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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.

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Starting Grant: Social Resilience, Gendered Dynamics, and Local Peace in Protracted Conflicts (ResilienceBuilding)

How can ‘resilient communities’ remain resilient in protracted conflicts and contribute to a sustainable peace? How do local conflicts link to national conflicts and what are the implications for peacebuilding? What are the gender dimensions of social resilience? This project pursues an empirically-grounded research agenda into social resilience in conflict-affected areas, focusing on Nigeria, the Central African Republic, South Sudan and Kenya. 

Principal investigator: Jana Krause

Where: Department of Political Science

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Period: 1 Oct 2020 – 30 Sep 2025

Starting Grant: How work organizations shape ethnic stratification across immigrant generations: assimilation, segregation, and workplace contexts (ORGMIGRANT)

The distinguishing feature of ORGMIGRANT is an organizational approach to the study of ethnic stratification in the labor market, with a particular focus on how economic assimilation develops across immigrant generations.

Principal investigator: Are Skeie Hermansen

Where: Department of Sociology and Human Geography 

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Period: 1 Sep 2020 – 31 Aug 2025

Consolidator Grant: The Emergence, Life, and Demise of Autocratic Regimes (ELDAR)

ELDAR will investigate three aspects of autocratic politics: how autocracies emerge; policymaking (“life”) in autocracies; and how autocratic regimes break down. A novel feature of the project is that it offers a comprehensive perspective that highlights connections between these three aspects and studies them jointly in one integrated framework.

Principal investigator: Carl Henrik Knutsen 

Where: Department of Political Science

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Period: 1 Jun 2020 – 31 May 2025

Starting Grant: Between Sea and City: Ethnographic explorations of infrastructure, work, and place around leading urban container ports (PORTS)

What can ports tell us about changes in the global economy? This project will explore how global capitalism plays out in four maritime cities (Rotterdam, Piraeus, Singapore, Pusan) that are big in container handling.

Principal investigator: Elisabeth Schober

Where: Department of Social Anthropology

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Period: 1 Feb 2020 – 31 Jan 2025

Starting Grant: Brains and minds in transition: The dark side of neuroplasticity during sensitive life phases (BRAINMINT)

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. The objective of BRAINMINT is to provide this missing link by zeroing in on two major life transitions, namely adolescence and pregnancy. These phases are characterized by temporarily increased brain plasticity, offering windows for adaptation and growth, but also host the emergence of common mental disorders. 

Principal investigator: Lars Tjelta Westlye

Where: Department of Psychology

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Period: 1 Aug 2019 – 31 Jul 2024

Consolidator Grant: OPENFLUX

The OPENFLUX project is using data and methods from behavior genetics to study patterns of social stratification and family demography. The project's objectives are to study change in genetic and environmental influences on socioeconomic and demographic outcomes. We will study change across three dimensions: birth cohorts, life course stages, and generations.

Principal investigator: Torkild Lyngstad

Where: Department of Sociology and Human Geography 

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Period: 1 Jul 2019 – 30 Jun 2024

Starting Grant: How distress alters opioid drug effects and abuse liability (OPIOIDREWARD)

How do the activation of different neurochemical systems influence reward and decision making in the brain? OPIOIDREWARD investigates how activation of various neurochemical systems play into the brain's way of processing decisions and rewards. To address this question we will, among other things, use medication that blocks or activates central neurochemical systems in the brain.

Principal investigator: Siri Leknes

Where: Department of Psychology

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Period: 1 Jul 2019 – 30 Jun 2024

Starting Grant: Value Judgements and Redistribution Policies (VALURED)

Heterogeneity and diversity are a pervasive aspect of modern societies. Differences in individuals’ preferences, needs, skills, and information are key to explain variation in individuals’ behavior and to anticipate individuals’ responses to policy changes. There is no consensus, however, about how to take these differences into account when evaluating policies. VALURED will reexamine this ethical challenge by characterizing the mapping between value judgments - i.e. principles of distributive justice - and redistribution policies. 

Principal investigator: Paolo Giovanni Piacquadio

Where: Department of Economics

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Period: 1 Jan 2019 – 31 Dec 2023

Consolidator Grant: Early life factors restricting and promoting neurocognitive plasticity through life (Set-to-change)

The objective of Set-to-change is to test whether and how early life environmental factors and genetic makeup interact to regulate neurocognitive plasticity through the lifespan. Neurocognitive plasticity; i.e. changes in brain and cognition in response to environmental demands over time, shows huge individual variability, for unknown reasons. Neurodevelopmental origins of functional variation through the lifespan are acknowledged, but the pathways need to be identified. As individual constitution and environment are intrinsically correlated, to make progress beyond state of the art, this can only be tested in an experimental setting.

Principal investigator: Kristine Wahlhovd

Where: Department of Psychology

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Period: 1 Oct 2018 – 31 Mar 2023

Consolidator Grant: The Missing Link of Episodic Memory Decline in Aging (AgeConsolidate)

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

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Period: 1 May 2017 – 31 Oct 2022


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

Principal investigator: Andreas Moxnes, Department of Economics
Period: Jan 2017 – Dec 2021

ERC Consolidator Grant: The Economics and Politics of Conservation (Conservation)

Principal investigator: Bård Harstad, Department of Economics
Period: Aug 2016 – Nov 2021

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

Principal investigator: Kristin AsdalTIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture
Period: Aug 2016 – Jul 2021

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

Principal investigator: Øystein Kravdal,Department of Economics
Period: Jul 2013 – Jun 2018

ERC Advanced Grant: Macroinequality

Principal investigator: Kjetil Storesletten, ESOP - Centre for the Study of Equality, Social Organization and Performance
Period: Jun 2013 – May 2018

ERC Starting Grant: Neurocognitive plasticity: Lifespan Mechanisms of Change (NeuroCogPlasticity)

Principal investigator: Kristine B WalhovdDepartment of Psychology
Period: Mar 2013 – Feb 2018

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

Principal investigator: Thomas Hylland EriksenDepartment of Social Anthropology
Period: Jul 2012 – Dec 2017

ERC Starting Grant: General Institutional Equilibrium: Theory and Policy Implications (GInE)

Principal investigator: Bård HarstadESOP - Centre for the Study of Equality, Social Organization and Performance
Period: Jul 2012 – Jun 2016


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MSCA European Training Network (partner): Well-being, Ecology, Gender and cOmmunity (WEGO-ITN)

Going beyond political ecology, Feminist Political Ecology (FPE) investigates how gender is reproduced in and through practices, policies and actions associated with our changing environments. Rooted in collaborative and action-focused methodologies, FPE analyzes the impacts of ecological and economic crises on diverse genders and the communities in which they live. WEGO-ITN is a transnational network that brings together some of the most prominent scholars in the field to develop a research and training program to educate the next generation of FPE researchers.

Principal Investigator: Andrea J. Nightingale

Where: Department of Sociology and Human Geography  

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Period: 1 Jan 2018 – 30 Jun 2022

MSCA European Joint Doctorate (partner): Anthropology of Human Security in Africa (ANTHUSIA)

By combining competencies from Anthropology, Human Security and African Studies, ANTHUSIA aims to foster talent relevant to current challenges and potentials of developing safe societies in Africa. By exploring different areas from a human security perspective, the research will provide insights into problems such as expanding young populations, accelerated urbanization, unequally distributed growth, recurring conflicts, persistent health problems, and refugee insecurity.

Principal Investigator: Paul Wenzel Geissler

Where: Department of Social Anthropology

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Period: 1 Jan 2018 – 31 Dec 2022

MSCA Individual Fellowship: Socially Distanced Solidarity: Far Right Recruitment and Enrolment During the COVID-19 Pandemic (SODIS)

Principal Investigator: Katherine Kondor

Where: C-REX - Center for Research on Extremism

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Period: 6 Sep 2021 – 5 Sep 2023

MSCA Individual Fellowship: Genetic and geographical determinants of depression (GenGeoRisk)

Principal Investigator: Ziada Ayorech

Where: Department of Psychology

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Period: 1 Feb 2021 – 31 Jan 2023

MSCA Individual Fellowship: Towards Precision Psychiatry (ToPP)

Principal Investigator: Thomas Wolfers

Where: Department of Psychology

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Period: 1 Aug 2020 – 31 Jul 2022


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

Coordinator: Christopher LordARENA Centre for European Studies
Period: Jan 2017 – Dec 2020

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Research and Innovation Action (coordinator): EU Differentiation, Dominance and 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

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Period: 1 Feb 2019 – 31 Jul 2023

Research and Innovation Action (coordinator): 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

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Period: 1 Jan 2017 – 30 Jun 2022

Research and Innovation Action (partner): Ocean-based Negative Emission Technologies (OceanNETs)

Principal investigator UiO: Christian Peter Traeger

Where: Department of Economics

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Period: 1 Jul 2020 – 30 Jun 2025

Research and Innovation Action (partner): Resisting Radicalisation Through Inclusion (DRIVE)

The DRIVE project explores the role of social exclusion in the context of radicalisation in Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands and the UK. The project will offer practical advice to policymakers on how to take into account social inclusion and social determinants of public mental health in policies to tackle radicalisation and to avoid the pitfalls of further alienating and marginalising communities.

Principal investigator UiO: Cathrine Thorleifsson

Where: C-REX - Center for Research on Extremism

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Period: 1 Jan 2021 – 31 Dec 2023

Research and Innovation Action (partner): Trust in Governance and Regulation in Europe (TIGRE)

TiGRE provides an encompassing and coherent analytical framework for the study of trust relationships in governance. It studies trust among actors of regulatory regimes, such as regulators, political, administrative and judicial bodies, the regulated industries, service providers and their interest organisations, consumers and other societal interests, as well as citizens at large.

Principal investigator UiO: Tobias Bach

Where: ARENA Centre for European Studies

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Period: 1 Jan 2020 – 30 Sep 2023

Research and Innovation Action (partner): Policy, Expertise, and Trust in Action (PERITIA)

PERITIA investigates the conditions under which people trust expertise used for informing public policy. The project will investigate and compare the existing systems through which experts assume an advisory role in policy-making decisions in some selected European countries; the role of digital media in establishing, enhancing or diminishing the levels of trust in experts; the psychological mechanisms of trust in experts,  social indicators of experts’ trustworthiness, and the emotional and cognitive components of trusting behavior; the ethical requirements of trustworthy expertise; and the extent to which Citizen’s Fora of deliberation where representative groups from the general public and experts, policy-makers and journalists meet can generate trust and trustworthiness.

Principal investigator UiO: Cathrine Holst

Where: Department of Sociology and Human Geography 

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Period: 1 Feb 2020 – 31 Jan 2023

Research and Innovation Action (partner): Quantifying Migration Scenarios for Better Policy (QuantMig)

Principal investigator UiO: Steinar Holden 

Where: Department of Economics

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Period: 1 Feb 2020 – 31 Jan 2023

Coordination and Support Action (partner): Differentiation: Clustering Excellence (DiCE)

DiCE’s overarching objective is to ensure that state-of-the-art research on differentiation is properly translated into policy-relevant advice and made readily accessible to policy-makers at European, national and regional levels of governance and society, better preparing the EU for future differentiation scenarios. The open and inclusive network will become the ‘Who’s Who’ of researchers working on differentiation and the dynamics of European integration. The project brings together the coordinators of three successful Horizon 2020 projects on differentiation (EU3D, EU IDEA and InDivEU) and thus creates an unique cluster of excellence. 

Principal investigator UiO: John Erik Fossum

Where: ARENA Centre for European Studies

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Period: 1 Jan 2020 – 31 Dec 2022


Research and Innovation Action (coordinator): Reconsidering European Contributions to Global Justice (GLOBUS)

Scientific Coordinator: Helene SjursenARENA Centre for European Studie
Period: 1 Jun 2016 – 31 May 2020

Research and Innovation Action (partner): Dialogue about Radicalisation and Equality (DARE)

Principal investigator UiO: Graham MacklinC-REX - Center for Research on Extremism
Period: 1 May 2017 – 31 Oct 2021

Coordination and Support Action (partner): Fostering Synthetic Biology standardisation through international collaboration (BioRoboost)

Principal investigator UiO: Ana DelgadoTIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture
Period: 1 Oct 2018 – 30 Sep 2021

Research and Innovation Action (partner): Competing Regional Integrations in Southeast Asia (CRISEA)

Principal Investigator UiO: Kristian StokkeDepartment of Sociology and Human Geography
Period: 1 Nov 2017 – 28 Feb 2021 

Research and Innovation Action (partner): Transmitting Contentious Cultural Heritages with the Arts (TRACES)

Principal investigator UiO: Arnd SchneiderDepartment of Social Anthropology
Period: Mar 2016 – Feb 2019

Research and Innovation Action (partner): Growth, Equal Opportunities, Migration, Markets (GEMM)

Principal investigator UiO: Gunn Elisabeth BirkelundDepartment of Sociology and Human Geography
Period: 1 Sep 2015 – 31 Dec 2018

Research and Innovation Action (partner): Investigating the Impact of the European Union (I3U)

Principal investigator UiO: Fulvio CastellacciTIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture
Period: 1 Mar 2015 – 30 Sep 2018

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