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Lund University announces major international research programme on sustainable development

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Lund University is investing SEK 100 million in an interdisciplinary research programme focusing on Agenda 2030 and sustainable development. The programme is to attract international research expertise and to bring about the establishment of more internationally leading research environments in sustainability.

“With its breadth and cutting edge, Lund University has unique opportunities to tackle complex issues such as sustainability and here we have a fantastic chance to reinforce interdisciplinary environments”, says Lund University’s vice-chancellor Erik Renström.

“This is a strategic investment which emphasises excellence. By extending the Agenda 2030 graduate school with more doctoral students and investing in a large number of postdocs in interdisciplinary projects, we expect to achieve a broad international combination of researchers and ideas. The goal is internationally leading research environments and we look forward to project applications that show innovation, collaboration and research with real development potential”, says pro vice-chancellor Per Mickwitz, who is responsible for the programme.

The new research initiative is part of Lund University’s strategic work in the field of sustainability. Previous investments include SEK 64 million for the Agenda 2030 graduate school which started in 2019, arousing great international interest, and receives many applications per place. The Sustainability Forum, the coordinating hub for sustainability in research and education at Lund University, has been awarded increased funding and an extended remit, while Lund University has approved a new sustainability strategy and sustainability plan. The new investment is also in line with the government’s strategic research and innovation initiatives in sustainability and the EU budget, of which a large part will be dedicated in future to meeting societal challenges associated with Agenda 2030.

“Lund University has not only the opportunity but also a major responsibility to contribute to increasing knowledge about sustainability and to assist in the transition that society is facing, which requires many different approaches, new ideas and innovations”, says Erik Renström.


About the programme:


The investment consists of a total of SEK 100 million and the first round of applications will open in 2021. The programme comprises two parts:

The first is an investment in up to 12 postdoc positions in interdisciplinary projects associated with Agenda 2030. Each project is to involve at least three faculties and to have a clear link to external engagement.

The second part of the initiative consists of eight new doctoral studentships in the Agenda 2030 graduate school at Lund University, which began in 2019 and currently has 17 doctoral students from all of the University’s nine faculties.  


Per Mickwitz, pro vice-chancellor with special responsibility for research (in charge of the programme)
per [dot] mickwitz [at] rektor [dot] lu [dot] se
+46 73- 075 70 74

Vice-chancellor Erik Renström
erik [dot] renstrom [at] rektor [dot] lu [dot] se
+ 46 46-222 70 01