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Åsmund Arup Seip

Senior Researcher


Dr. philos. in History, University of Oslo

Area of work

Labour relations and labour market; Collective barganing and agreements; Labour mobility

Current projects

The staffing crisis in the welfare state: Challenges and opportunities
This project aims to shed light on the labor needs, summarize the main challenges related to the staffing crisis, and discuss various proposals for solutions.
Maintaining the leading sector wage bargaining model

Future of the Norwegian wage formation.

National Correspondent EUROFOUND

The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (EUROFOUND) is a triparty EU Agency that provides knowledge to assist in the development of better social, employment and work-related policies. The work is done with the assistance of national correspondents in the EU Member States, and the Norwegian Ministry of Labour and Social Inclusion has granted Fafo the task as the national correspondent of Norway,

The history of the LO law department

The project will provide a history of 100 years of LO's legal department, 1922-2022.

Fafo publications

Other publications

Completed projects

Evaluation of the statutory regulation of threee-shift rotas

The project will evaluate the regulation three-shift rotas as regulated in the Working Environment Act § 10-4 (6).

The Norwegian ABE reform (ACPD) in music and performing arts

In this project, Fafo will investigate the consequences of the ABE reform for institutions within music and performing arts that receive state subsidies. The study will investigate why these institutions were included in the ABE reform and the reasons given for this. The project will try to shed light on the discussion, or lack of discussion, related to whether the ABE reform as a productivity tool conflicts with the special position of the cultural institutions as artistically independent.

Participation and influence - Unio's role through 20 years

The project will study Unio's role as a central organisation for twenty years, with emphasis on co-determination and influence. The results will be presented in a report and a presentation at Unio's congress in December 2021.

ICT sourcing strategies in public sector

A study of the ICT policy and sourcing strategies in four state agencies and four municipalities. The project will identify some of the key drivers of sourcing and give examples of how the agencies are working to develop secure and efficient ICT sourcing.

The basic agreement in the state sector - modus operandi

The basic agreement i state sector - the basic agreement provides the rules and regulations on social dialogue in state enterprises. The project aim to evaluate the modus operandi of the agreement.

ACPD and the fight against work related crime

In 2015, the conservative government under Erna Solberg introduced automatic cuts of productivity dividends (ACPD) as a "debureaucratisation and effectivity reform" (the ABE-reform). The reform entails an annual cut in the state operating budgets of 0.5 percent per year. Does this reform impact the government’s work against work-related crime in Norway?

Impact of the de-bureaucratization and streamlining reform (ABE reform)

How is the de-bureaucratization and streamlining reform (ABE reform) implemented in state agencies and how does it affect daily work?

Schemes for post-qualifying and continuing education in public sector in Norway

The project will map schemes and regulations that encourage post-qualifying and continuing education education and training programs by examining a selection of collective agreements, including state sector, municipality, Oslo municipality and the health care sector, and a selection of other agreements in related sectors (NHO, Virke).

Unions and collective agreements in the finance sector

The aim of the project is to describe and analyze how the right to negotiate collective agreements and to maintain union representatives is regulated in the finance sector in Norway.

Arbeidsrettens historie

History of the Norwegian Labour Court

The Norwegian Labour Court was established in 1916 and will in 2016 celebrate its 100th anniversary. In this project we write the history of the Labour Court. The Labour Court has filled an important function in an increasingly complex and regulated society and working life. The Labour Court has been an important tool in keeping peace and resolve disputes between the social partners, and the court and the social partners have mutually influenced each other. The history of the Norwegian Labour Court will illuminate the court's inner life, the people that filled its positions, the interaction between judges and judges appointed based on nomination of labour market organizations, and the internal organization of the court and its relation to other judicial bodies.

Tidsbruk i barnehagene i Bydel Alna

This project will stydy time use among employees in childcare services (for choldren between 0-6 years in the municipality sector. Previously there have been research on 'time thieves' among employees in the schools, but not in childcare. A concern i s that the educated teachers/leaders in childcare may not spend sufficiently amounts of time on face-to face interaction with children and didactic activities. This project explores time use based on a variety of research methods, whith emphasis on c ase studies and qualitative interviews, but also a small survey.