance.

Scientific Coordinator: John Erik Fossum

Where: ARENA Centre for European Studies

Period: February 2019 - March 2023

Coordinator project: Reconsidering European Contributions to Global Justice (GLOBUS)

GLOBUS critically examines the European Union’s contribution to global justice. Challenges are multifaceted and what is just is contested. Combining normative and empirical research GLOBUS explores underlying political and structural obstacles to justice. Analyses of the EU’s positions and policies are combined with in-depth studies of non-European perspectives on the practices of the EU. Particular attention is paid to the fields of migration, trade and development, cooperation and conflict, as well as climate change.

Scientific Coordinator: Helene Sjursen

Where: ARENA Centre for European Studies

Website: Project website

Coordinator project: Lifebrain: Healthy minds from 0-100 years

The project’s main objective is to identify determinants of brain, cognitive and mental health at different stages of life. By integration, harmonisation and enrichment of major European neuroimaging studies of age differences and changes, we will obtain an unparalleled database of fine-grained brain, cognitive and mental health measures of more than 6.000 individuals. Longitudinal brain imaging, genetic and health data are available for a major part, as well as cognitive/mental health measures for extensively broader cohorts. By linking these data, also to additional databases and biobanks, including birth registries, national and regional archives, and by enriching them with new online data collection and novel measures, we will address risk and protective factors of brain, cognitive and mental health throughout the lifespan.

Scientific Coordinator: Kristine Walhovd

Where: Department of Psychology

Website: Project website

Period: January 2017 - December 2021

Partner project: Investigating the Impact of the European Union (I3U)

Principal investigator at UiO: Fulvio Castellacci

Where: TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture

Website: Project website

Period: February 2015 - February 2019

Partner project: Transmitting Contentious Cultural Heritages with the Arts (TRACES)

TRACES investigates contentious heritage sites (museums, collections, historical buildings etc.) in various European locations in relation to their communities, and the policies of the heritage providers. It specifically investigates and intervenes into these contested heritage sites through ethnographic and artistic means, by creative co-productions which involve heritage providers, communities, and ethnographic and artistic researchers.

Principal investigator: Arnd Schneider

Where: Department of Social Anthropology

Website: Project website

Period: April 2016 - October 2020

Partner project: Growth, Equal Opportunities, Migration, Markets (GEMM)

By analyzing discrimination across a large number of ethnic groups and various dimensions of ethnicity in 5 countries this project will advance our understanding of ethnic inequality as a central barrier to the optimal functioning of the European labour market and thus to growth and innovation.

Principal investigator at UiO: Gunn Elisabeth Birkelund

Where: Department of Sociology and Human Geography

Website: Project website

Period: September 2015 - September 2018

Partner project: Competing Regional Integrations in Southeast Asia (CRISEA)

The project studies the multiple forces affecting regional integration in Southeast Asia and the challenges they present to the peoples of Southeast Asia and its regional framework Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Principal Investgator at UiO: Kristian Stokke

Where: Department of Sociology and Human Geography

Website: Project website

Period: November 2017 - October 2021 

Partner project: Dialogue about Radicalisation and Equality (DARE)

Prinicpal investigator at UiO: Graham Macklin

Where: C-REX - Center for Research on Extremism

Website: Project website

Period: December 2017 - December 2021

Completed projects

ERC AdG: Macroinequality

Principal investigator: Kjetil Storesletten

Where: ESOP - Centre for the Study of Equality, Social Organization and Performance

Period: June 2013 - May 2018

ERC AdG: Overheating. The three crises of globalisation: An anthropological history of the early 21st century

Principal investigator: Thomas Hylland Eriksen

Where: Department of Social Anthropology


ERC AdG (partner): Family life courses, intergenerational exchanges and later life health (FAMHEALTH)

Principal investigator: Øystein Kravdal

Where: Department of Economics

Period: July 2013 - June 2018

ERC StG: Neurocognitive plasticity

Principal investigator: Kristine B Walhovd

Where: Department of Psychology

Period: March 2013 - March 2018

ERC StG: General Institutional Equilibrium: Theory and Policy Implications

Principal investigator: Bård Harstad

Where: ESOP - Centre for the Study of Equality, Social Organization and Performance

Period: 2012 - 2016

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