NIBIO Bergen is localized in the State House in the town centre. Central placement gives several advantages, for instance close proximity to other research institutions. In addition, it is convenient in relation to collective transport by train, bus and tram.
Work topic area
The main work topics for the employees at the Bergen office are connected with social science research and studies with focus on agriculture and society. They belong to three departments; Farm Economics and Agricultural Economics within the Division of Geography and Statistics, and Economics and Society within the Division of Food Production and Society.
Operational studies in farming and forestry is a national management assignment conducted for the Ministry of Food and Agriculture. They show both status and trends in agricultural economic development and illustrate the effects of policies and framework conditions, and thus provide an important tool for government decision makers. Analyses of the operational study material also provide a basis for advice, research and teaching. Several of the offices in NIBIO are involved in the operational studies. The Bergen office is responsible for the southern and western regions, as well as having overall national responsibility for the conducting of the studies.
Other topics at NIBIO Bergen include work on several projects within horticultural economics, especially top fruit and berries, organic farming, farm economics, agro-tourism, value creation analyses etc. Several of the projects are related to the southern and western regions, but work is also performed on national and international projects.
Networks and cooperation
The office has extensive cooperation with other researchers in NIBIO, with especially close links to NIBIO Ullensvang and NIBIO Fureneset. The county government authorities in western Norway are important cooperation partners together with local farmer organisations.