NTNU Samfunnsforskning AS carries out research, development, dissemination and outreach related to humans and organizations. Much of our research concerns either sociopolitical issues or commercial development.
Sociopolitical projects involve relationships between individuals as well as between individuals and societal conditions. Key research topics include conditions related to people with disabilities and immigrants. Several of the academic units focus on conditions relating to children. This applies to children's growth and development, children in minority families, school and leisure activities for children, and the conditions for children within Norway's child protection services.
The national centre of expertise focuses on mental health services for adults. This unit is responsible for spreading information about mental health care to all the municipalities in Norway.
We conduct research to support business development through innovation, start-ups, and effective organization. Through the innovation programmes, we have established a forum for collaboration between students, researchers, and start-ups. We are also working on projects related to organizational analysis and organizational development, in both the private and the public sector. Several projects address organizational factors designed to increase safety and security, as well as to enable effective communication over long distances. This is also a key theme in the activities related to human spaceflight. In the European context, we have a special responsibility for follow-up of biological experiments conducted at the International Space Station.
Our activities are divided into six academic units:
We have an interdisciplinary staff of researchers with backgrounds in the social sciences, technology, natural sciences and humanities, and we are making vigorous efforts to develop projects across the boundaries of the academic units. In this way, we believe that we can contribute to new approaches to the development of knowledge in key areas of society. Our academic units work in close cooperation with related research groups at NTNU.