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Research on Welfare Services

The research group explores how welfare services in Norway and the Nordic countries changes due to societal challenges. Focus on userparticipation is for example of importance when street level bureaucrats work to implement inclusion within labourmarked and sivil society. The aim is to ensure good welfare services addressing contemporary problems.

The programme area is about social work and social policy in a local and international perspective, migration, family- and welfare politics, professions, users of the welfare state services, and research based innovation.

Main research questions are: How does migration and increasing pluralism effect the relationship between individualism and universalism in the Nordic welfare state? How can the family be a resource for good social work within different family regimes (defamilialized, partly defamilialized, refamilialized, and familialized)? How can comparative studies within the service areas of drug/alcohol abuse, immigration, disabilities, and child welfare contribute to theoretical developments regarding welfare and family regimes and the terms of professions as street level bureaucrats? How can NAV-employees in cooperation with users develop knowledge about what works for whom, in a way that ensures that the knowledge becomes a support for NAV caseworkers and cooperators in the health, social, and educational sectors, and in the working life? How does multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary cooperation, and cooperation with the private and civil sector, effect the professional work?

The project is divided into subproject, all being financed externally to greater or lesser degrees. Sources of finance are: NORFACE (European research cooperation), EU-Marie Curie, The Labour and Welfare Agency, The Research Council of Norway, and local financing via Universities in different parts of the world.