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Societal challenge-driven research

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The Department of Law has great potential to further develop and strengthen its already considerable strong participation in multi- and cross-disciplinary research projects of great societal relevance.

Societal challenges such as globalisation, climate change, economics, demography, the altered conditions for democracy, the altered role of science and knowledge, the return of religion, as well as new controversies in terms of cultural identities and political ideologies are major issues in the university’s and faculty’s research strategies, as well as in EU's research programme Horizon 2020.

Accordingly, a number of legal research projects at our department focus on questions related to these challenges. Furthermore, in order to meet societal challenges, we believe that research should have an integrative approach based on a wide variety of knowledge areas.

The department has so far identified three areas of strength, or themes, with strong, internationally relevant research, great multidisciplinary potential and, moreover, possibilities to actively interact with society: ocean governance, social sustainability, knowledge and intellectual resources. Challenges within the theme ocean governance are for example environmental impact, natural resources, rationality and efficiency in transportation. Social sustainability deals with issues such as poverty and resource distribution, working life, discrimination, migration and segregation, (psychological) illness, democracy issues. Knowledge and intellectual resources focus on innovation, security and transfer, world trade and development, computer surveillance and personal integrity, open access and freedom of speech.

Our aim is to develop strong international and interdisciplinary research environments within these areas, consisting of senior researchers - one or more professors, as well as one or more senior lecturers. We expect that these environments will be financed by external funds. The connection to the LLM programme is primarily international and at second-cycle level, for example in the form of specialised Master programmes. We also see great potential for research-based collaboration through the development of legal courses in applied law, which particularly relates to research within social sustainability.

Page Manager: Christine Forssell|Last update: 12/3/2018

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