• 2020-03-17

    Conference on values of the forest postponed

    The Ingoskog project, about forest based green transition , would have had its closing conference in May. However, due to the spread of the corona virus, the conference is moved forward.

    "We hope to be able to conduct the conference on 18-19 August and will decide this in mid-May. Then we will also see what forms the conference should have, says project manager Margareta Dahlström. The registration to the Conference will also reopen during May .

  • 2019-11-06

    New name for CRS

    From regional development to region building and now social change. The Centre for Region Building (CRS) changes name to Centre for Research on Sustainable Societal Transformation and celebrates the ten-year anniversary of its graduate school. Research fields change with social change. CRS has developed a new research programme and a name change was called for.

    ”The former name – Centre for Region Building – was no longer relevant. The research field has expanded nationally as well as internationally, and for CRS the projects are increasingly concerned with sustainable social change. Currently, we study, for example, forest-based sustainable bioeconomy, place-based digital experiences and how families choose a new housing region to have a more sustainable living. The new name better reflects what we study as well as social needs,” says Margareta Dahlström, director of CRS.

  • 2019-05-09

    Majken Jul Sørensen new director of CRS Graduate School

    Majken Jul Sørensen, senior lecturer of sociology, has recently been appointed Director of the popular CRS graduate school together with Marie Nordfeldt, professor of social work.

    Majken Jul Sørensen's research deals primarily with non-violent resistance and grassroot movements. Her interest in non-violent social movements, conflict change, as well as humour and political activism, centres, among other things, on human capacity to effect change from the bottom-up. She studies social science areas such as public movements, resistance, and the sociology of humour, history and emotions.

  • 2019-05-08

    Final report on How national strategies become regional practice

    In conjunction with the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth, two CRS researchers have studied the regional adaptations required for a national strategy to be implemented. How clear is a strategy regionally and how successful is it?

    The background to the project is the government's strategy to "re-industrialise" Sweden, which includes the Agency's programme "Smart Industry in the Regions." The government wants to strengthen industrial competitiveness by increasing the capacity to implement innovations such as digitisation and automation – which in turn can lead to ensuring workforce expertise professional.

  • 2019-05-08

    Hello there, Sofia Billebo, doctoral student in the CRS graduate school...

    ... you started last autum and aim for a doctorate in human geography. What is the topic of your thesis?

    "I investigate the relationship between humans, animals and the environment – more specifically between humans, wolves and different spatial conditions. I will focus more closely on three districts: the Stockholm area, Värmland and Sápmi – the Sámi people's area, encompassing the northern part of Sweden, southwards as far as Söderhamn in the east across Sweden to Idre in the west."

  • 2019-03-29

    Driving forces for a sustainable transition to bioeconomy

    How do we increase the pace of the transition to a sustainable bioeconomy? What are the driving forces and what do the challenges look like? Some are about innovation and new technological solutions, but equally important is to change rules and frameworks at the global, national and regional level. That people need to meet and exchange knowledge, experiences and build networks is a necessity. The conference People and networks matter - enabling sustainable bioeconomy transition in Karlstad on 27-28 March, constituted an arena for both networking, exchanging knowledge - and creating policy.

    Nordregio's Karen Refsgaard, Research Director, stated that local networks with different stakeholders play an important role in the organization of the work in order to develop a sustainable bioeconomy.