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Jon Erik Dølvik

Research professor, emeritus

Dølvik has worked at Fafo since he started as a research assistant in 1983. In his work as research director and head of research, he has played a key role in developing comparative Nordic and European labour research at Fafo.

After recently moving into a freer affiliation in retirement, he participates as an hourly paid senior researcher on individual projects in addition to providing guidance, advice, and lectures.

He is currently working on the project ShipGlobal (RCN project on European shipbuilding), and in recent years he has worked on projects on the future of Nordic models (NordMod-2030), the future of work (Nordic Future of Work), collective bargaining coverage in the Nordic countries (Ministry of Labour) and trends in working life and welfare policy towards 2035 (NAV).

He has also participated in the development of the RCN projects "Nordic labour market models facing pandemic crisis" and "The Impact of Digitalization on Work and Labour Markets in the Nordics and the U.S."


Dr. philos. in sociology, University of Oslo.

Area of work

European integration

Current projects

Nordic labour market models facing pandemic crisis
The project study labour market consequences of the COVID 19 epidemic. What are the impact and adjustments made to the labour market, its institutions, the regulations and measures used?
Ship Global

The primary aim is to study the reconfiguration of employers' production and staffing strategies within a global but regionally concentrated industry from a comparative perspective and to develop a conceptual understanding of how transnational shifts in production and staffing strategies are negotiated inside the EU/EEA. Secondary objectives include: 1) to investigate how national sectoral industrial relations systems influence and are influenced by such changes in transnational production and staffing strategies; 2) to trace how technological innovations influence employer strategies; 3) to assess how EU level Social Dialogue and re-regulations impact the relationship between production and staffing strategies in different corners of the Single Market.

The Impact of Digitalization on Work and Labour Markets in the Nordics and the U.S.

In cooperation with the University of Gothenburg, Michigan State University, and MIT, we will examine ongoing restructuring processes related to digitalization of work in Norway, Sweden and the U.S, the effects on labour market institutions and vice versa.

Fafo publications

Articles and book chapters

Other publications

Completed projects

The future of work

Major changes in technology, economic contexts, workforces, and the institutions of work have come in ebb and flow since well before the first industrial revolution in the 18th century. Yet, many argue that the changes we are currently facing are different, and that the rise of digitalized production will entirely transform our ways and views of work.

Sharing economy - a Nordic pilot study

In this project we will explore how changes associated with the “sharing economy”, or better coined “the intermediation economy”, can be expected to influence workers' rights and labor markets in the Nordic countries.


Since 2010 Fafo Institute for labour and social research and the Frisch center for economic research has cooperated on a joint research program about labour migration to Norway, funded by the Norwegian ministry of labour. The main purpose of the research programme is to develop better understandings of the factors which influence flows of labour migrants to Norway, the development of wages and working conditions among labour migrants, and how labour migration affects the Norwegian labour market and economy. The research questions will be analyzed from different disciplinary perspectives and using different data sources. Sociologists, economists and lawyers participate in the project, and the empirical analyses are based on linked administrative registers, quantitative surveys and qualitative interview data.

Temporary employment

The aim of this comparative project is to study how temporary employment influences people’s employment careers and their chances of achieving a permanent establishment in the labour market.

Free movement in the enlarged EU/EEA

In this application we propose an interdisciplinary and comparative project, the main objective of which is, in a Nordic perspective, to analyse the development of a multilayered system of labour market governance in Europe, focussing in the interpla y between legal and institutional change at the supra-national and national levels in the current context of enlargement and deepened market integration in the EU/EEA.

Polsk innvandring til Vest-Europa og Norge

Study on westward labour migration within the enlarged EU/EEA, focusing on Polish migration to western Europe and in particular Norway.