UiO recognises the fundamental role of interdisciplinary research in addressing the major challenges facing society today. To encourage top level academic collaboration, new interfaculty research programmes have been established.
Central research themes are multi-level governance and democracy, cultural preconditions, constitutional governance and democratic participation.
Teacher training programmes are placing increasing emphasis on academic values and research links. Key areas of research include the place of sciences and languages in education and school governance, management and organisation.
Kultrans investigates processes of change in society – similarity and difference, continuity and disruption, tradition and innovation – within different contexts of communication and opinion and in different cultures.
LEVE researches complex problems in developing countries. Examples may relate to environmental change, global warming, changes in population patterns, migration and urbanisation.
Environmental change and energy-related issues represent some of the most significant challenges facing the world today, and climate change is expected to have a range of social, economic and ecological consequences.
Research in this field increases knowledge concerning the creation, development and functions of life - issues that are importance for health and quality of life, as well as for the environment and industrial development.