Student achievement rises when grades matter more
28 juni 2021
Compulsory school students earn higher grades when their grades get more weight in the high school admission process. This is the finding of a new dissertation in Economics. Grades improved at all levels, with particularly large improvements in th...
Consensus and continuity determine Swedish foreign policy
10 juni 2021
The Swedish Government was able to undertake and justify Swedish military involvement in Afghanistan in 2002–2014 by describing it as a traditional Swedish contribution while differentiating it from American military operations in the region. Both...
New chair and director appointed for Alva Myrdal Centre for Nuclear Disarmament
24 maj 2021
Uppsala University has appointed Cecilia Wikström to chair the governing board of the University’s new knowledge centre for nuclear disarmament and Professor Erik Melander to be the centre’s director. Following these appointments, the Alva Myrdal ...
“We live in the age of garbage”
12 maj 2021
In the quest for a circular economy and a sustainable society, we need to transform our waste into a resource. In the so-called waste package, the Riksdag and the Swedish Government have adopted new legislation that to a far greater extent conside...
Scientific evaluation of matched integration meetings
07 maj 2021
For the first time, a scientific study is to be conducted of an integration activity involving matched meetings between established and new Swedes. The study will be conducted in collaboration between Uppsala University’s Uppsala Immigration Lab a...
Phone app can help traumatised health professionals
04 maj 2021
Can structured tasks in a smartphone app cure post-traumatic stress symptoms? A method that is currently being tested seeks to help health care professionals who, after a hard time during the pandemic, are haunted by upsetting, recurrent flashbacks.
Fewer suicides with less expensive medications for erectile dysfunction
21 april 2021
When medications for erectile dysfunction became less expensive and their use increased, the number of suicides among men aged 50–60 decreased in Sweden. This is the finding of a new study from the Uppsala University.
This year’s Johan Skytte Prize winner announced
15 april 2021
David D. Laitin, Stanford University, is this year’s recipient of the Johan Skytte Prize, known by many as the ‘Nobel Prize in Political Science’. Professor Laitin is awarded the prize for his “original and objective explanation of how politics sh...
Great variation in how police crimes are reported
31 mars 2021
Hello there, Kristine Eck, researcher at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, the only Swede in the humanities and social sciences to receive a grant from the European Research Council (ERC), for a study of police crime. But what exactly...
Teaching young people about antibiotic resistance raises dilemmas
31 mars 2021
When teaching about antibiotic resistance, it is not sufficient to rely on biological and medical facts. Pupils also need to be trained to make decisions and prioritisations in complex situations. This is demonstrated by ongoing research presented...
“Apathy is the greatest threat to democracy”
30 mars 2021
Hello there, Sofia Näsström, a professor at the Department of Government. You have recently released a new book, ”Demokrati: En liten bok om en stor sak” (“Democracy: A small book about a big issue”). Why did you choose to write this book?
This is how our consumption is shaped by recession
30 mars 2021
As a recession deepens, so households tighten the purse strings. The new car can wait as the fear of unemployment takes hold, while those already unemployed also cut back on nondurable goods. A new theoretical model allows us to predict how we wil...
Reduced air travel even before the pandemic
22 mars 2021
Even before travel bans were put in place in response to the pandemic, the Department of Peace and Conflict Research managed to radically reduce its air travel through purpose-driven environmental work.
New project seeks answers about the needs of preschool children
11 mars 2021
Preschool age is an important period for human social, emotional and cognitive development. Despite this, we still do not know how to design childhood environments to best meet their needs. In a new project supported by Skandia’s “Ideas for Life” ...
Important to understand the flow of refugees from conflicts
24 februari 2021
Hello there, Margareta Sollenberg, a researcher at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research. You were recently awarded a grant from the Swedish Research Council for the three-year project “Drivers of Displacement: Accounting for the Variation...
Lessons from the Ebola disaster can be applied to COVID-19
22 februari 2021
How can we build trust in the community in the midst of a crisis, such as the Ebola disaster in the Democratic Republic of Congo? And can it be related to the work of fighting COVID-19? That is the theme of Jamie LeSueur’s lecture on 11 March, in ...
Limited transmission of COVID-19 from open schools but teachers were affected
12 februari 2021
Most countries introduced school closures during the spring of 2020 despite uncertainty regarding the effectiveness in containing SARS-CoV-2. In Sweden, upper secondary schools moved online while lower secondary schools remained open. A comparison...
The professor wanting to contribute to peace on Earth
25 januari 2021
Isak Svensson is, as he describes it, a product of the Department of Peace and Conflict Research. Since his undergraduate studies, he has stayed true to his path, and now he is a professor in the subject. His research helps us understand why media...
Insecure housing situation drives Roma migration
21 januari 2021
Building or improving one’s own home is a strong motive for Roma who migrate from one European country to another. Their everyday life is marked by extremely precarious housing conditions, racism and forced nomadism. These findings have emerged in...
Natural hazard events and national risk reduction measures unconnected
20 januari 2021
Countries where massive natural hazard events occur frequently are not more likely than others to make changes to reduce risks from future disasters. This is shown in an interdisciplinary Uppsala University study now published in Nature Communicat...