Welcome to CEDIC

The Center for Digitalization of Public Services and Citizenship (CEDIC) at Oslo Metropolitan University examines how processes of digitalization influence the provision of welfare state services, and the ability of citizens at risk of social exclusion to access and benefit from these services.

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CEDIC har en ledig phd-stilling innen tematikken ungt utenforskap. Søknadsfrist 17. juni

Det er ledig en treårig PhD-stipendiatstilling innenfor tematikken utenforskap, digitalisering, offentlige tjenester og sosialt medborgerskap ved Fakultet for samfunnsvitenskap. Tiltredelse i stillingen forutsetter opptak på doktorgradsprogrammet i samfunnsvitenskap på OsloMet. Stillingen vil tilhøre forskningssenteret for…

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To broaden our knowledge and awareness of social consequences of digitalization, we invite distinguished international and national researchers to give open guest lectures. You can usually attend the lectures both online and on campus.


The Digitalization of Public Services and Citizenship

Norway is one of the world’s most digitized countries. The population is increasingly connected through electronic platforms, and the transition from analogue to digital systems in the public administration, has a significant social impact. While new digital technologies can make public administration more cost-efficient and accessible, they can lead to a rise of new societal problems such as exclusion, marginalization and increased social differences. CEDIC aims to develop multi-disciplinary knowledge about the relationship between digitalization and the provision of welfare services, and the risks of exclusion from the opportunities to enjoy full and effective social citizenship.

CEDIC is organized in four research groups

Digitalization and social policy

Examining and cross-nationally comparing law and policy measures aimed to ensure that digitalization of public welfare services foster the exercise of full and effective citizenship for vulnerable persons.

Digitalization, ethics and law

Conducting cross-national comparisons of regulatory policies, legislation and human rights issues for vulnerable users of digitalized public welfare services and producing new knowledge on how legislation and policies in this policy domain are shaped, transformed and implemented in a multilevel governance system.

Digitalization and innovation processes

Tracing innovation processes in public welfare institutions by exploring how they come about and function in public services, as well as examining how different stakeholders interact with the reconfiguration of the welfare state through digitalization.

Digitalization and everyday life in welfare institutions

Exploring how digitalization affects the everyday life of actors in welfare institutions such as schools, nursing homes and child welfare institutions.

CEDIC hosts the National Research School on Digitalization, Culture and Society (DIGIT)

The research school DIGIT is a collaboration between seven Norwegian universities, one research institute and six partners from the public and private sectors. The school is funded by the Research Council of Norway and hosted by the center CEDIC at OsloMet. It offers a two-year programme of high academic quality and workplace relevance for PhD candidates or postdocs registered at Norwegian universities. 

The research school will accept twenty top qualified PhD candidates and postdoctoral fellows each year until 2028. The first class was enrolled autumn 2022.

By facilitating dialogues across these established fields of study, DIGIT will foster opportunities for new theorization and exchange about new research methods. The goal is to build capacity on new digital methodologies, such as digital ethnography, visual ethnography, digital narratives and big data analysis.

Reach out to CEDIC

Further questions? Want to contact us? Reach out to our team and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can!

Oslo Metropolitan University
Postboks 4, St. Olavs plass
0130 Oslo
Phone: 67 23 50 00

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