NATIONAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE with a regional perspective and international relevance

Our subject areas

Health and Welfare Studies
With basis in an interdisciplinary research environment, we aspire to work within different health- and welfare policy areas. Central fields are labour market policy, social policy and children- and family policy.
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Local Public Finance and Organisation
We offer research qualifications and advisory services on topics like local municipality structure, intermunicipal cooperation, government instruments and funding towards the municipality sector, adaptation work and economic management in the municipalities.
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Cultural Studies
We conduct research on cultural policy and cultural economics as well as implement evaluations and investigations of projects in the field of art and culture. Through our research we contribute to the knowledge base and offer critical perspectives on cultural policy.
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Regional Development
Regional development is about growth. The key question is: What makes places grow? The research on regional development focuses on identifying the underlying forces behind regional growth.
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Centre for nature and culturebased innovation
- with expert knowledge in sustainable location and industry development.
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Objectives, values and scientific profile

Telemark Research Institute (TRI) is an independent, regionally based research institute with clients and projects throughout Norway as well as internationally.

The institute is highly competitive in five academic areas: cultural policy research; rural, cultural and economic development; research on regional attractiveness; local public finance and organisation; and health and welfare studies. Some of this research is also of high international relevance.

TRI is an independent foundation employing about 30 researchers. Our clients are ministries, directorates, counties, municipalities, regional councils, companies and organisations from around the country, and we take part in European research projects as well. TRI provide applied research by combining practice-oriented knowledge with high scientific quality. Our research results are disseminated and utilised in society. Our goal is that our research will make a difference - knowledge can and must foster progress.

TRI receives annually about 10 % grants from the Research Council of Norway as a basic funding, and the institute is member of FFA (Association of Norwegian Research Institutes).

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