Social Inequalities and Population Dynamics

The Research Unit of Social Inequalities and Population Dynamics aims to study social inequalities and population dynamics. 

The Research Unit aim is to contribute to the forefront of international research on social inequalities and population dynamics. Photo: Unsplash

About the Research Unit

We address core issues in sociology and pressing challenges in contemporary society. We have a particular focus on inequalities along dimensions such as immigration and ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic origins. We study issues such as education and intergenerational mobility; labor markets and ethnic discrimination in employment; segregation processes in schools, neighborhoods, and workplaces; and family change, fertility, and broader population dynamics. Our key focus is on the Norwegian welfare-state society, but we strive to situate Norway within the comparative context of other rich, developed countries.

Our aim is to contribute to the forefront of international research on social inequalities and population dynamics. We strive for academic excellence in terms of producing high-impact substantive knowledge, theoretical innovation, and the use of state-of-the-art quantitative methodology.

In an evaluation of all social science disciplines in Norway from 2018 (SAMEVAL), our group was rated as “Excellent” (the highest grade) by an international expert panel appointed by the Research Council of Norway, and described as:

Probably the best research group in Norwegian sociology. It is internationally competitive, its members publish high-quality articles in renowned international journals, with original and theoretically grounded ideas, advanced statistical methods, and high societal relevance. Overall, it produces frontline research.


We take an active part of the teaching and supervision at ISS. The group’s members teach at the quantitative methods courses at all levels and are responsible for several theoretical and substantive courses, such as social inequalities and population dynamics.

Group members provide student supervision on these and related topics at the BA, MA, and PhD levels.

Published Feb. 15, 2019 10:33 AM - Last modified Feb. 15, 2019 10:33 AM