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When the Impossible Becomes Possible

8 June, 2020 - K2 – Nationellt kunskapscentrum för kollektivtrafik

Researchers have studied the COVID-19’s impact on work and travel patterns in Swedish public agencies. Results indicate a more long-lasting impact on the way we meet in business than in our commuting habits.

How corona is changing the retail industry

15 May, 2020 - Handelshögskolan i Stockholm

Social distancing has fundamentally changed shopping behaviors and thereby the retail industry – but what will happen next? What opportunities may arise as the dust settles and we move towards a new normal? The corona pandemic has struck a hard blow to the retail industry. Social distancing means fewer customers passing through brick and mortar […]

Old democracies cope better with severe crisis than newer ones

6 May, 2020 - Göteborgs universitet

In established democracies with long experience of democracy, the risk of democratic breakdown, in the face of a crisis like the current corona-crisis, is low. The outlook is very different for new democracies, especially those with weak civil society and weak political parties, according to research from the University of Gothenburg. The interwar period, 1918–1939, […]

Researchers: The research on how a growing global population should be provided with food has been lacking a holistic perspective

24 January, 2020 - Linnéuniversitetet

Meeting one of the great challenges of our time – providing a growing global population with food – requires research with a holistic perspective on food production, people’s eating habits, and the population increase. However, during the last few decades, the world’s researchers have primarily focused on the first of these factors, and more or […]

Dual residence works well when children have a close relationship with both parents

5 December, 2019 - Göteborgs universitet

Dual residence, where children live approximately equally with each parent after separation or divorce, works best if the child has influence over the living arrangement and has good and close relationships with each parent. A new doctoral thesis from the University of Gothenburg identifies several aspects important to the way children and young people experience their family model.

Expect Russia to continue throwing its military weight around, not least in Europe

3 December, 2019 - FOI Totalförsvarets forskningsinstitut

Compared to a decade ago, Russia has clearly made substantial progress in transforming its military into an efficient fighting force. A new report from FOI forecasts a consolidation of Russian military capability towards 2029, with several implications for international security. – Over the past ten years, Russia has bridged the gap between its policy ambitions […]

Researchers travel the world to prevent parents from beating their children

27 November, 2019 - Linnéuniversitetet

It is still common around the world that parents and other guardians punish their children with violence. Now, two social work researchers at Linnaeus University, Cecilia Kjellgren and Johanna Thulin, travel to the Philippines to tackle this challenge. During their visit they will spread their model in order to teach parents what effects physical punishment […]

Three new honorary doctors at Linnaeus University

30 October, 2019 - Linnéuniversitetet

A Dutch professor of literary theory and cultural analysis, an American professor of organisational theory, and a former chief commissioner of Kronoberg County Police Department are Linnaeus University’s honorary doctors for 2020. Mieke Bal is appointed honorary doctor 2020 by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. Mieke Bal is professor of literary theory and cultural […]

New Book Launch: The digitization of media – a challenge for democracy

23 September, 2019 - Göteborgs universitet

In the age of digital communication, Media and Information Literacy (MIL) is more urgent than ever. In her new book, Ulla Carlsson, UNESCO Chair on Freedom of Expression, Media Development and Global Policy at University of Gothenburg, calls for new solutions as a part of a democracy strategy. Around the world, citizens are struggling to […]

Social journalists and a new social news media logic when social media is adopted in journalism

27 August, 2019 - Göteborgs universitet

With social media an important part of journalism, Swedish journalists have become more social. Social media have also become important platform for journalists to build their personal brands. But don’t blame the personal branding on social media alone, Ulrika Hedman, who has studied Swedish journalists’ adoption of social media, says: “We can just as well […]