CEDIC is an Excellent Academic Environment at OsloMet with the mission to produce groundbreaking research, provide training and advancement of mid- and early stage researchers, and provide a fertile student environment for PhD and MA students.

The centre’s main goal is to develop multi-disciplinary knowledge about the relationship between digitalisation and the provision of welfare services, and the risks of exclusion from the opportunities to enjoy full and effective social citizenship. CEDIC will examine how processes of digitalisation influence the provision of welfare state services, and the ability of citizens at risk of social exclusion to access, use and benefit from these services. The core issue is how digitalisation modifies the capabilities of different social groups and individuals to exercise social citizenship.

The centre is composed of research groups co-located at the centre’s premises at OsloMet. The university has Norway’s largest and strongest scientific community in welfare policy research in Norway, combining fundamental research with the aim of improving scientific theories and applied research with more immediate relevance for policymakers.

OsloMet has unique legal expertise on vulnerability and a strong technology environment, where designers and product developers continuously study and deliver innovative digital solutions for the welfare state. Bringing these competences together ensures that CEDIC’s research will be both scientifically groundbreaking and relevant for a wide spectrum of stakeholders and end users.

During 2021-2024, CEDIC will combine and consolidate existing strong research environments at the university, creating a new trans-disciplinary centre that will become an internationally leading research environment in the study of digitalisation of public services and citizenship.

CEDIC will contribute new knowledge to implement the key principle of the Sustainable Development Goals that «no one be left behind», as well as the overarching principle of non-discrimination expressed in all UN human rights conventions, the ECHR and in the EEC law.