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Social sciences

Invitation: Who decides who decides? Political parties and the selection of leaders

12 October, 2021 - Södertörns högskola

Why do we see such variation in how parties select leaders? Who in the party organisations is favoured or disfavoured by different selection methods? Are some procedures more “democratic” than others? In most of Europe, and in much of the democratic world, the leader of a state is also the leader of a political party. […]

Reveals the secrets of the decorated farmhouses of Hälsingland

30 September, 2021 - Göteborgs universitet

An interdisciplinary research project spent four years delving into the interior design culture that became Sweden’s 15th world heritage site, the decorated farmhouses of Hälsingland. A recently published book now reveals details about the techniques, materials and aesthetics that characterised these uniquely decorated homes. Beautiful wallpapers, patterned textiles, and interiors decorated with murals and stencilled […]

Public procurement used for political purposes in the United States

23 September, 2021 - Göteborgs universitet

In the United States, politically appointed officials make decisions on the procurement of goods and services from the public purse that benefit the incumbent President. New research from the University of Gothenburg now shows that the more politicised an administration is, the more often public procurement is used to favour companies for political reasons. Every […]

Researchers create new calculation models for a more evidence-based debate about sustainability

31 August, 2021 - Linnéuniversitetet

Clear indicators and evaluation criteria are essential to save the environment. Two Sweden-based researchers hence introduce a new indicator, eco-balance, and a new criterion that takes into account both human and environmental sustainability. The conclusion is that many countries need to reconsider their consumption as well as their population in order to be sustainable. When […]

Kalmar municipality and Linnaeus University invests SEK 300 million on new law educations and research in law

30 August, 2021 - Linnéuniversitetet

Kalmar municipality and Linnaeus University have agreed to make a large investment to develop a new academic field with basis in Kalmar. Law will become a strong education and research field at the university and support the growth potential of the Linnaeus region. Linnaeus University and Kalmar municipality enters a joint investment comprising at least […]

Orbán’s EU agenda follows populist script

9 June, 2021 - Göteborgs universitet

The image of the inward-looking populist who rejects international cooperation is inaccurate. On the contrary, populists engage quite actively in regional and international organizations, and the leadership of these organizations and their member states do not yet know how to respond to the populist challenge. In a new book, researchers at the University of Gothenburg […]

Clear differences in how Nordic journalists experience their professional role and external influence

25 May, 2021 - Göteborgs universitet

Swedish and Danish journalists describe their role as monitorial to a greater extent than journalists from other Nordic countries. Journalists from Norway and Iceland state they have the least experience of political influence and thus differ from Finnish journalists. This is shown by a new comparative study published by Nordicom at the University of Gothenburg. […]

World first concept for rechargeable cement-based batteries

19 May, 2021 - Chalmers tekniska högskola

Imagine an entire twenty storey concrete building which can store energy like a giant battery. Thanks to unique research from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, such a vision could someday be a reality. Researchers from the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering recently published an article outlining a new concept for rechargeable batteries – made […]

Rules prevent churches from expanding their role

6 May, 2021 - Göteborgs universitet

To become more socially relevant, more and more congregations are trying to expand their role and open church facilities to more people. But contradictory rules and different interpretations of cultural heritage preservation are slowing this development, according to a new study from the University of Gothenburg. Secularization, loss of members and deteriorating finances: the Church […]