This focus may be one of the university's established profile areas, but it should also provide an opportunity to develop new fields of knowledge. The gathering of forces that, per definition, occurs when a centre is founded is also expected to increase the potential for external research funding and the development of cooperation with the surrounding community.
The basic principles are that research centres primarily work with research and methodology development in interdisciplinary fields, that education is conducted at Master's level (second cycle) or above, or as contract education, and that cooperation with the surrounding community is given a prominent role in the centre's activities. A research centre should be one of the university's most important interfaces with public authorities, organisations, the labour market and societal interest in general. It should thus also contribute to making the university's activities more widely known, both regionally and nationally.
The centres are located at academic schools, which are responsible for funding, staff and issues relating to the work environment, as well as other support functions. A basic principle is that centres should not employ their own staff other than in cases where the vice-chancellor has declared an exceptional case. CBEES is currently the only centre that employs staff and is not located at an academic school.
Policy and rules for research centres at Södertörn University (in Swedish) [pdf-file, 333 kB].
Research centres at Södertörn University
The Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES) is a multi-disciplinary research centre at Södertörn University, focusing on the Baltic Sea area and Eastern Europe.
- Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge
The centre creates meetings between different forms of knowledge: theory and practice, art and science. We explore, raise awareness of and develop practical knowledge with an emphasis on different forms of knowledge in working life.
- Centre for the Study of Political Organisation
The centre examines the changing landscapes of politics. How do political actors construct and maintain power today? What types of actors are powerful in contemporary politics? What changes can be envisaged regarding form and function of democracy? At the Centre for the Study of Political Organisation we conduct research regarding how politics and policies are formulated, communicated and structured.
- ENTER forum
ENTER forum is a hub for multidisciplinary research and education in the field of entrepreneurship.
The MARIS research institute at Södertörn University carries out and develops maritime archaeological research, with a special emphasis on the Baltic Sea and the surrounding area.
- The Academy of Public Administration
The Academy of Public Administration is a multidisciplinary research centre at Södertörn University. It gathers research on public administration, primarily Swedish public administration, from a range of different areas.
- The Institute of Contemporary History
The Institute of Contemporary History at Södertörn University is a leading research centre for contemporary history in Sweden, with a strong interest in both domestic issues and history on the transnational and international level.