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

We are among the largest research initiatives in the world on the Nordic region and Nordic issues, and currently have 10 large research groups.

We also support other relevant research on the Nordic within the University of Oslo.

UiO:Nordic research groups

Nordic Civil Societies

Image may contain: Event, Room, Table, Black-and-white.The research group "Nordic Civil Societies: Global, transnational and regional interactions since after 1800" studies the role of civil societies in "Norden" and the "Nordic model."

Nordic Reactions to the Climate Crisis

Bildet kan inneholde: Tre, Vegetasjon, Natur, Branch, Stamme.

The research group "The Ambivalence of Nordic Nature: Gift. Guilt. Grace" will study our ambivalent relationship with nature, alternating between destruction and recreation, shame and freedom, guilt and grace.


Bildet kan inneholde: transportmiddel, gate, kjøretøy, fotgjenger, lane."Nordic Welfare Developments (NoWeDe)" is studying how the welfare state originated historically in the Nordic context, and about its potential emergence in developing countries in Africa and Latin America today.

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" studies institutionalized childhoods in the Nordic countries. It aims to understand the history, present challenges and future sustainability of the lived Nordic model.

Futuring Nordics

The aim of "Futuring Sustainable Business Models (Futuring Nordics)" is to adress the great challenges of globalization, digitalization, and the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to Nordic businesses.


"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.


The research group "Nordic hospitalities in a context of migration and refugee crisis (NORDHOST)" aims to approach value issues connected to migration and hospitalities in the Nordic region.

The Public Sphere

The project "The Public Sphere and Freedom of Expression in the Nordic Countries 1815-1900" examines the historical preconditions for the emergence of freedom of expression and the public sphere in the Nordic region after 1815 in an international context.


"Renewing the Nordic Model (REN)" aims to shed new light on the cultural, economic and political mechanisms of the Nordic cooperation model. 

UiO:Nordic aims 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 communities.

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.

Research hub - ReNEW

UiO:Nordic is a partner in the consortium "Reimaging Norden in an Evolving World" (ReNEW). It aims to develop ground-breaking research on the Nordic region against the background of an increasingly challenging global context.

Young:Nordic - network for Ph.D. and Postdocotral Fellows

Young:Nordic is a network for PhD Candidates and Postdoctoral Fellows and other emerging scholars, including advanced Master students.


Workshops - 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.