NTNU Social Research is a mission based research institute that develop and convey knowledge within a broad spectre of societal issues, vital to the development of our society. The institute was established as a joint stock company in 2004, as a continuation of activities within the research foundation Allforsk. The company is owned in its entirety by NTNU and works closely with professionals within different fields of expertise at NTNU.
The institute is an approved research organization and receives an annual basic grant from the Research Council of Norway. This is used for strategic development of research activity and competence building. The department offers decision-oriented and applied research and knowledge to clients in the public and private sector, nationally and internationally. The largest clients / sources of funding are public authorities (ministries and directorates), private business, non-profit organizations, the Research Council of Norway and the EU's research and innovation programs. Since 2008, NTNU Social Research has also operated a national competence center within mental health, which is funded by the Norwegian Directorate of Health.
NTNU Social Research seeks to create a broad academic environment without sharp boundaries between basic research and applied research. The research must be academically independent, innovative, socially relevant and maintain a high academic level. We place great emphasis on our research reaching out in peer-reviewed publications and forums. We take great pride in that our research contributes to societal development, and that our results are emphasized in policy formulation and in the societal debate. We work actively to disseminate our findings and analyzes to decision-makers and the general public through seminars, articles, scientific publications, reports and books.
The institue is based in Trondheim and has just over 100 employees. The department is organized into six research departments. Four of these are located at Dragvoll, while two of the departments are located in the center of Trondheim. The academic staff consists of researchers with a background primarily in sociology, social anthropology, political science, social economics and social geography, in addition to natural sciences and technology. The competence center's employees have experience from research, education and fields of practice. Most have a health professional, social science or communication professional background.
NTNU Social Research seeks to create a broad academic environment without sharp boundaries between basic research and applied research. The research must be academically independent, innovative, socially relevant and maintain a high academic level.
Strong professional results depend on competent employees who jointly develop both the professional and social environment in the workplace. The department works systematically with work environment development and is concerned with employee development and job satisfaction.
As an organization, NTNU Social Research is very concerned with social responsibility. The institute is "Miljøfyrtårn" certified. This means that we systematically work with environmental measures in everyday life and comply with the "Miljøfyrtårn"'s criteria within working environment, purchasing, energy, transport, waste, emissions and aesthetics. Being a "Miljøfyrtårn" is both about reducing the company's external environmental impacts, but also about the people and the the internal environment within the workplace.