The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) provides a unique combination of technical and socio-cultural research, teaching and collaboration trade, business, NGOs and public administration. NTNU is Norway’s second largest university with more than 20,000 students.
The combination of technology, social sciences and the arts have contributed to a strong foundation for postwar recovery and reconstruction and close collaboration with the humanitarian sector in both vocational training and as experts contributing to humanitarian work. The Department of Geography at NTNU is playing a key role in this work.
In addition to the teaching, the department’s capacity in this field is related to research and action in relation to postwar and post disaster recovery. We have participated in various collaborations with humanitarian organizations and developed our own methods related to real time research with an emphasis on learning and knowledge generation in organizations as well as on housing, livelihoods and development. This work also involves capacity building and training of humanitarian workers. Research goes hand in hand with this work and emphasizes forced migration, livelihoods, gender and climate change which together form a firm basis on which teaching and supervision in the field of humanitarianism is undertaken.