Funded under the Research Programme on Societal Security and Safety (SAMRISK II), the centre will be named the Center for Research on Extremism (C-REX): Right-Wing Extremism, Hate Crime and Political Violence.
“The new centre will bolster research on and provide a firmer basis for preventing and dealing with this type of extremism,” says Arvid Hallén, Director General of the Research Council.
“Knowledge and insight can help to combat extremism,” says Norwegian Minister of Education and Research Torbjørn Røe Isaksen.
More knowledge needed
In its revised national budget for 2015, the Norwegian Storting allocated funding for a research centre focused on far-right extremism and related research areas. The point of departure is the terrorist attacks of 22 July 2011 on Oslo and Utøya island, events that brought to light the pressing need for insight into far-right extremism and dissemination of such knowledge.
“Knowledge and insight can help to combat extremism,” says Norwegian Minister of Education and Research Torbjørn Røe Isaksen. “Research and prevention are vital for safeguarding fundamental values such as democracy, human rights and societal security.”
The funding will commence in 2016 and comprise NOK 10 million per year. The centre is being established for an initial period of five years.
Broad national and international cooperation
The new research centre will be hosted by the University of Oslo (UiO), in cooperation with the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), the Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO), the Center for Studies of the Holocaust and Religious Minorities, the Norwegian Police University College, and the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment. Professor Tore Bjørgo will be the centre director.
Several dynamic international research groups will be involved in the centre’s activities. Partners include the University of St Andrews in Scotland, Leiden University in the Netherlands and Bielefeld University in Germany.
The research conducted at the centre will take a broad, interdisciplinary approach. The aim is to establish a scientifically independent centre that will become an influential, leading research environment in its field.
Dissemination of research findings on right-wing extremism will also be a core activity. The centre will cooperate closely with the recently 22 July Centre launched in Oslo on this.