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Strategic research areas

Strategic research areas. Illustration: Unknown.

Lund University is involved in 11 out of Sweden’s 20 national strategic research areas (SRAs), more than any other university in the country.

The strategic research areas promote innovative thinking and risk-taking in research and are characterised by long-term vision and multidisciplinarity.

They address current and complex challenges in-depth and from multiple perspectives, in areas such as health, technology, environment, climate, and society.

Their extensive engagement allows them to develop world-leading, research-intensive environments with both breadth and specialised expertise in cutting-edge research.

These areas are not only central to Lund University but also to maintaining Sweden's position as a leading international knowledge nation.

We study how biodiversity and ecosystem services are affected by changes in land use and the climate. The knowledge we gain contributes to sustainable solutions for nature and people.

Biodiversity and ecosystem services

We conduct advanced research on the climate – exploring what affects it, historical patterns, biosphere-atmosphere interactions, and what we can expect in the future with a changing climate.

Climate research

We conduct experimental and clinical diabetes research. Our aim is to develop new treatments and drugs that can prevent or cure diabetes, which is a fast-growing chronic disease.

Diabetes research

By studying genetic, lifestyle and environmental factors, our researchers can explore why specific groups are more susceptible to certain diseases than others. This knowledge helps us prevent disease and promote good health.


Researchers in e-Science use computers and other digital technologies to study complex problems that were previously impossible to solve. Advances and discoveries in this field benefit both science and society as a whole.


This research area brings together researchers from different disciplines to address IT and communication challenges in society .

The research focuses on mobile broadband, industrial automation, the automotive and aviation industries, smart buildings, healthcare and connected communities.

ELLIIT website

We conduct research that enhances our understanding of the major issues in the Middle East. The goal is to promote democracy, peace and sustainable development in this dynamic yet unstable region.

Middle East research

With nanotechnology, our researchers can create very small structures. The technology enables the development of materials that hold promise for future advances in fields such as information technology, sustainability and precision medicine.

NanoLund is Sweden’s largest research environment in nanoscience and nanotechnology, involving research teams in engineering, medicine and science.


We conduct pioneering neuroscientific research. Through experimental, clinical and point-of-care research, our researchers are making discoveries that are being used to treat various brain disorders.


We are advancing stem cell research, unlocking the potential of stem cells to develop improved treatments and cures for the patients of tomorrow.

Stem cell research

We are developing new ideas within materials, manufacturing and recycling in close collaboration with industry. Our aim is to find solutions that are both environmentally friendly and make companies more competitive.

Sustainable production

Strategic research areas in Sweden

In 2009, the Swedish government decided on a long-term investment in a number of strategic research areas to stimulate the development of new knowledge and excellent research environments.