University of Gothenburg
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Our research

The University of Gothenburg is the only Swedish university with practice-based research spanning the arts from design, visual art, film and photography to craft, literary composition, curatorial practices and art education.

Our research contributes to environmental, societal, and cultural challenges through involvement in projects that cross disciplines. HDK-Valand’s research community recognizes a wide and inclusive concept of research where knowledges are produced in established research formats, experimental artistic practice and education. Current research is visible internationally through artefacts, exhibitions, publications, performances.

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Torsten and Wanja Söderberg's professorship in Design Management

Torsten and Wanja Söderberg's professorship in Design Management will develop new knowledge and new practices in the meeting between artistic design practice, scientific theory, practice in management and business economics. Subject orientation may change over time, but should always be in the areas of design and economics. The professorship is not limited in time.

In 2007, the Torsten Söderberg Foundation donated SEK 40 million to the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts and the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg.

Elena Raviola, holder of the professorship

Elena Raviola, researcher at HDK-Valand, is the holder of the professorship since September 1, 2018.

Former holders:

  • Lisbeth Svengren Holm
  • Ulla Johansson

Research centers & networks

Research staff at HDK-Valand participate and contribute to the research of several research centres and networks.