Our research

Books in the librarySödertörn University has professional, creative research environments that range over many disciplines and fields.

Our research has a contemporary focus united with an active and critical approach to the past. Many of the research groups and research projects strive to achieve a high level of contemporary and social relevance. The university's research generally has an international focus, even in subjects that traditionally examine their own national cultures and history. A key word is multidisciplinarity.

Our research

Research at Södertörn University covers many disciplines and fields. The aims and starting points of this research are described below.

Contemporary and social relevance

A shared characteristic of many research groups and research projects is that they strive for a high level of contemporary and social relevance. This includes everything from the study of interreligious and intercultural relations to environmental issues, communication strategies and contemporary change in the public sphere. Studies touch on Sweden, the Baltic region and the new Europe. The humanities have strong research profiles based on critical reflection around mankind and society, including a focus on practices of cultural memory.


Södertörn University has a strong tradition of multidisciplinary research. Cooperation across conventional boundaries is important in achieving more nuanced knowledge of complex social phenomena, which can also result in new perspectives and problem formulations.

Research in the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

Multidisciplinary research into the Baltic region and Eastern Europe is an import research profile at Södertörn University. The university has great expertise in illuminating, explaining and actively participating in analyses of ongoing change in the nearby Baltic region, as well as in studies of the new Europe that has developed after the fall of the Berlin wall. They may deal with housing segregation or youths searching for their identity, but they may also deal with the Cold War. A majority of this research is done in collaboration with and within the Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES), which was founded in 2005.


Research is not a national concern; instead by nature it is international and focused outwards. Many of the university's researchers are part of international research environments through cooperation, publications and participation at conferences. We also wish to be an attractive environment for those externally, in the form of visiting researchers and post-doctoral students, of which a number are linked to the profile of the Baltic region and Eastern Europe. The aim is to continually develop and deepen external links.


The centres add academic value to the university by focusing on a field of scientific interest that is at the intersection of traditional disciplines, forming creative meeting places for staff and students. 

Third-cycle programmes

Södertörn University has the right to award third-cycle (doctoral) degrees within four multidisciplinary research areas. Providing and being responsible for third-cycle programmes is a central aspect of a living research environment.

The university has previously had third-cycle students in a number of subjects. These conducted their activities and were educated at Södertörn University, but in collaboration with other higher education institutions.  

In total, the university has around one hundred doctoral students.

PhD Course Spring 2015

In the spring of 2015 we will offer a PhD course on advanced qualitative research methods in the social sciences. To register and read more please visit this page.