Karl Henrik Sivesind holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Oslo and has been working as Senior Researcher at the Institute for Social Research in Oslo since 2000, since 2004 on professor-level.
He serves on the Board of Directors of ISTR (International Society for Third Sector Research). He was Editor in Chief of the leading Norwegian multidisciplinary Journal of Social Science Research for 6 years. He has been involved in several comparative, social scientific research projects. He was the coordinator of the FP6 network CINEFOGO in Norway, and member of the steering committee for the “European Voluntary Associations” network. His research interests include civil society and the voluntary sector, nonprofit welfare services, comparative methods.

Karl Henrik is lead researcher for Third Sector Impact work area 2 (elaboration and testing of impact indicators). He serves as executive board member together with Annette Zimmer (MU), Lester Salamon (JUH) and Bernard Enjolras (ISF).

Relevant Publications

  • Sivesind, K. H., & Selle, P. (2009),Does Public Spending “Crowd out” Nonprofit Welfare? Comparative Social Research, 26, 105-134.
  • Sivesind, K. H., & Selle, P.  in: R. Alapuro & H. Stenius (Eds.) (2010) Civil society in the Nordic countries: Between displacement and vitality. In:  Nordic Associations in a European Perspective (pp. 89–120). Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft.
  • Sivesind, K. H., Pospíšilová, T., & Frič, P. (2013) Does Volunteering Cause Trust? A comparison of the Czech Republic and Norway. European Societies: The Official Journal of the European Sociological Association, 15(1), 106-130.
  • Sivesind, K. H (2013) Nonprofit welfare services: a solution to the Scandinavian models future problems? (Ideella välfärdstjänster: en lösning på den skandinaviska modellens framtida utmaningar?) In: L. Trägårdh, P. Selle, L. S. Henriksen & H. Hallin (Eds.), Civil Society squeezed between state and capital. Welfare, diversity and future (Civilsamhället klämt mellan stat och kapital. Välfärd, mångfold, framtid). (pp. 75-88). Stockholm: SNS Förlag


Outsourcing of Scandinavian welfare societies? Consequences of private and nonprofit service provision (2012-2016)
This project is designed to improve our understanding of how welfare politics; allocation of service contracts to public, private and nonprofit providers; and citizen roles are linked, by addressing the following research questions:

• Under what circumstances are active citizenship roles as opposed to narrower consumerist roles likely to occur?
• Does it make a difference if the providers belong to the public, private or the nonprofit sector?
• Are there differences between welfare services where there is broad party consensus about the need to curb costs, as opposed to services where there is competition about improvement and expansion between the parties?
• Do the institutional logics by which welfare service contracts are allocated to providers and expectations coordinated matter, i.e. is there a shift from government to governance?

The project will strengthen stakeholders’ critical awareness of consequences of outsourcing and user choice for active citizenship. The project involves researchers from Norway, Sweden and Denmark and provides a comparative perspective on the Scandinavian welfare societies.
See more at: http://www.socialresearch.no/Projects/Ongoing-projects/Outsourcing-of-Scandinavian-welfare-societies

Role: Project Manager

Organisational community in transition (2014 -2015)
The issues to be addressed in this project are what changes take place in the Norwegian organisational population and in the organisational structure at the local, regional and national levels, which social spheres the organisations primarily direct themselves toward, and their scope with regard to membership, staff and finances, as well as contact with public authorities.

This project is a part of the Centre for Research on Civil Society and the Voluntary Sector, which is a partnership between the Institute for Social Research and the Stein Rokkan Centre for Social Studies/The University of Bergen.
See more at: http://www.civilsociety.no/

Role: Project Manager

Funding and framework conditions (2016-2017)
The question to be answered in this project is how small, medium and large organisations in various categories are affected by changes in sources of income and framework conditions. Considerable and rapid changes in the sources of income of voluntary organisations in Norway are taking place. It may be sufficient to mention the disappearance of gambling machine income, the introduction of a temporary compensation scheme, the introduction of compensation for service tax, expansion to compensation for all types of VAT and a gradual escalation toward full VAT compensation, changes in the lottery scheme, national lotteries that are outcompeted by Norwegian Tipping, increased income from gifts and sponsorships in several categories of organisations. In many instances, such changes may affect different organisations such that they reinforce each other or weaken each other. Also, in many cases, such changes have incentive effects that result in the organisations adapting in a more or less desirable direction.

The project will analyze how changes in framework conditions and sources of incomes interact and affect organisations of different sizes in different organisational categories. The project is part of the Centre for Research on Civil Society and the Voluntary Sector, which is a partnership between the Institute for Social Research and the Stein Rokkan Centre for Social Studies/The University of Bergen.
See more at: http://www.civilsociety.no/

Role: Project Manager