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Published Sep. 7, 2018 2:27 PM

"Having goals for the future is important, but if they remain nothing more than targets and objectives, we'll never get there". In her presentation at the University of Oslo’s 207th Anniversary celebration September 3, 2018, Professor Karen O´Brien got people thinking about the relationship between time and sustainability. 

Published Aug. 31, 2018 8:58 AM

Rogers Brubaker has recently started his 4-year position as Eilert Sundt Professor II at the Department of Sociology and Human Geography. He will hold three public lectures during the two first weeks of September, as well as participating in several internal research seminars.

Published Aug. 21, 2018 11:04 AM

In this open access article Karen O´Brien argues that hitting the 1,5°C target is possible, but only if we stop treating climate change as a technical problem. 

Published Aug. 21, 2018 10:38 AM

Special Issue with 20 cutting-edge review articles providing insight on ways to bend emission curves, protect societies from climate impacts, and ensure well adapted and thriving societies. 

Published June 7, 2018 8:35 AM

Gunn Birkelund will speak at the INAS 2018 Conference at Stanford this week. The topic for her talk will be the field experiments of hiring processes across the world.

Published Mar. 8, 2018 9:40 AM

The #Metoo campaign that swept across Norway and the world before Christmas is part of what is called the fourth wave of feminism. Sociology professor Cathrine Holst thinks the women in today's women's struggle seem to be more united than they were at the turn of the millennium.

Published Feb. 26, 2018 3:28 PM

The 5th Nordic Conference on Climate Change Adaptation will be held in Norrköping, Sweden 23-25 October 2018. 

Published Feb. 5, 2018 11:34 AM

- We can reduce our vulnerability to extreme weather, says Karen O'Brien. She was a key member of a group of researchers who contributed crucial knowledge to the climate panel, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Published Jan. 5, 2018 11:22 AM

When professor Willy Pedersen started researching in the 1980s everyone thought that harsh penalties were the solution. Now, The Liberal Party of Norway, The Conservative Party of Norway, The Norwegian Labour Party and The Norwegian Socialist Left Party all agree that drug policy needs to be changed.

Published Dec. 21, 2017 10:24 AM

We congratulate Marianne Nordli Hansen on receiving FRIHUMSAM research funding for the project Paradoxes of wealth and class: historical conditions and contemporary configurations.

Published Oct. 26, 2017 2:41 PM

AdaptationCONNECTS in collaboration with the wider climate research group at the Department of Sociology and Human Geografi, UiO, participated at the Science Fair 2017 in Oslo with the stand:  “Climate. Cacao. Coffee. What is important to you?”

Published Oct. 26, 2017 12:53 PM

In this conversation with Evolve Karen O'Brien highlights the importance of linking personal and structural transformation. In particular she calls for increased focus on what role humans can have in system change.  

Published Sep. 15, 2017 1:37 PM

In her book “$2 a day: Living on almost nothing in America”, Kathryn Edin depicts the lives of families living in desperate poverty. On Tuesday 19th September, she will explain how people manage to survive without cash in todays’ USA.

Published Sep. 12, 2017 9:23 AM

Professor Grete Brochmann has been recommended for the award of 'Doctor Honoris Causa' by the Academic Council of Roskilde University.

Published Aug. 25, 2017 11:59 AM

"Oslo is in many ways an ethnic city in which a large part of the city's non-western immigrant population has settled it’s eastern districts. It would not be unreasonable to think that children of non-western immigrants who have grown up in multicultural neighbourhoods feel strongly attached to these," says Pål Oskar Hundebo.

Published Aug. 7, 2017 4:17 PM

Action Research is inviting articles for the special issue: Climate Change and Action Research: Creating Transformative Knowledge With Stakeholders.

Published July 6, 2017 1:20 PM

The AdaptationCONNECTS project is looking for a Postdoctoral Fellow. Want to work with us and explore the role of art in adaptation processes? Apply before 15 August. 

unemployed minorities
Published May 2, 2017 2:36 PM

People who are unemployed often have difficulties getting back into the labor market, particularly if the unemployment spell is long-lasting. - But how is the situation for unemployed minorities? Are they doubly disadvanted in the job market? 

Opinion pieces by students in SOSGEO 2301.
Published Apr. 26, 2017 1:46 PM

What matters to us? What kind of future do we want? How can we get there as a society? These questions formed the foundation of a writing assignment in the bachelor level course “Environment and Society” . Their thought-provoking texts are now presented in Taking a Stand: Students’ Perspectives on Environmental Issues (PDF)

Published Apr. 10, 2017 11:47 AM

Watch Karen O’Briens keynote speech at the Ecological Challenges 2017 conference at the University of Oslo.

Published Feb. 24, 2017 10:50 AM

Apollon research magazine asked three renowned researchers what it takes to make the world greener and the role of innovations within social sciences and law. 

Published Feb. 23, 2017 10:46 AM

Fast track Special Issue on 1.5°C climate change research and social transformation to support IPCC Special Report.

Published Feb. 15, 2017 11:13 AM

Karen O'Brien has written an article in Tvergastein Issue 8 under the theme "Something to Declare: Unpacking Travel". 

Published Feb. 10, 2017 2:01 PM

This PhD course explores the relationship between adaptation and transformation, two concepts that are key to understanding societal responses to climate change. 

Published Feb. 3, 2017 9:37 AM

- Many people believe that major social change must start from above. But historically we see that such changes have often started small, says Karen O'Brien, professor of Human Geography at the Department of Sociology and Human Geography.