Knowledge for development and justice

Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) is an independent research institute on global development and human rights.

We address challenges facing poor and vulnerable groups, particularly in the Global South. The Sustainable Development Goals frame our research agenda.

We take pride in quality research, but know that change and development also depend on our interaction and dialogue with stakeholders and policy makers. We have long-term partnerships with research institutions all over the world, especially in the Global South. We are a knowledge bearer with an increasing international footprint. A growing share of our funding comes from international donors and agencies.

A recent evaluation by the Research Council of Norway praises CMI for quality and relevance, ability to understand and meet user needs, and impact on policy and practice.


Challenge-driven research agenda

Our research agenda is anchored in global challenges and the SDGs. We develop new knowledge that addresses the huge global inequalities in human life conditions.

Dialogue with users

Interaction with knowledge users is a key feature of our work. All projects develop research uptake strategies, and identify and engage with relevant stakeholders.

Research excellence

We are committed to rigorous methods and analysis, and high ethical standards in our work. We cooperate with the best international researchers and publish in high quality peer-reviewed outlets.

We are

We are researchers, advisers, administrators, managers and communicators. Our researchers are from various disciplines including political science, economics, social anthropology, and law. We are 70 people from 16 countries who work for a more inclusive path of global development.

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