Centre for Advanced Study

at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

  • Modern and medieval wars compared in new book

    The “new wars” are actually very old, Hans Jacob Orning and Øyvind Østerud argue in their newly published book, Wars without State.

  • The influenza pandemic hit the native communities in Alaska hard. These children in an orphanage in Nushagak, Alaska, lost their parents. Summer of 1919. Source: Alaska Historical Library

    Why do Indigenous people have high risk of severe influenza?

    ‘The influenza pandemics of 1918 and 2009, as well as the ongoing COVID-19, show that Indigenous people have extremely high risk of severe disease outcomes, but the reasons for this vulnerability are unclear’, future CAS project leader Svenn-Erik Mamelund says.

  • Håvard Mokleiv Nygård and Nils Lid Hjort. Photo: PRIO/UiO

    Is the world becoming more peaceful?

    We asked Senior Researcher at PRIO, Håvard Mokleiv Nygård, and Professor of Statistics and Data Analysis at UiO, Nils Lid Hjort, what their project Stability and Change is about.

  • The CAS projects 2022/23: from peace-and-conflict and influenza pandemics, to algebra. Photo: Pixabay

    Announcing the CAS projects 2022/23: from influenza to peace-and-conflict, and algebra

    For the first time, two of the project leaders come from our newest member institutions: OsloMet and PRIO. One of the projects is hyper-relevant for the Corona situation. These projects were elected to come to CAS in 2022/23

  • Awarded ERC Starting Grant: ‘I developed as a researcher at CAS’

    Kjetil Lysne Voje, a fellow at the 2019/20 CAS project "Evolvability: A New and Unifying Concept in Evolutionary Biology?", was awarded the prestigious ERC Starting Grant.

  • CAS Director Camilla Serck-Hanssen during the opening in 2018. Photo: Camilla K. Elmar/CAS

    Watch the CAS Opening Ceremony live on Facebook

    September 3 at 16:00

  • Professor in sociology, Cathrine Holst, and Associate Professor in philosophy, Jakob Elster, presenting their CAS project What is Good Policy? Political Morality, Feasibility, and Democracy (GOODPOL)

    What is good policy?

    Vice-Rector at the University of Oslo, Åse Gornitzka, says that the CAS project leaders Cathrine Holst and Jakob Elster are ‘brave’ to ask the simple, but complex and crucial question: what is good policy?

  • Karine Nyborg, photo by: University of Oslo

    Alumni Spotlight: Karine Nyborg

    Karine Nyborg, a professor of economics at the University of Oslo, says that the months at CAS in 2005 helped making her feel at home in the international environmental economics research community.

  • Olav Gjelsvik

    Alumni Spotlight: Olav Gjelsvik

    Funding bodies increasingly focus on research that is expected to be relevant in a short term perspective, Olav Gjelsvik says worryingly: ´This makes institutions like CAS much more important´.

  • Andreas Føllesdal and Geir Ulfstein led the CAS project Should States Ratify Human Rights Conventions? Photo: Ola Sæther

    Alumni Spotlight: Andreas Føllesdal and Geir Ulfstein

    Ten years ago, the two professors asked: Should States Ratify Human Rights Conventions?