Oslo (NOVA)

NOVANOVA is an internationally oriented social science institute under the auspices of the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research. NOVA conducts policy-oriented research into issues of comparative welfare policy, ageing and life courses, well-being and living conditions, children and young people at risk. The institute is committed to the dual aim of contributing to international scholarship in its fields and providing new and high-quality knowledge that can serve as a basis for well-founded policy choice and development. NOVA’s research is addressing issues of increasing relevance for the majority of European countries, like demographic ageing, cross-border mobility, ethnic diversity and inclusion in employment. NordForsk has granted NOVA the status as lead institution for a Nordic Centre of Excellence in Welfare Research (NCoE) for the period 2007-12. Eleven research centres and university departments across the Nordic countries are partners in the NCoE (www.reassess.no). Most of NOVA’s research is conducted on the basis of funding achieved in open competition with other institutions and corporations, both nationally and internationally. The funders are mainly government ministries and directorates, non-governmental non-profit organisations, and national and regional research councils. NOVA gives high priority to comparative and European research, has been involved in CINEFOGO, RECWOWE and CAPRIGHT under the 6th FP and is currently participating in the EUROCORES project LIFE TIMING, 7th FP projects MULTILINKS and DREAM.

Bjørn Hvinden

Bjorn HvindenProfessor, PhD (Sociology), is the Head of Research at NOVA. He has expertise in activation and employment policy, disability, ethnicity, exclusion and poverty, active citizenship, governance, self-organisation and civil dialogue. He has coordinated several European networks and projects and is currently directing the NCoE Welfare “Reassessing the Nordic Welfare Model” (NordForsk 2007-12).

Rune Halvorsen

PhD (Sociology), Researcher at NOVA. He has expertise in disability and employment policy, ethnicity, social regulation (esp. in the context of accessibility and availability of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) for persons with disability) and self-organisation among socially and economically disadvantaged groups. He recently coordinated an international network on legal and science approaches to ICT accessibility, funded by the Research Council of Norway, and participated in several European projects on ICT-accessibility; currently manager of the Norwegian part in DREAM.

Elisabeth Ugreninov

PhD-student (Sociology), Junior Researcher at NOVA. She has worked in Statistics Norway with the Norwegian part of EU-SILC and has contributed to NOVA-projects about how economic hardship of families impacts on children’s lives and how business cycles, occupational and family characteristics influence sickness absence. She is currently completing her PhD work on absence from work related to illness in a family and gender perspective. She is an expert on quantitative analysis.