Consumption Research Norway (SIFO) is a non-profit, transdisciplinary research institute at the Centre for welfare- and labor Research (SVA) at the Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences. SIFOs research aims to understand the role of consumption and consumers in society and to provide the knowledge basis for public consumer policy in Norway. SIFOs research is financed partly by a state budget grant, partly through project grants from Norwegian Research Council and the EU (Horizon 2020 program).
SIFO cooperate closely with other Norwegian and European research institutes and universities as well as with organizations like the Consumer Council of Norway and authorities like the Norwegian Consumer Ombudsman. SIFOs researchers publish in international academic journals, in Norwegian language reports, and are frequently present in public media.
SIFOs have a history way back into the 1930thies and the birth of home economics. Until recently laboratory work and product testing was a central part of its operations. Today there are no laboratories left and the institute staff consists mainly of social scientists. Some of them though have double competences, e.g. in ethnography and textile sciences, or in sociology and engineering.
SIFO has currently 40 employees, 30 of which are researchers.
Current research themes
- Household economy
- Consumer policy
- Sustainable consumption
- Digital everyday life
- Food systems and food consumption
- Cloths and textile consumption