Community work

Community work builds on the belief that together people can create and change social structures and contribute in creating better living conditions through social participation and collective action.

Community work comprises different approaches relating to the analysis of challenges and barriers for participation, at a local or structural level.

The research builds on fields of knowledge connected to social change and sustainability, social work, collective mobilization, active citizenship, public health and social entrepreneurship, in and outside the context of the welfare state.

The interplay between understanding and action is central in the research group, for instance through a focus on action research and asset-based approaches. The primary theme within the research group is to understand and describe social processes which can inhibit and/or allow for social participation.

The research group focuses on the following research areas:

  • Social work related to neighborhoods, local communities and housing
  • Social entrepreneurship and service innovation
  • Citizenship and barriers for participation
  • Co-production and the volunteer sector
  • Conditions for participation in relation to the areas of migration, gender and diversity
  • Public health
  • Welfare state approaches

Ongoing research projects

  • Nærmiljø og lokalsamfunn som fremjar folkehelse. Eit utviklingsprosjekt i samarbeid med Hordaland fylkeskommune.
  • Crossing the threshold from welfare to independence: transforming young migrants' experiences into principles for productive labour market participation (THRESHOLD).
  • Reproduktiv helse og migrasjon.
  • Det fleirkulturelle stabsfellesskapet i norske sjukeheimar: moglegheiter og utfordringar (MULTICARE).
  • Prioritizing Care: Emerging dilemmas in the Norwegian care service landscape. (PriCare).
  • Imagining Age-Friendly "communities within communities": International Promising Practices.
  • Insisterende praksiser: uformell tvang i helse- og omsorgstjenester til personer med utviklingshemming.
  • Changing Places: Unpaid care work in public places.
  • Exploring the inclusion of workers with disabilities in ordinary businesses as processes of organizational change and transformative equality: a relational perspective.
  • NAV prosjekt - Familiebasert arbeid i norsk velferdsregime.
  • Implementeringen av planen «Leve hele livet».
  • Finding strength in broken vessels: A resilience approach in exploring the effectiveness of the Balekane EARTH program for orphaned children in Botswana.
  • Are the benefits of programmed support for orphaned children in Africa sustained in adulthood? An inter-disciplinary follow up study with young adults in Africa.
  • Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) – a systematic critical review of the literature.
  • Atomkraftverkmotstanden i Lindås 1974, fortellingar om deltaking, mobilisering og organisering.
  • Erfaringskompetanseløftet. Integrering av erfaringskompetanse i psykisk helse- og rustjenester.
  • Integrering av erfaringskompetanse i offentlige psykiske helse- og rustjenester: en samskapende sosial innovasjon. PhD-prosjekt.
  • Bruk av sosiale medier blant ungdom med innvandrerungdom.
  • Helsefremmende miljø på sosiale medier. Eit utviklingsprosjekt under Program for folkehelse i kommunane.
  • 16 – kva no? Utvikling av helsefremmende tiltak for ungdom under Program for folkehelse i kommunane.
  • Sammen om nærmiljø og møteplassar. Eit utviklingsprosjekt under Program for folkehelse i kommunane.
  • Medverknad og deltaking for god trivsel og livskvalitet for alle barn og unge. Eit utviklingsprosekt under Program for folkehelse i kommunane.
  • Bruk av Asset Based Community Development i norske kommuner.
  • Home and (dis)continuity: Foster care for children with migrant backgrounds (HoMi)
  • Relational wellbeing in the lives of refugee young people in Finland, Norway and the UK (Drawing together)

Research group leader

bilde av Gudmund Ågotnes

Gudmund Ågotnes