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About NOVA

NOVA is one of the largest social research institutes in Norway. The institute conducts research on different aspects of society and the welfare state. We focus on the whole range of the life course: from the early years to the later life.

From 1 januar 2014 NOVA became a part of Oslo and Akershus College of Applied Sciences and Centre for Welfare and Labour Research.

NOVA's research is centered around Norwegian society, but international projects form a growing and important addition. The aim of the institute is to develop knowledge and understanding of social conditions and processes of change. We focus on issues of life-course events, level of living conditions and aspects of life-quality as well as on programmes and services provided by the welfare system.

Within its fields NOVA performs research assignments commissioned by public and private sector clients. Research conducted at NOVA is of a excellent international standard. The institute is the leading national research institute on child welfare, youth, ageing and the elderly.

Key Research Areas

  • Childhood and child welfare
  • Youth
  • Ageing and the life-course
  • Family
  • Social security and social assistance
  • Housing
  • Migration
  • Welfare state
  • Health and welfare

Key Contacts at NOVA

Director: Iver B. Neumann, e-mail: iver.neumann@nova.hioa.no
Head of Administration: Elsbet Vestvatn, +47 99 28 83 96, e-mail: elsbet.vestvatn@nova.hioa.no

NOVA is organized into five departments

  • Department of Childhood, Family and Child Welfare Research
    Research Director: Marianne Dæhlen, +47 95 11 77 88
  • Department of Youth Research
    Research Director Guro Ødegård, +47 99 02 49 22
  • Department of Health and Welfare Studies
    Research Director: Are Haug, +47 46 41 05 37)
  • Department of Ageing Research and Housing Studies
    Research Director: Hans Christian Sandlie, +47 92 48 35 47
  • Administration Department
    Head of Administration: Elsbet Vestvatn, +47 99 28 83 96
    Acting Finance Manager: Renate Mundheim, +47 93 45 15 37


See NOVA's involvement in International and European projects and networks, 2009-2017

NOVA Strategy 2015-2018

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OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University, div. NOVA, Postboks 4 St. Olavs plass, 0130 Oslo, Norway (mail address)
Stensberggata 26, 0130 Oslo (visiting address)

Telephone: +47 67 23 50 00

E-mail: postmottak@nova.hioa.no

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