SIFO’s main task is to develop new knowledge on consumption, consumer policy and the consumers’ position and role in the society.
SIFO has a special responsibility for the knowledge foundament for Norwegian consumer policy.
The institute shall cooperate with relevant user environments in order to make sure the results from the operations will be actually used.
Cooperation with different proffesional environments is importan, both in Norway and abroad in order to ensure a high academic level and an interdisciplinary perspective on institute’s work.
The institute shall provide income from projects by taking the initative for research and do research for organisations, public authorites and international enterprises.
The insitute also has a responsibility to develop the consumption research at the other institions at Oslo and Akershus University College for Applied Sciences (HiOA). SIFO shall play an active role in making the results from the research public, through publications, lecturing and media. SIFO also has a responsibilty for bringing the consumer perspective into education and development of the applied education programs at HiOA.