Fafo Institute for Labour and Social Research
- Address :
- Borggata 2B, P.O. Box 2947 Tøyen
- 0608 Oslo
- Contact person :
- Line Eldring
- Phone: +47 22088701
- Fax: +47 22088700
Fafo was founded by the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO) in 1982 and was reorganised as an independent research foundation in 1993. Fafo conducts research on changes in living and working conditions, industrial relations, societal participation, democracy and development in a range of social and economic settings - in Norway, Europe and beyond. Fafo's ambition is to contribute to processes of social and economic development based on rigorous ethical and scientific standards.
Fafo is organised in two institutes: the Fafo Institute for Labour and Social Research and the Fafo Institute for Applied International Studies. We conduct commissioned research for a wide range of actors (trade unions, employers’ associations, government agencies, NGOs etc), combined with publicly financed scientific research (national and international research grants). Currently Fafo has 90 employees, of whom 77 are scientific staff (50 of them working at the Institute for Labour and Social Research), most of the researchers being sociologists, political scientists and economists.
Areas of expertise and competencies
The research activities of Fafo Institute for Labour and Social Research are concentrated in three main areas:
The focus areas of Fafo's trade union related research are the following:
3) Corporate governance, CSR, workers’ participation (contact person: Sissel Trygstad);
6) Pension schemes (contact person: Tove Midtsundstad).
Work programme, strategic plan, projects
See the information on Fafo’s website.
Publications, language, newsletter
Fafo publishes reports in Norwegian, English and occasionally in other languages. Most of the publications are available on Fafo’s website.
Fafo also publishes newsletters in a number of areas (in Norwegian).