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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 […]

A long way to go before academic careers are equal

29 April, 2021 - Linnéuniversitetet

Gender differences in academic careers persist and the first years seem to be crucial for the development of women’s academic research careers. This is presented in a new research review of Nordic research on equality in academic career, conducted by Charlotte Silander at Linnaeus University together with three colleagues. Despite the fact that Sweden is […]

After Brexit: somewhat changed cooperation in the Council of the European Union

27 April, 2021 - Göteborgs universitet

In the Council of the European Union, member states mostly cooperate with other countries in their geographical proximity. However, once it became clear that the United Kingdom was going to leave the EU, the member states also started cooperating to a greater extent with ideologically like-minded members. Research from the University of Gothenburg shows that […]

Fewer advertisers but more subscribers to the Nordic news media during the pandemic

15 April, 2021 - Göteborgs universitet

The corona pandemic has had a major impact on the Nordic news media. At the same time as advertising revenues have fallen drastically, interest among the audience for professional news coverage has increased, according to a new report from Nordicom at the University of Gothenburg. Several Nordic media companies have also reported record sales of […]

No connection between proximity to Stockholm terrorist attack and attitudes to terrorism

22 March, 2021 - Göteborgs universitet

Research has found that experiencing a traumatic event at close quarters changes people’s political attitudes. However, in the case of the 2017 terrorist attack in Stockholm, proximity to the attack had no additional political significance. Research from the University of Gothenburg shows that Swedes’ attitudes toward terrorism-related questions were affected equally, regardless of whether they […]

Media’s coverage of opinion polls significant – but not infrequently misleading

8 February, 2021 - Göteborgs universitet

The media’s coverage of voter opinion polls does not explain the statistical uncertainties, and the results can also influence other political reporting. This is seen in a thesis investigating Swedish news media’s use of opinion polls and the consequences for voters and politicians. Media coverage of opinion polls often turns to the metaphors of sports […]

Few indications that the new media landscape leads to increasing polarisation in society

25 January, 2021 - Göteborgs universitet

Increasing political polarisation is often attributed to the internet and the dramatic increase in access to sources of information – also known as the new media landscape. Media researcher Peter M. Dahlgren, however, has not seen any sign of this in Sweden. On the contrary, his new thesis shows that the problem is considerably smaller than […]