Lifelong learning

We study lifelong learning with an emphasis on vocational skills and work-based learning. We are interested in skill formation systems and institutional conditions for learning.

The term lifelong learning encompasses learning in different venues for all age groups and includes formal, informal and non-formal learning. Lifelong learning has been an important research area at Fafo since the 1990s. We have focused on vocational training and work-based learning, but our research also includes kindergarten learning and adult participation in the formal education system. We study cooperation between education and labour market institutions and we are interested in the impact of different skill formation systems and training institutions on labour market participation and mobility. Our research is funded by trade unions and employers’ associations, education authorities and the Norwegian Research Council. Fafo has also participated in several projects funded by the EU Framework Programmes.

Lifelong learning



Research Director, Professor
Senior Researcher
Research professor
Researcher (on leave)
Ragnhild Steen Jensen, Mona Bråten, Jørgen Svalund og Niri Talberg
Fafo-rapport 2019:30
Ragnhild Steen Jensen, Mona Bråten, Jørgen Svalund og Niri Talberg
Fafo-rapport 2018:30
Ragnhild Steen Jensen og Nina K. Lidahl
Fafo-notat 2018:10
Beret Bråten og Hanne Bogen
Fafo-rapport 2015:39
Tove Mogstad Aspøy og Rolf K. Andersen
Fafo-rapport 2015:28
Erika Braanen Sterri, Silje Andresen, Kaja Reegård og Jon Rogstad
Fafo-rapport 2015:27
Hedda Haakestad og Erika Braanen Sterri
Fafo-rapport 2015:09
Anne Britt Djuve, Hedda Haakestad og Erika Braanen Sterri
Fafo-rapport 2014:34
Tove Mogstad Aspøy og Beret Bråten
Fafo-rapport 2014:07
Beret Bråten og Hedda Haakestad
Fafo-rapport 2014:24
Vidar Bakkeli, Ragnhild Steen Jensen og Leif E. Moland
Fafo-rapport 2013:51
Tove Mogstad Aspøy, Heidi Nicolaisen og Torgeir Nyen
Fafo-rapport 2013:35
Tove Mogstad Aspøy og Jon Rogstad
Fafo-rapport 2013:28
Miriam Latif Sandbæk, Ida Hjelde og Jon Rogstad
Fafo-rapport 2012:44
Lene Bore, Torgeir Nyen, Kaja Reegård og Anna Hagen Tønder
Fafo-rapport 2012:23
Kaja Reegård og Jon Rogstad
Fafo-rapport 2012:22
Tove Mogstad Aspøy og Anna Hagen Tønder
Fafo-notat 2012:17
Fafo-notat 2011:23
Ulf Blossing, Anna Hagen, Torgeir Nyen og Åsa Söderström
Fafo-rapport 2010:01
Anna Hagen og Torgeir Nyen
Fafo-rapport 2009:21
Fafo-rapport 2009:10
Anna Hagen og Sveinung Skule
Fafo-rapport 2008:07
Anna Hagen og Aris Kaloudis
Fafo-notat 2008:14
Fafo-report 2007:30
Fafo-rapport 2007:04
Erik Døving, Odd Bjørn Ure, Anita Tobiassen og Dagfinn Hertzberg
Fafo-rapport 551
Fafo-rapport 507
Winfried Ellingsen, Kari Folkenborg og Stig-Erik Jakobsen
Fafo-rapport 463
Fafo-rapport 461
Jon Horgen Friberg og Anne Britt Djuve
Fafo-paper 2004:22
Sveinung Skule og Odd Bjørn Ure
Fafo-paper 2004:21
Fafo-paper 2004:20
Anna Hagen, Torgeir Nyen, Kari Folkenborg
Fafo-notat 2004:03
Fafo-notat 2003:02
Anna Hagen, Elin Svensen og Kari Folkenborg
Fafo-rapport 388
Sveinung Skule og Bjørn Andersen
Fafo-rapport 363
Fafo-rapport 340
Sveinung Skule og Anders N. Reichborn
Fafo-rapport 333
Fafo-notat 2000:11
Bjørn Andersen, Anna Hagen og Sveinung Skule
Fafo-notat 2000:08
Lars-Henrik Johansen
Fafo-rapport 278
Lisbet Berg, Eivor Bremer Nebben og Åsmund Arup Seip
Fafo-rapport 268
Line Eldring og Sveinung Skule
Fafo-notat 1999:16
Fafo-rapport 251
Anders N. Reichborn, Arne Pape og Kjersti Kleven
Fafo-rapport 245
Knut Arild Larsen, Frode Longva, Arne Pape og Anders N. Reichborn
Fafo-rapport 212
Leif E. Moland
Fafo-rapport 152
Fafo-rapport 148
Fafo-rapport 120
Jens B. Grøgaard
Fafo-rapport 075
Hanne Bogen og Jens B. Grøgaard
Fafo-rapport 074

Tove Mogstad Aspøy

Job quality through upskilling?
The case of the cleaning industry in the collective system of Norway

Journal of Education and Work

Bernt Bratsberg, Torgeir Nyen & Oddbjørn Raaum

Economic returns to adult vocational qualifications

Journal of Education and Work

Tove Midtsundstad og Roy A. Nielsen

Lifelong learning and the continued participation of older Norwegian adults in employment

European Journal of Education

Richard dejardin, Dorothy Sutherland Olsen og Tove Midtsundstad

Active ageing and older learners – skills, employability and continued learning

European Journal of Education

Bernt Bratsberg, Torgeir Nyen & Oddbjørn Raaum

Adult Vocational Qualifications Reduce the Social Gradient in Education

Social Inclusion

Anna Hagen Tønder & Tove Mogstad Aspøy

When Work Comes First: Young Adults in Vocational Education and Training in Norway

International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training

Svalund, J., G. B. Casinowsky, Dølvik, J. E. Håkansson, K,Jarvensivu, A., Kervinen, H., Møberg, R. J., Piirainen, T.

Stress testing the Nordic models: Manufacturing labour adjustments during crisis

European Journal of Industrial Relations

Project manager: Torgeir Nyen Bjorn Dapi
Karen Evelyn Hauge, Frischsenteret
End of project: 2020
Current projects
End of project: 2021
Current projects

Project manager: Ståle Østhus
End of project: 2020
Current projects

Project manager: Johan Røed Steen
End of project: 2019
Completed projects

Project manager: Beret Bråten
End of project: 2016
Completed projects