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Research at the University of Gothenburg

The broad-ranging research conducted at the University of Gothenburg has proved successful in many contexts. The research interests of the 2700 researchers/teachers and doctoral students span from developmental biology, logistics and gender studies to design and marine mammals. The University’s list of renowned researchers includes Nobel Prize winner Arvid Carlsson.



Profile Areas

A health care situation


Health is a profile area rooted in the medical research at the Sahlgrenska Academy. The Gothenburg tradition implies close ties between health research, clinical work and society. The Sahlgrenska University Hospital is the largest hospital in Northern Europe, and the closeness between research and actual patient care that this facilitates is a distinctive feature of the University of Gothenburg.


A wind turbine.


Environment represents a strong Gothenburg tradition – about 40 percent of Swedenʼs total research in environmental science can be linked to the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology. Their joint initiative named the Centre for Environment and Sustainability (GMV) serves as a bridge to external cooperation partners both domestically and internationally. The University of Gothenburg is internationally unique after having earned both ISO 14001 and EMAS environmental certifications.


Two persons in front of a computer.

Knowledge Formation and Learning

Knowledge Formation and Learning is a very strong research environment at the University of Gothenburg, and has in recent years received extensive national attention and significant research funding. The Faculty of Education hosts the programmes the Linnaeus Centre for Research on Learning, Interaction and Mediated Communication in Contemporary Society (LinCS) and Learning in Working Life as well as research in the field of childhood pedagogy.



The strength of this profile area relates to the fact that the University of Gothenburg has Northern Europeʼs largest faculty of fine, applied and performing arts that includes all art forms (except dance) and that works in close cooperation with other faculties. This has resulted in strong research and education in the intersection
between the cultural sciences and the arts. The research activities merge research environments found in the humanities and in the natural and social sciences with research and development work at the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts.


A man holding a book.

Democracy and Social Development

Democracy and Social Development is a profile area that involves mainly the social sciences and the School of Business, Economics and Law but also the humanities. The University of Gothenburg is home to several national functions within the area, including the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research and the Swedish National Data Service (SND), which have a background in the strong survey research at the University of Gothenburg. Another asset is the world-unique SOM Institute. Other strong areas include developmental economics and transportation.