UiO aims to make a significant contribution to the knowledge base that is needed in order to address the major global challenges of today.
Strategic research initiatives
How can a university best contribute to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals? Our students demand knowledge for creating a sustainable future.
The Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM) is a vibrant international research centre at the University of Oslo which promotes scholarly work on the challenges posed by sustainable development. SUM has an extensive network of national and international research partners, and works in close co-operation with researchers in the Global South.
The Oslo Academy of Global Governance is the University of Oslo's spearhead in developing knowledge for global governance in a rapidly changing world.
UiO is a member of the international university network "Scholars at Risk" promoting academic freedom and human rights of scholars.
Projects relevant to refugees and researchers at risk
Universities have produced the research that overwhelmingly shows there is no scientific ground for claiming that death penalty has a greater effect on homicides than long prison sentences.
NCHR is a part of the Faculty of Law, and is internationally recognised as a leading research institution in the field of human rights. Here you find qualified researchers in the fields of law, political science, philosophy and social anthropology. The Centre has international expertise and focus on different topics and geographic regions.
The Center for Research on Extremism, C-REX, is a cross-disciplinary center for the study of right-wing extremism, hate crime and political violence. It is a joint collaboration with five of the leading Norwegian institutions on extremism research. Internationally, the center will collaborate with three strong institutional partners.
HISP is a global cooperation between Health sciences and informatics which started up with a small capacity building project in South Africa in 1994. Their open source software, DHIS 2, is developed and distributed globally. The software is used in more than 40 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
Today ARENA is internationally recognised as an important research community engaged in the ongoing exploration of the processes of political change in Europe. ARENA is a multidisciplinary centre of basic research at the University of Oslo studying the evolving European political order.
Future Earth Norway is a platform for global environmental change and sustainability research in Norway, organized under the auspices of Future Earth. The aim is to provide knowledge to support and accelerate transformations to a sustainable world.The Department of Sociology and Human Geography at UiO hosts the secretariat of Future Earth Norway. The platform is open to researchers of all disciplines and societal partners.
STK is engaged in several bilateral research projects, are part of several international networks and have agreements for scholarly exchange. In addition the centre gives an international master degree in gender research.
The Centre was established in October 2014 with the aim to strengthen collaboration in global health research at the Faculty of Medicine.