INTEGRATE meeting 12.10.20

After a successful expert panel meeting, we now turn our attention to our next meeting. For this, we have invited guests outside of the core-research group to learn about relevant developments within the research field. These guests will get to present their work and learn more about what we do in INTEGRATE. We look forward to exciting presentations!

Expert Panel Meeting 15.09.20

On Tuesday 15.09.20 we will arrange our first wholly digital expert panel meeting in INTEGRATE! The program includes a key-note speech by professor Stephen P. Osborne on «Public innovation and marginalized groups», as well as two parallel sessions for discussions on ongoing research.

INTEGRATE look forward to this opportunity to meet with international peers and discuss our work.

Ph.D position in INTEGRATE

Do you want to be our colleague? INTEGRATE is seeking a new Ph.D-candidate candidate with a relevant background, for example, Sociology, Political Science, Public Administration, Organisation Science, Health Sciences, or Social Work.

The position belongs to the ‘Organizing for Outcome’ – O4O – project funded by the Research Council of Norway. The position is located at OsloMet’s Centre for the Study of Professions (SPS). Read more about the position HERE. The application deadline is 15.09.2020.

Spread the good news to potential candidates!

Har du lyst til å bli vår kollega? Vi søker en stipendiat til prosjektet ‘Organizing for Outcome’ – O4O med relevant bakgrunn i for eksempel sosiologi, statsvitenskap, offentlig administrasjon, organisasjonsvitenskap, helsefag eller sosialt arbeid.

Arbeidssted Senter for profesjonsstudier (SPS) på OsloMet. Du kan lese mer om stillingen HER. Søknadsfrist 15.09.2020.

Spre gjerne til aktuelle kandidater!

KAI-paper on networked employment services

Tone Alm Andreassen, Therese Saltkjel, and Eric Breit have published a new KAI-paper. Here, they present five experiences from their work with networked employment services. It is in Norwegian and partly based on this article presented previously on the blog.

Tone Alm Andreassen, Therese Saltkjel, og Eric Breit har skrevet en KAI-kronikk om sine erfaringer med interorganisatoriske samarbeid knyttet til arbeidsinkludering. Den inneholder fem punkter som kan være relevant for praktikere og forskere som vil forstå forskningsfronten bedre. Den er delvis basert på deres nye artikkel som du kan lese om HER.

Two new projects coming to INTEGRATE!

The Research Council of Norway has granted support for two research projects tied to INTEGRATE. «Organising for Outcome» led by Tone Alm Andreassen and «Engage» led by Eric Breit.

«Organising for Outcome» (O4O) will study service integration and transitions to employment for citizens with complex service needs. The project answers a need for research on coordination and cooperation across professions and services aimed at groups on the margins of the labour market.

In addition to Tone, core group members of INTEGRATE such as Espen Dahl, Therese Saltkjel, Kjetil A. van der Wel, Eric Breit, and Trond Petersen, as well as international collaborators Renate Minas and Flemming Larsen, will participate in 040.

«Engage», aims to develop new knowledge about how small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) can contribute successfully to the sustained workplace inclusion of vulnerable citizens, and can be supported effectively in doing so.

In addition to Eric, Øysten Spjelkavik of the INTEGRATE core group, and international collaborators Rik van Berkel and Nicolette van Gestel will participate in Engage.

New research from INTEGRATE

Tone Alm Andreassen, Eric Breit, and Therese Saltkjel just published a systematic review on research approaches to networked employment services. It was published in «Social Policy & Administration» on 01.04.20 and you can find it HERE.

The abstract:

Research on networked services aimed at the (re)employment of groups marginalised from the labour market has gained momentum in different scholarly traditions (e.g., public administration, healthcare and social policy), but the topic remains somewhat fragmented. In this paper, we systematise and synthesise this research with the aim of outlining distinct research approaches, facilitating increased cross‐disciplinary understandings and promoting interdisciplinary research. Based on a systematic review of the literature (1990–2018, = 273), we highlight four dominant research approaches: rehabilitation, disability, welfare and governance. We show that these research approaches involve distinct conceptualisations of labour market inclusion, networked services and the target groups. Nevertheless, the research approaches also apply similar terms and concepts (e.g., partnership, collaboration) but with different (more or less implicit) connotations, which lead to fragmentation. We do not suggest that there be a unified use of concepts across traditions; however, we argue for the necessity of increased awareness of the similarities and differences between these research traditions in order to increase understanding of the networked employment services available to marginalised groups.


OsloMet’s Centre for Work Inclusion (KAI), publish papers relevant to INTEGRATE’s research. This is a list of papers by members of our core group.

KAI-kronikkene er skrevet av forskere ved OsloMet som arbeider med og forsker på temaer relatert til arbeidsinkludering. Dette er kronikker skrevet av medlemmer i kjernegruppen til Integrate:


Tone Alm Andreassen and Øystein Spjelkavik: Bedre kompetanse i arbeidsinkluderingen

Magne Bråthen, Espen Dahl and Åsmund Hermansen: Den lange veien mot «selvhjulpenhet»

Ivar Lødemel: Ein nasjonal strateg i sosialt arbeid

Espen Dahl og Jon Ivar Elstad: Hva skyldes helseulikheter i Oslo?

Kjetil A. van der Wel og Knut Halvorsen: Har oljen svekket arbeidsmoralen i Norge?


This is the blog of INTEGRATE, a core research group aimed at developing research-based and user-focused knowledge about coordinated assistance to enable integrated and coherent pathways to work for groups on the margins of the labour market. You can read more about us HERE.

We use this blog to publish updates about our work and other relevant research for practitioners and scholars.