Norwegian Social Research

21. NOVA

NOVA ( is an internationally oriented social science institute under the auspices of the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research. NOVA conducts policy-oriented research into issues of comparative welfare policy, ageing and life courses, well-being and living conditions, children and young people at risk. The institute is committed to the dual aim of contributing to international scholarship in its fields and providing new and high-quality knowledge that can serve as a basis for well-founded policy choice and development. NOVA’s research is addressing issues of increasing relevance for the majority of European countries, like demographic ageing, cross-border mobility, ethnic diversity and inclusion in employment. NordForsk has granted NOVA the status as lead institution for a Nordic Centre of Excellence in Welfare Research (NCoE) for the period 2007-13. Eleven research centres and university departments across the Nordic countries are partners in the NCoE ( Most of NOVA’s research is conducted on the basis of funding achieved in open competition with other institutions and corporations, both nationally and internationally. The funders are mainly government ministries and directorates, non-governmental non-profit organisations, and national and regional research councils.

The main tasks for NOVA are data collection and analyses within WP6 MISMATCH MOVE. NOVA will also be involved in WP2 DISSEMINATION and in WP11 HANBOOK.

NOVA has been involved in several projects under FP6 (CINEFOGO 2005-2009, RECWOWE 2006-2011 and CAPRIGHT 2007-2010) and FP7 (ALTERNATIVE 2012-2016, DREAM ITN 2011-2015, COPE 2012-2014, GGP 2008-2012, MULTILINKS 2008-2011) and is coordinating a FP7 project on the inclusion of persons with disabilities (DISCIT, 2013-2016). NOVA is also participating in the EUROCORES project LIFE TIMING in addition to other projects co-funded by the EC. NOVA was coordinating two major research projects on youth unemployment under FP4 and FP5: (1) Youth unemployment and marginalisation processes on the northern European periphery. Contract: SOE2-CT96-3025, 1997-1999, (2) Youth unemployment and social exclusion in Europe. Contract: SOE2 CT-98-2051, 2000-2002. Torild Hammer was leading and coordinating both projects.

Intellectual/ Academic Disciplines: Sociology, Life-course and Labour Market Studies.

Hammer, T. (ed). (2003). Youth unemployment and social exclusion in Europe. A comparative study. Policy Press.

Hammer, T. (2007). Labour market integration of unemployed youth from a life course perspective. The case of Norway. International Journal of Social Welfare, 249-257.

Hyggen, C. (2008). Change and stability in work commitment in Norway – from adolescence to adulthood. Journal of Social Policy, 37(1).

Hammer, T. & Hyggen, C. (2010). Lost in transition. Substance abuse and risk of labour market exclusion. Norwegian Journal of epidemiology, 20(1), 93–100.

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