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Terje Olsen

Research director


    PhD, Uppsala University, Department of Sociology

    Area of work

    Terje Olsen has extensive experience as a researcher. He has led and participated in a number of research projects on the welfare state's organization and working methods. He has been involved in working life studies, disability research, young people at risk of long-term exclusion, legal protection and security for vulnerable groups.

    Terje Olsen is editor-in-chief of Nordisk välfärdsforskning | Nordic Welfare Research.


    Current projects

    Editorial work, Nordic Welfare Research
    The journal publishes articles on a broad range of welfare and social policy issues concerning the Nordic welfare states, such as the living conditions and life situation of the population, employment and labor market inclusion, social services, care, health, disability.
    Microaggressions and the mental health of disabled youth

    Microaggression is the sum of remarks, derogatory comments, and negative reminders about being different. Disabled people In Norway are harmed by microaggression although the extent is not known. The project will develop knowledge about the forms of microaggression that affects young people with disabilities or chronic diseases. This has not been investigated before in Norway. International studies have shown links between microaggression and reduced mental health and social participation. The aim is to map expressions and forms of microaggression and study any consequences for the individual and for society.

    Evaluation: FOR ALLE

    A research-based evaluation of Sparebankstiftelsen SR-Bank’s initiative FOR EVERYONE! The evaluation will provide knowledge about the extent the donations reach the target groups, and what, if any, characterizes the projects that have good goal achievement.

    Developing equal and effective measures against violence and discrimination

    The aim of this research project is to further develop the knowledge of society's efforts against violence, violations and discrimination. Researchers from Fafo, Nordland Research Institute and NOVA/OsloMet collaborate on the accomplichment. The project will be carried out in 2022-2025 on behalf of The Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs (Bufdir).

    Welfare benefits - security under the law for persons with combined income

    In this project, we will investigate how NAV ensures predictability and equal treatment for service users in more marginal areas of the legal framework. We will do this by using decisions on sickness benefit, nursing benefits and parental benefits for people who combine income as workers, freelancers and self-employed. The purpose is to shed light on the challenges that arise for supervisors and case officers in NAV in the process from the user's first contact with NAV until a final decision is made.

    Taking a new grip - methods for including people with intellectual disbilities in work

    Innovation project. Stavanger municipality will create new possibilities for inclusion, self-determination and participation in work and activity for adults with intellectual disabilities.

    Food aid in Norway

    Fafo and ISF will together explore the Norwegian food aid system.

    Equal measures for a diverse society

    The diversity of the Norwegian population has received increasing attention in the development of public policy and services in recent decades. A diversity perspective implies an acknowledgement that the risk of violence and discrimination, the form and direction of the violations, as well as the victims' and practitioners' need for help, can vary between and within groups - based on constellations of and intersectional interaction between a number of dimensions of inequality and power, such as gender, age, social background, ethnicity, religion, functional ability, sexual orientation, etc.

    Other publications

    Completed projects

    Contribution to Oslo municipality's living condition evaluation project

    Evaluation of three concepts implemented as part of Oslo municipality's project on living conditions 2018-2019

    Evaluation - Child Welfare
    The aim of the project «Barnehjernevernet» (Children's Brain Protection Welfare Service) is to prevent, detect and offer assistance to children and young people who experience neglect, violence or sexual abuse.
    Is advertising practice in the municipalities a barrier to full-time culture

    The project will study the processes that lead to job advertisements in health and the care sector in the municipalities, especially part-time positions

    Training and learning outcomes in Kirkens SOS
    This study aims to support the Church SOS 'emergency telephone service's quality and training work. The main emphasis will be on volunteers' learning outcomes and the extent to which the introductory course is useful for the work the volunteer is to perform in the telephone and chat service. The study will also shed light on the perceived advantages and disadvantages of digital courses versus training courses with physical attendance.