“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...
Mamduh Halawa, Uppsala Student of the Year 2020
28 december 2020
A sense of meaning: that is what the Uppsala Student of the Year 2020 hopes to help as many people as possible discover. While studying on Uppsala University’s psychology programme, Mamduh Halawa has also found time to write a book about the impac...
Grants for research on the impact of AI on people and society
15 december 2020
In a major 10-year national research programme, two Wallenberg Foundations are supporting research on the impact of the ongoing technology shift, involving digitalisation and artificial intelligence, on our society and our behaviour. Two of the gr...
Researchers highlight major flaws in EU refugee policy
08 december 2020
European refugee policy from 2015 onwards can be described as a failure, believe researchers working on the EU project RESPOND, which has studied the situation for refugees in 11 different EU Member States. Interviews with refugees and various soc...
Turkic cultural heritage in Uppsala
07 december 2020
Uppsala University has a rich collection of manuscripts, printed material, art objects and maps related to the Ottoman Empire and other Turkic cultures. How did they come to Uppsala? This story is told in a new book “Turcologica Upsaliensia. An Il...
This year’s recipient of the Zetterberg Prize announced
06 november 2020
Lisa Lindén, Department of Sociology and Work Science at the University of Gothenburg, has been awarded the 2020 Zetterberg Prize in Sociology, for her research on the socio-political dimensions of vaccinations.
Urban densification can have both positive and negative health effects
15 oktober 2020
Urban green spaces and urban densification are both associated with a lower rate of mortality from cardiovascular disease. These apparently confounding results were published in a new article in the Journal of Epidemiology.
Black Lives Matter brings sharper focus to the situation in Sweden
12 oktober 2020
The Black Lives Matter demonstrations in Sweden are partly a question of showing solidarity and supporting the struggle of African Americans in the United States. But it is also about using the global movement to highlight what is happening here, ...
Alumnus of the Year organises humanitarian aid in megadisasters
07 oktober 2020
Worldwide, within 48 hours, he should be able to arrive on site to organise relief wherever there is a humanitarian catastrophe. Jamie LeSueur, global Head of Emergency Operations at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Socie...
Increased mental ill-health during pandemic
07 september 2020
Mental ill-health in this country has become more prevalent and severe during the COVID-19 pandemic. This trend, despite infection control measures being less restrictive in Sweden than in most other countries, is revealed by a study by Uppsala Un...
Shirin Ahlbäck Öberg appointed to the Coronavirus Commission
07 september 2020
Hi, Shirin Ahlbäck Öberg, associate professor and senior lecturer at the Department of Political Science, will participate in the Government’s commission evaluating the measures taken to limit the spread of COVID-19. What are your thoughts on the ...