Evaluation of the Humanities in Norway

Researchers from the humanities are valued very highly in the extensive evaluation of Norwegian humanities research.

The full scope of Norwegian humanities research has been evaluated for the first time in over 30 years. This is also the first time that the societal impact of the discipline and the interplay between research and teaching have been included in an evaluation of this type.

The evaluation was commissioned by the Research Council of Norway.

Over the past two years, 54 international peers organised into eight field panels have evaluated 2 300 researchers and 97 research groups in 36 organisations. The evaluation panels have provided a set of recommendations to the Government, the Research Council of Norway and the institutions themselves on how to target their future efforts.

This is what the international expert panels wrote abouit our researchers:

In general:

This is an impressive research centre in which historians play an important role in a strongly interdisciplinary setting. It has established itself as a top institution within Norway and is taking concerted strides to also become an internationally leading research institution. There is good evidence of strong research leadership and a sensible focus on a few areas of research. The research is demonstrably impact-oriented and is of the highest quality.

Impact factor

The centre’s research on Norwegian municipalities had a significant impact on parliamentary action, resulting in the rejection of a proposal to regulate the tasks of Norwegian municipalities in the constitution, and in an alternative proposal being put forward that is currently under consideration. The motion that was rejected was initially expected to pass by a two-thirds majority, but due to the research carried out by the centre and communicated to Parliament, 70% of MPs voted against it.

Read more here.


July 4, 2017, 2:14 p.m.

cp: 2017-11-19 14:16:50