The Quality of Life Agenda in Norway – Master’s Week 2020

Date: 10 February 2020
Time: 12:00-13:00
Venue: Bergen Global, Jekteviksbakken 31

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In this Masters’ Week lunch seminar Aurora Telle (University of Copenhagen, Department of Political Science) will discuss her research findings about the quality of life agenda in Norway.

Aurora’s thesis explores the historical and intellectual roots of the contemporary quality of life agenda in Norway. Political interest in using quality of life to assess societal progress has risen dramatically over the past decade. Yet despite being labelled the happiest region in the world, Scandinavian authorities were long opposed to using new quality of life measures as a guide to public policy. This was true until 2018, when an unanimous Norwegian parliament decided to introduce new quality of life indicators. How welfare is measured will affect how welfare is made. But while indicators hold an increasingly important role in the political sphere, their use and creation is rarely transparent or public.

Her presentation will be followed by a discussion with Thor Olav Iversen (Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities), moderated by Siri Gloppen (Professor of Comparative Politics, and CMI-UIB LawTransform Director).

Coffee, tea and light refreshments will be served. The event is free and all are welcome to attend!