University of Gothenburg

What We Do

The secretariat’s work is research driven with a focus on Swedish, Nordic and international collaboration.

Our overarching purpose is to contribute towards knowledge development that encourages sustainable conditions for research, education and working life. The secretariat’s researchers and investigators conduct research reviews, investigations and analyses and identify knowledge gaps and research needs. We communicate the results of our work and contribute knowledge, expert support and process support in our specialist fields. Arranging and participating in seminars, dialogues, networking and conferences are also a part of what we do. Themes that the secretariat is currently prioritising include sexual harassment in educational and work environments, demographic challenges and the working life of tomorrow, the sustainable development goals connected to the 2030 Agenda, and hate and threats targeting researchers.

Focus areas

Our activites are organised within three focus areas and one support area, which interact with each other and the whole:

  • A sustainable working life
  • A free knowledge society
  • An equal Nordic region
  • Support for Nordic knowledge


Right now, we prioritize working with the following themes, which are relevant both within and between our focus areas:

  • Research and higher education in a new era
  • Transitions in work and education
  • Exposed living conditions in the Nordic region

Below you can read more about our themes and the current projects we are working on within them. You can also read more about our support for Nordic knowledge and our news.