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UiO:Nordic seeks to promote new and relevant knowledge about the Nordic Region and the Nordic in an international context.

UiO:Nordic aim to explore

Nordic countries in the world

  • Comparisons and contrasts between the Nordic countries, between the Nordic region and other countries and regions, and between institutions, practices and cultural expressions within these countries.

Nordic models, styles and traditions

  • How Nordic characteristics are constituted, discussed, utilized and criticized within various social, cultural and aesthetic areas.

History and preconditions

  • Historical commonalities, differences and preconditions in today's Nordic community

Sustainability and future opportunities

  • Political, economic and cultural globalization, migration, Europeanization and standardization present influences and challenges. Countries development and opportunities are not just about identifying problems and challenges, but also about studying shortfalls, solutions, adaptations and learning – across countries, regions and sectors.

The UiO:Nordic research projects

Nordic Welfare Developments (NoWeDe)

NoWeDe is studying how the welfare state originated historically in the Nordic (particularly the Norwegian) context, and about its potential emergence in developing countries in Africa and Latin America today.

Futuring Sustainable Nordic Business Models (Futuring Nordics)

Woods, windmill in the horizonThe aim of Futuring Nordics is to address the great challenges of globalization, digitalization, and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to Nordic businesses.

Nordic hospitalities in context of migration and refugee crisis (NORDHOST)

NORDHOST includes researchers from many disciplines to approach value issues connected to migration and hospitalities in the Nordics.

Nordic Branding

Nordic branding aims to investigate how the notion of the Nordic social model was created and then used in politics, law and trade.

Living the Nordic Model

Living the Nordic Model brings together scholars to study institutionalized childhoods of the Nordic countries and aims is to understand the history, present challenges and future sustainability of the lived Nordic model by contrastive and comparative research on the Nordic institutionalized childhoods.

The Nordic Education Model

NordEd is a comparative research project that aims to investigate the Nordic education model with emphasis on both current and historical aspects.

Renewing the Nordic Model (REN)

How to Forge a Cooperative Society in a Competitive World? - Testing Radical Interdisciplinarity.

The public sphere and freedom of expression in the Nordic countries 1815-1900

The project examines the historical preconditions for the emergence of freedom of expression and the public sphere in the Nordic region after 1815 in an international perspective.

Research hub

Reimagining Norden in an Evolving World (ReNEW) aims at developing path-breaking research on the Nordic region against the background of an increasingly challenging global context.

Workshops - scheduled and completed

The purpose of the workshops is to develop and refine ideas that can serve as a basis for the initiative’s thematic research groups.


In early 2018 UiO:Nordic established an interdisciplinary research network called Young:Nordic. This is a network for PhD Candidates, Postdoctoral Fellows and other emerging scholars, including advanced Master students.