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?

News about global studies

New PhD: Kristin Dalen on views on welfare in China

Wednesday, 16 June 2021

On June 17, 2021 Kristin Dalen will defend her doctoral thesis for the PhD Degree at the University of Bergen. The title of the thesis is "Chinese Views on Welfare: Social Policy and Political Support".

Moving on to Europe: a doubtful idea for many Syrian refugees

Wednesday, 16 June 2021

This article investigates perceptions of secondary migration to Europe and North America among Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon, based on qualitative interviews conducted in 2019. Author Guri Tyldum describe the ambivalence many of these refugees express, when talking about moving on to Europe. The article demonstrates that secondary migration is not only associated with positive outcomes and suggests that there may be self-selection effects in what subgroups of refugees that end up seeking migration to Europe.

Updated report on labour trafficking

Wednesday, 09 June 2021

There is considerable knowledge about, and interventions that target, human trafficking and exploitation for prostitution. In labour trafficking, however, other actors are involved, the victims identified have more often been men, and assistance providers face other challenges than those that are known from trafficking for prostitution. Labour trafficking will also be encountered by other actors, and there is a considerable need for knowledge. This report is an updated summary of the original report Menneskehandel i arbeidslivet” [Labour trafficking”], published in 2019.

Ingunn Bjørkhaug defends her PhD on June 10th

Monday, 07 June 2021

Ingunn Bjørkhaug will have her trial lecture and public defence on Thursday 10 June at 10:00 o'clock, at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU). The title of the thesis is "Side by side, but far apart? Refugee–host relationships and narratives in a displacement economy". Everything will be broadcasted via Zoom, see NMBU's page for details.