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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

Short description

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:

Industrial relations and labour market policy

Welfare studies

Work, inclusion and competence

The focus areas of Fafo's trade union related research are the following:

1) Collective bargaining, trade union membership, trade union development, labour conflicts (contact persons: Kristine Nergaard, Bård Jordfald, Åsmund Arup Seip, Øyvind Berge)

2) Labour migration, minimum wage mechanisms, regulation of service mobility (contact persons: Jon Erik Dølvik , Line Eldring, Kristin Alsos);

3) Corporate governance, CSR, workers’ participation (contact person: Sissel Trygstad);

4) Occupational health and safety (contact persons: Mona Bråten, Anne Mette Ødegård, Jørgen Svalund);

5) Working time (contact persons: Heidi Nicolaisen, Dag Olberg);

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).

Other networks the institute is participating in

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