Welcome to the NORENSE-website

At this website, you will find information about NORENSE, its aims and visions, guidelines for applying for funding, as well as reports and publications from supported research projects.

NORENSE stands for Nordic Research Network for Steiner Education. It was founded in 2007 by three Nordic higher educational institutions; Rudolf Steiner University College in Norway, Waldorf University College in Sweden, and Snellman College in Finland.

NORENSE is a Nordic collaboration with the aim of promoting and supporting research on Waldorf Steiner education, and contributing to the knowledge base and legitimacy of the Nordic Waldorf Steiner higher educational institutions. Today’s schools and educational practices are more and more informed by research. Very little research has until now been directed towards Waldorf Steiner education, and there is a strong need for all kinds of educational research; inquiring, evaluating, deepening and communicating the various aspects of Waldorf Steiner education.

NORENSE are supporting individual and group research projects, as well as PhD and master students. This includes writing of articles based on completed research projects. In addition, NORENSE hosts a yearly seminar open to the public where supported projects and other relevant research topics are presented. Research projects funded by NORENSE are expected to be published in peer-reviewed journals, and in a popularised form in the Nordic Waldorf education magazines. An important principle for NORENSE is to ensure that supported research is disseminated both to parents and teachers as well as to the research community.

NORENSE receives its funding resources mainly from the Waldorf school and kindergarten federations in the Nordic countries. Representatives from the Nordic higher educational institutions and from the federations are members of the NORENSE Council, who decides on the yearly funding. NORENSE is managed by Rudolf Steiner University College in Norway. Arve Mathisen and Caroline Bratt share the NORENSE leadership.

RoSE: Research on Steiner Education is a peer-reviewed online research journal with focus on Waldorf Steiner education.

Vision and strategies

As an alternative to the public educational systems in the Nordic countries, Waldorf Steiner education needs to be supported by research in manifold ways. Research can aid and initiate developments and new knowledge on all levels from kindergartens and schools to higher education and social therapeutic institutions. NORENSE aims at supporting qualified research that in its turn will provide insights and impulses for development to the different aspects of Waldorf Steiner education. The higher educational institutions are key factors here since they both disseminate relevant research to future and current practitioners, and also conduct research as part of their institutional policy and responsibility.

By hosting yearly open seminars on research within Waldorf Steiner education, NORENSE aims at sharing research insights to a broader public. Publishing supported research projects both in popular and scholarly media belongs to the NORENSE strategy of making research based insights more relevant and accessible.

NORENSE is founded on the idea that education has an important role to play in achieving individual, cultural and ecological sustainability. NORENSE wants to take its share of the responsibility for an education in need of change and to promote an education of tomorrow that takes active part in developing sustainable knowledge, skills and life conditions. Waldorf Steiner education represents such an ethical attitude towards what it means to educate today’s children and youth for their future. By promoting research and the Nordic Waldorf Steiner higher educational institutions, NORENSE wants to take part in the further development of Waldorf Steiner education.


In Co-operation

Rudolf Steiner University College

Waldorf University College
Federation for Steiner Waldorf Education in Finland