Research and innovation in work integration for people with complex service needs

Conference in Lillehammer, November 4 – 5

The main goal for INTEGRATE 2019 is to share with a wider audience new national and international knowledge about how vulnerable groups with complex needs can be integrated in the labour market. The focus is on how collaboration between multiple services, and between the support system and the employers, may contribute to this end. By “vulnerable groups” we refer to people with complex needs who struggle to find and retain a place in the ordinary labour market. Examples include people with somatic and mental health problems, people with cognitive or behavioral challenges, the unskilled, and immigrants with language barriers.


The target groups for the conference are researchers, ph.d. students, practitioners and policy makers. At the conference you will meet national and international experts on the topic in plenary talks and paper sessions.

Confirmed keynotes speakers are Professor Colin Lindsay who is Chair of Work and Employment Studies at the University of Strathclyde, Professor Faïz Gallouj at the University of Lille, Professor Kjetil van der Wel at OsloMet and Distinguished Professor Mirella Minkman at TIAS School for Business and Society. 

The conference is organized by the interdisciplinary core research group INTEGRATE. INTEGRATE is a research collaboration between OsloMet- Oslo Metropolitan University and Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences and funded by the research program HELSEVEL, The Research Council of Norway.