Norwegian Institute for Social Research

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Not to be confused with Norwegian Social Research.

The Norwegian Institute for Social Research (Norwegian: Institutt for samfunnsforskning, IFS) is a social science research institute based in Oslo, Norway.

It was founded in 1950 by Vilhelm Aubert, Arne Næss, Eirik Rinde, and Stein Rokkan.[1] It cooperates closely with the University of Oslo and the Research Council of Norway, but is a contract-based research institute. It publishes the journal Tidsskrift for samfunnsforskning.

The institute is divided into five research fields, each with its own research director. They are Bernt Aardal (Political institutions, voting and public opinion), Erling Barth (Employment and working conditions), Mari Teigen (Gender and society), Bernard Enjolras (Civil society in transition) and Hilde Lidén (International migration, integration and ethnic relations). In total, the institute employs 52 researchers. Its board of directors consists of Anne Kari Lande Hasle, Aanund Hylland, Dag Album, Eivind Smith, Terje Hauger, Pål Schøne and Ragnhild Steen Jensen.


  1. ^ Beer, Nicolai. "History of the ISF". Institute for Social Research (official site). Archived from the original on 3 August 2007. Retrieved 28 April 2007.