Södertörn University’s research will contribute to sustainable societal development; this is established in the vision produced by the governing board of the university. Our research now stretches across many disciplines and areas.
Societal and contemporary relevance
Many of our research groups and projects are characterised by their desire to achieve a high level of societal and contemporary relevance. Research includes everything from interreligious and intercultural relations to environmental problems, communication strategies and contemporary changes to the public sphere. Studies relate to Sweden, the area around the Baltic Sea and the new Europe. There a strong research profiles in the humanities, with their foundation in critical reflection on humanity and society, including a specialisation in cultural memory practices.
Södertörn University has a strong tradition of multidisciplinary research. Cooperation across traditional boundaries is important in achieving more nuanced knowledge of complex societal phenomena, which can also lead to new perspectives and problem formulations.
Research about the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe
Multidisciplinary research about the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe is an important profile at Södertörn University. At the university there is a great deal of expertise in examining, explaining and actively participating in analyses of ongoing change in the Baltic Sea region. Studies of the new Europe that has developed since the wall fell also belong here; they may cover housing segregation or young people’s search for identity. However, they could also deal with the Cold War. A great deal of this research is coordinated by the Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES).
Research is not only a national concern, but is international and outward-looking to its nature. Many of the university’s researchers are part of international research environments through collaborations, publications and conference participation. At the same time, we also want to be an attractive environment for external parties in the form of visiting researchers and post-docs, of which a number are affiliated to the Baltic Sea and Eastern Europe profile. The aim is to continually develop and deepen our contacts with the world around us.
Research centres provide the university with more academic value by focusing on a field of scholarly interest that is at the intersection between traditional disciplines, thus forming creative meeting places for staff and students.
The university can award doctoral degrees in five multidisciplinary research areas for doctoral studies. Providing and being responsible for doctoral education is a vital part of a thriving research environment.
The university previously had students at doctoral level in various subjects. These were normally at Södertörn University for their education, but this was in cooperation with other universities. Overall, there are around one hundred doctoral students at the university.