Global studies
Fafo conducts research on the social, political and economic dimensions of governance, in particular the challenges to realising rights and responding to sources of insecurity. Our research seeks to better understand how individuals, households, communities and organisations are affected by and respond to violence and other sources of vulnerability. What are the social foundations of transition and conflict? How do people adapt? What are the implications for policy?

Decent Work

Job creation is one of the most pressing challenges confronting policymakers worldwide. Jobs complete with appropriate compensation, social security, ...

Responsible business

For more than a decade, Fafo's research into responsible business has focused on  business practice in its regulatory and social context, through ...

Peacebuilding and stabilisation

Fafo's research programme on peace and stabilization focuses on the dynamics and consequences of evolving doctrine and practice in peacekeeping, peacebuilding, and stabilization operations.

Global health

Fafo’s health-related research focuses on social dimensions of ill-health including inequity, vulnerability, coping strategies and adaptation. Our aim is to promote high-quality research ...


Fafo has been conducting activities in China since 1994 and developed close and constructive cooperation with Chinese institutions. Fafo’s research in China focuses on social, economic ...

Middle East and North Africa

Fafo’s research in the Middle East mainly revolves around people’s living conditions and livelihood strategies and how these are impacted by conflicts and rights. ...

Emerging economies

The rise of Emerging Powers, such as China, Brazil, Russia, India and Turkey, is changing the very dynamics and structure of international relations. ...

Sahel and Sub-Saharan Africa

Extensive fieldwork is a core component of our research in the Sahel and in Sub-Saharan Africa. Our researchers combine qualitative and quantitative methods to produce high-quality research ...

Global education and out-of-school children

Unesco’s Global Monitoring Report for 2014 shows that more than 50 million school-aged children still are out of school. ...

Violence and Conflict

How do violence and conflict impact individuals, communities and institutions?

News about global studies

How do Ukrainian refugees assess their own migration?

Friday, 25 November 2022

In 2022, a record number of people have fled the war in Ukraine and received temporary protection in other European countries. In this publication, Ida Kjeøy and Guri Tyldum describe how Ukrainian refugees in Poland and Norway think about migration and the option to return to Ukraine.

Watch again: How are refugees selected for resettlement?

Tuesday, 20 September 2022

The resettlement scheme is a method to find a durable solution for refugees. However, this is only available to a limited number of the refugees. The selection of these refugees is based on a set of vulnerability criteria. What is emphasized in this selection process – and is the system fair?

Mapping the "invisible": Life and work for 30 million Chinese domestic workers

Tuesday, 03 May 2022

Domestic labour is a fast-growing segment of the labor force in China and today may make up as many as 30 million people. A new survey amongst 2100 domestic workers in three Chinese cities (Beijing, Jinan, and Changsha) provides their socio-demographic and work profiles.

Niamey Conference sums up school research findings

Monday, 13 December 2021

From 13 to 14 of December in Niamey, a closing conference for Fafo and the Strømme Foundation's randomized controlled trial of a fast-school project in Niger is being held. The organizer is the University of Niamey. From the Norwegian side there will be video presentations from Anne Kielland, Andreas Kotsadam from Frisch, and Anne Breivik from the Strømme foundation. The project was supported under the Research Council's grant “Vision 2030”.