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Research subjects

A significant part of the research at the School of Global Studies is conducted within one of our four research subjects. At the department, we understand global patterns from different perspectives and approaches. Our know-how is based on deep analysis, empirical and locally rooted knowledge, dialogues and conversations with individuals and groups, and understanding of local conditions and global processes.

Environmental Social Science

Research in Environmental Social Science is problem-driven and relates to urgent global challenges of the 21st century, such as climate change, deforestation, biodiversity loss, urban growth, distribution of land and water resources as well as health and food security.

Human Rights 

The School of Global Studies conducts interdisciplinary research and teaching in human rights that mainly addresses issues related to the implementation of human rights and rights-based development in a variety of current problem areas.

Peace and Development research

Peace and development research aims to understand the causes, dynamics, and effects of war, conflict, and poverty, as well as the conditions for stable and sustainable peace and development. Peace and development research at the School of Global Studies has been pioneering, and until recently had few counterparts in the rest of the world.

Social Anthropology 

Anthropological research at the School of Global Studies builds on a tradition of detailed empirical fieldwork. At the core of our research are lived life, everyday praxis, and the workings of power.