CEDIC: Digitalisation and life-course inequalities

Are you interested in social, ethical, political or legal issues concerning digital citizenship and the digitalization of the public sector?

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. MA students who work on projects for CEDIC will be members of and participate in a multidisciplinary research team.

Research Centre for Digitalisation of Public Services and Citizenship (CEDIC) – OsloMet


The welfare state is undergoing an unprecedented structural transformation with increasing digitization of public services. These technological transformations have the potential to relocate life chances in ways that are likely to be asymmetrical in terms of who are able to benefit from them, raising concerns of access, de-humanization, effectiveness, equity, service provision and precision.

CEDIC aims to produce new knowledge about how the digitalization of public services impact different groups, such as the elderly, ethnic minority groups, persons with disabilities, and claimants and beneficiaries of means-tested social assistance. We combine sociological, psychological, philosophical, technical, legal and human rights perspectives, and are interested in how the provision of digital social services across the different welfare regimes of Europe.

Project description

Technological change has major implications for social inequality. Most of the research focuses on changes in skill requirements and labour market transformation. Yet, digitalization more than ever before has the potential to impact inequalities across a wide range of life domains and for different groups of societies. We invite MA students to examine how digitalization affects social inequalities.

For instance, students may address one of the following questions: Are gender inequalities intensified or alleviated by technological changes? Do digital technologies foster family relations across generations? What are the implications of changes in skills requirement at work for the reproduction of social inequality? Can elderly benefit from technological advancements or are they left behind? How does digitalization impact ethnic inequalities and segregation (e.g. language barriers, labour market integration)? How does digitalization of welfare state services influence people’s use and take up of their social rights?

Data sources: We have already collected 30 life-course interviews with men and women at risk of poverty and social exclusion in Norway. The data set covers a variety of interviewees between 25 and 75 years old. The data have been collected for the EUROSHIP project. (In Norwegian)

The students will be involved in summarizing and interpreting the data together with senior researchers in the EUROSHIP project, and will be invited to attend workshops with the other national research teams in the EUROSHIP project.

Number of students: 1-2 students (the students should be fluent in Norwegian)

Contact persons:

Professor Rune Halvorsen: rune.halvorsen@oslomet.no

Marit Haldar mariha@oslomet.no

Research assistant Maria Lokna: marialok@oslomet.no

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