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Poverty Reduction and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The world faces a double challenge: to eradicate hunger and poverty and to stabilize the global climate before it is too late. Our focus is on undertaking critical, independent and high quality interdisciplinary and policy-related research on the challenges and dilemmas posed by poverty and sustainable development. We aim to better understand the persistence of poverty and vulnerability to hunger and famine in poor and middle-income countries.


About the group

This research group's aim is:

  • To undertake empirical studies in different countries with an emphasis on ‘the politics of everyday life’ and ‘policies in practice’
  • To study policies, programs and events that can be considered “promising” or even successful in improving the well-being of the poor and contributing to overall societal progress; 
  • To study the explicit role of institutions, politics and power in shaping and determining action by governments;
  • To critically assess what has been the impact of global ideas and values, including those emanating from the foreign aid discourse, on local policymaking in poor countries;
  • To study the impact of governance and institutional reforms and the process by which anti-poverty policy is formulated, articulated, legislated, delegated and implemented in middle-income and low-income countries;
  • To examine international development policy in the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) era. 

Specific focus areas/networks

Academic programmes and courses

Current courses:

Courses under planning:

  • New Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Global Governance and the SDGs (in partnership with Tsinghua University)
  • New MOOC on best practices and challenges on SDG implementation at national and local levels (in partnership with UNDP Oslo Governance Center) 
  • New teaching modules at the University of Oslo explicitly linked to the SDGs
Published Aug. 7, 2018 11:46 AM - Last modified July 4, 2019 1:40 PM


Group leader

Dan Banik

Assistant group leader

Nikolai Hegertun