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Of NTB | 30.05.2024 13:53:08

Economy and business: Numbers from of the Research Council latest measurement of Norwegians’ attitude to research shows that trust in several research fields is at its lowest level since they started measuring trust in research in 2019.

The measurement shows that the proportion expressing distrust in research into renewable energy has risen from 6 per cent in 2019 to 15 per cent in 2024. Distrust in research into climate change has gone from 11 per cent in 2019 to 19 per cent in 2024.

Now sets The Research Council underway a research project that will investigate trust in research. The purpose of the project is to understand what it is that creates trust between society and research.

– When we can see approaches to long-term changes in the trust between society and research, we also need to understand what perceptions of, and aspects of, research are emphasized when people express trust or distrust, says Signe Bock Segaard from the Institute for Social Research (ISF) .

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