Research and collaboration
The University of Gothenburg seeks to strengthen its role as a leading university in sustainable development. There is a need for increased competence and insight into how to transition to a sustainable society, both nationally and globally. The University’s research has a clear mission to promote this transition through science-based knowledge.
In 2023, 712 scholarly publications were published addressing issues involving sustainable development.
What we did in 2023
Mapping of Research and Education
The Department of Journalism, Media, and Communication has conducted a mapping of its research and education based on the global goals to highlight and discuss the societal relevance of the activities conducted at the department. Even from a scientific standpoint, it is important to understand how the various sustainability goals relate to one's own research area, as an increasing number of research funders require that projects' connection to, or relevance for, the sustainability goals be described.
New Collaboration Arena for Sustainable Development
In 2023, the University of Gothenburg, Chalmers University of Technology, and the University of West initiated an expansion of their collaboration by forming Wexsus, the West Sweden Nexus for Sustainable Development, a West Swedish collaboration arena for sustainability in close collaboration with the Västra Götaland Region.
Wexsus aims to create new collaboration between academia and the business sector, public entities, and civil society. Existing collaborations are also leveraged by utilizing the expertise, strengths, and experiences of the universities in sustainable development. Wexsus activities target researchers, teachers, students, and all societal actors interested in deepening their collaboration with academia in sustainable development and contributing to a sustainable societal transformation.
Wexsus, which will be organizationally based at the University of Gothenburg, commenced its operations in January 2024. The joint organization of the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology, the Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development, will be integrated into the new West Swedish arena.
Funding Granted for Graduate School
The graduate school "Just Transitions," focusing on leadership and organization for a fair climate transition, was granted SEK 39 million over five years by Formas at the beginning of the year. The University of Gothenburg, along with the collaboration arena Urban Futures, Chalmers University of Technology, the City of Gothenburg, the Västra Götaland Region, Linköping University, Linköping Municipality, and the County Administrative Board of Östergötland, participates in this research school. The graduate school is led by Linköping University.
The starting point for the graduate school is that there is a lack of knowledge and competence regarding what a fair climate transition entails and how it can be practically achieved. The challenges are complex, involving various societal actors, decision-making levels, disciplines, and sectors. The graduate school aims to build knowledge and competence through doctoral projects integrated into the activities of public partners and by establishing a Swedish platform for knowledge exchange on just climate transitions.