The Segerstedt Institute was established at the University of Gothenburg on the 1st of July 2015 by decision of the vice-chancellor. The institute’s origins are found in the long-standing cooperation between the University of Gothenburg and the municipality of Kungälv in preventing racist and violent milieus and organizations from coming into existence.
The function of the institute is to contribute to the development of knowledge on how to prevent racist organizations and violent ideologies and structures.
The institute aims to nationally distribute resources for countering these issues, contributing with knowledge of how, when and why violent milieus, that are ideologically motivated, are established. The Segerstedt Institute will work systematically to prevent and counter the emergence and reproduction of these environments. Accordingly, the institute will work together with public institutions and non-governmental organizations.
The institute will work within three areas of the University of Gothenburg’s frame for contributing to social innovation. None of the areas are prioritized, with the aim being that the contribution to social innovation emerges through synergy effects between these areas.
- Promote and stimulate research and development
This task involves the compilation of relevant research and making this accessible to both researchers and practitioners. By these means, the institute also contributes to highlighting areas currently lacking in research.
Most important to the University’s circulation of knowledge is education. The Segerstedt Institute builds its work upon the breadth of competence that exists within the university. This interdisciplinary approach contributes to a complex understanding of the phenomenon with which the institute works and trains professionals in.
As municipalities are primarily responsible for the preventive measures related to the field of the institute’s interest, they are the primary operators in preventive work. The Segerstedt Institute collaborates with municipalities, authorities and non-governmental organizations. Through these collaborations, insights arise as to how local conditions affect implementation of knowledge and methods. The institute also collaborates with other national and international universities.