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 aims to contribute to the forefront of international research on social inequalities and population dynamics.
About the Research Unit
Our research group includes sociologists, demographers, public policy researchers, and economists, through collaboration with the Frisch Centre. We aim to provide solid scientific evidence on major societal challenges in our time. Our projects combine basic research with research relevant for governance. In particular, we address challenges in contemporary society related to 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; crime and punishment; 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.
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” by an international expert panel appointed by the Research Council of Norway. The research group was described as:
“ ... 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.”
By emphasizing theoretical, substantive, and methodological collaboration across several disciplines, our goal is to build an internationally outstanding research environment with lasting impact on the social sciences in the 21rst century.
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.