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Research groups

Most MUC researchers are members of one or more research groups. The groups encompass researchers within a specific area of research, and the members could be employees, PhD students, Master’s students and externals. The groups are different in size and the way they work together.

The main aim is that the groups should encourage development of competences and quality in our research, and promote co-operation and knowledge dissemination between researchers. Groups are led by a head of the research group, and you will find contact details of the leader under the description of each group. Some groups are only described in Norwegian – please make contact with the group leader for further information.


Our focus is on identifying good solutions to complex challenges in the healthcare sector through analysis, planning and validation of all steps necessary to offer high quality healthcare services to patients and users.

Molde University College has study programs that directly or indirectly involve expertise and knowledge about the provision of services for people with needs for different kinds of assistance.  We have a bachelor for vernepleiere (social educators), a master program in habilitation and disability and a PhD in Health and Social Sciences, Professional Practice - Terms and Development.

Disability and habilitation as a research field is still limited research area for Molde University College and the research groups aim is to increase the activity in these important research field.


The Engineering Logistics Group is doing research within logistics and organization science aiming at developing and publishing knowledge in particular relevant to Norwegian manufacturing industry, but also to public sector.  

Forum for research methodology is a research group for all PhD students,  scientific personnel and supervisors contributing to the PhD programme in Health Sciences and social work.

The research group is focused on questions relating to globalization and how an increasingly interconnected world generates processes of relevance to law, politics, identity and organization. The global perspective is essential for addressing contemporary challenges such as sustainability and inequality. The group seeks to study how the Sustainable Development Goals are put into practice and applied in organisations and planning, as well as how capitalism, ideology and technology shape social and political practices today. In addition, globalization and contemporary transformations have implications for citizenship and borders, and the group will address the intersections of law, public policy, hegemony and identities and how they evolve in this context. Seeking to develop interdisciplinary dialogue with local, national and international scholars, the group represents a platform for developing new questions and a critical approach to global processes.

The research group focuses on digitalization of business processes particularly for applications in supply chain management and logistics.

The main objective for the research group in "Integrated Market Dynamics and Logistics" is to develop and solve mathematical models in manufacturing that jointly decides prices and production quantities and where the objective is to maximize the company profit.

Qualitative lifeworld research has in recent decades has become increasingly important in health and social science studies. The possible reason is that the research is "close to practice" in the sense that it addresses problems related to patients / clients / users ‘and health workers’ experiences. The main focus of this research group is vulnerable groups in the health and social services.

This research group is a forum for researchers with an interest in developing research-based knowledge about interprofessional collaboration in areas that are relevant to health and social work. The group is one of two research groups that have been established to support the joint doctoral program between Molde University College and Volda University College: a Ph.D. in Health and Social Care. 

The logistics academic environment at Møreforsking Molde and Molde University College is significant in the Norwegian context.  The logistics group conducts contract research for business and public administration.  

The areas of Marketing, Innovation, International Business & Strategy are vitally important to the regional, national and international economic development and central to the competitiveness, survival and growth of businesses in an economy characterized by heightened competition, ever-shifting consumer demands, and unprecedented uncertainty.

The multidisciplinary makeup of the MIIBS group allows us to provide unique insights by combining disciplinary lenses to performing research on pressing topics in the areas of marketing, innovation, international business, and strategy.

This group focuses on mental health work across different contexts and forms of practice, such as specialized mental health care and mental health work in the municipal health and correctional services.

The research group focuses on the research topics related to effective logistics for oil, gas and energy sectors. The main focus is on qualitative and economic analysis of logistics processes and projects, and quantitative decision-making for infrastructure design and logistics planning in the energy sector. Research directions include planning of upstream offshore oil, gas and wind logistics activities, economic appraisal of energy infrastructure development, and engineering logistics in the petroleum sector.


Norwegian-Russian Arctic Logistics project

Norway-Brazil cooperation in Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy Logistics

The research group is a collaboration between Molde University College and Helse Møre and Romsdal. The group is cross-professional and consists of researchers and professionals from various academic communities and institutions. Central to the group's work is interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral cooperation on research, research activities and dissemination of research. The research group has branches for both local, regional, national and international environments.

The bachelor's programmes in nursing and social education (vernepleier) consist of a great deal of practice, 50% and 30%, respectively. The structure of the program, containing both theory and practice, implies educational challenges other than pure subject studies. The research group aims at concretizing and developing research-based knowledge related to issues concerning education of professional practitioners.

Our research group works with the physiology of human performance in health and disease across the lifespan from childhood to old age.

The group homepage

The group performs research on quantitative methods with applications in planning and decision support. Organizations are faced with increasingly complex and challenging decisions, and have access to an increasing amount of data. Many decisions that have traditionally been made manually, can now be analyzed efficiently with the help of mathematical models and computerized calculations. 

The research group in professional ethics is a multidisciplinary group open for employees at Volda University College, Molde University College and health personnel in the region (Helse Møre og Romsdal). The research group belongs to the Ph.D.-programme in Health sciences and social work. We investigate moral and ethical problems and emphasize studying both relational and contextual aspects of moral dilemmas. 

The SOL group has a long history at the Molde University College. In 1978, the University College established a curriculum in political science, and in the late 1980’s it formalized SOL as a group, gathering social scientist and researchers from other disciplines at the college and the co-located research institute Møre Research Molde. Since then, SOL has been an arena for disciplinary and interdisciplinary studies and projects, which have included partners within central organizations in public as well as private sector.

Sport Management research group picture

The Sport Management research group (SpM) consist of researchers with an interest in management related issues within the sport context. 

This research group was established in 2019. The group has since filed several research project applications and developed a new study program.

The Sustainable Societies research group addresses issues of sustainable environmental development from the perspective of public and private organizations, their roles in grand challenges such as climate change, and their strategies.

Transport Research Group is a national strongpoint for transport research. The group includes 20 researchers from both Molde University College and the research institute Møreforsking.

“Virtual Technologies” (VT) is an inclusive phrase for many types of information systems and communications technologies, that can include support for virtual reality environments (VR) and augmented reality (AR) experiences.