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Public acceptance of fossil fuel subsidy removal could be improved in developing countries

21 March, 2023 - Göteborgs universitet

People might be more positive to the removal of fuel subsidies if told where the money would be spent instead. This has been shown in a study from the University of Gothenburg, which investigated attitudes towards removing fossil fuel subsidies in five developing countries. The countries of the world have agreed to take joint responsibility […]

The extent of corruption in Sweden may be underestimated

14 March, 2023 - Linköpings universitet

There is a risk that individuals may benefit from having relatives in important posts in the public sector. This is shown in a doctoral thesis at Linköping University that investigates corruption in a mature democracy. The conclusion is that nepotism may be an underestimated problem that deserves more attention in Sweden.

The pandemic has changed the Swedish fashion industry

7 March, 2023 - Göteborgs universitet

The COVID-19 pandemic has had clear consequences for the Swedish fashion industry. Digitalisation has accelerated, while efforts to attract customers to physical stores have stagnated. A development that will continue, according to researcher Gabriella Wulff.

A gender-equality lens on rebuilding Ukraine

7 March, 2023 - Handelshögskolan i Stockholm

A team of economists argues that if the reconstruction of Ukraine is to result in stable, sustainable development and bring tangible benefits to all Ukrainians, the principles of “building-back better” need to take into account the specificities of gender.

The world is becoming increasingly authoritarian – but there is hope

2 March, 2023 - Göteborgs universitet

For the first time in two decades, there are more closed autocracies than liberal democracies in the world, but the future is not entirely bleak. This is shown in this year’s democracy report from the Varieties of Democracy Institute (V-Dem) at the University of Gothenburg. A democratic decline has taken place globally, and an increasing […]

Internet treatment program to prevent child sexual abuse launched in several languages

28 February, 2023 - Karolinska Institutet

Following a successful pilot study, an online anonymous treatment program aimed at reducing child sexual abuse by providing treatment to individuals who exhibit sexual urges towards children is being launched across the EU. It is now available in Swedish, German, and Portuguese as well as in an updated English version. The treatment program, which has […]

All who can should pay even for their basic greenhouse gas emissions

8 February, 2023 - Göteborgs universitet

We have a moral right to produce greenhouse gases to secure our basic needs, but this also entails obligations. Since GHG emissions are having a negative impact on the climate, all who can pay for their emissions should do so. This has been shown in a new study from the University of Gothenburg. Because GHG […]

Railway made Swedish villages and towns greener

25 January, 2023 - Göteborgs universitet

Construction of the main railway lines in Sweden included a large-scale garden project. Parks and kitchen gardens were built around the new stations, and long hedges were planted along the railways. A new dissertation from the University of Gothenburg describes how this came to be and explains why almost all of these cultivated areas are […]

American democracy suffering due to ageing leaders

24 January, 2023 - Göteborgs universitet

Leaders in the US are getting older. For example, politicians in the House of Representatives are 20 years older than the average voter, and the country’s 80-year-old President may stand for re-election. According to research from the University of Gothenburg, there is a risk that younger voters will become disinterested in democracy in the USA […]