NIBIO Oslo is located in the centre of the city, close by Kirkeristen and Oslo domkirke, at a short distance to the main railway station (Oslo S), government offices (Regjeringskvartalet) and the parliament building (Stortinget).
Nearly 40 employees work at NIBIO Oslo, including part-time positions. Most of the staff are attached to the departments Business Economics and Management and Economics and Society in the Division of Food Production and Society, as well as to the departments Farm Economics and Agricultural Economics in the Division of Geography and Statistics. There are also some employees attached to the staff in other divisions, as well as occasional students working on their Master degree theses, who receive guidance from researchers here.
NIBIO acts as secretariat for the Agricultural budget tribunal (Budsjettnemnda for jordbruket) who prepare the basis for the annual agricultural negotiations between farmer groups and government. The tribunal meets regularly in NIBIO’s premises in Oslo.
The employees in Oslo possess specialist competence within several areas including business/company finance, agricultural economics, social economics, resource economics, econometrics, political science and sociology. They are competent with regard to quantitative and qualitative methodology such as questionnaires, in-depth interviewing and focus groups. Further skills include economic modelling and model analyses, business systems and entrepreneurship in agriculture, innovation studies in bio-economics and the analysis of institutions and management models/systems. With regard to research and progress tasks as well as documentation, the employees take part in for instance:
- Production economics and efficiency and productivity analyses
- Business economics analyses of various management methods
- Management studies in agriculture and forestry
- Analyses of bio-based industries political importance for districts and regions
- Analyses of agricultural production of collective benefits including ecosystem services
- Decision behaviour, economic motivators and the use of incentives
- Goal and incentive analyses in agriculture and the food sector, including international framework conditions
- Consumer economics and food consumption, food traditions, food safety and health
- Analyses concerning the value chain for food products and other bio-based products and services
- Research-based social science knowledge on how to solve social challenges both nationally and globally
- Economic consequences of climate change and possible agricultural adaptation
Clients and cooperation partners
- Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Environmental Directorate, Agricultural Directorate, county authorities, county councils, municipalities, Innovation Norway, Statistics Norway, OECD, Nordic Council of Ministers, the EU-commission
- Tine SA, Nortura SA, Norsk Landbrukssamvirke, Norsk landbruksrådgiving, NHO Mat og Drikke, Oikos
- NMBU, UiS (IRIS), UiO, NTNU, SNF, Bygdeforskning, Nofima, Veterinærinstituttet, NINA
- A number of universities and research institutes in Europe and North America