• 2021-10-18

    SweDigArch enables the archaeology of the future

    SweDigArch has been awarded funding from the Swedish Research Council to create a national infrastructure for digital archaeology. The new infrastructure is a collaborative venture between six Swedish universities, the National Heritage Board and National Historical Museums. SweDigArch is a unique initiative that will link data from research, archaeological excavations and digitized museum collections. It will enable the advanced data driven analysis of complex information from the entirety of Sweden’s history, from the last Ice Age to the present day.

    Society faces major challenges towards achieving sustainable development. Archaeological and palaeoecological evidence, buried within the landscape, provides a unique time perspective with which we can meet these challenges. These traces of past human-environment interactions are not only important for understanding the past, but also allow us to formulate solutions for a sustainable future.

  • 2021-05-19

    Karlstad researcher hosts international climate discussion

    On May 20-22, the conference re: publica 2021 will broadcast live from Berlin. The programme covers a broad range of topics, from misinformation and false journalism to climate issues. Among the speakers is Avit Bhowmik, researcher in Risk and Environmental Studies, who will host a discussion on climate measures and the work on the Exponential Climate Action Roadmap.

    During three days, re: publica 2021 will broadcast a total of 37 hours with 256 speakers and 140 program points.

  • 2021-05-11

    Hello there, Margareta Dahlström, professor in Human Geography...

    ... who is cutting back on assignments in anticipation of retirement and recently passed the baton of CRS directorship on to Moa Tunström. CRS was inaugurated 1 April 2015, with you as director. What sort of challenges did you face?

    “The assignment was to set up a research centre with externally funded research, publication of scholarly articles, and research collaboration with different external partners. Research dissemination was key from the get-go given that the demand for the research created a need for dissemination beyond the academic community.”

  • 2021-05-10

    New members of the CRS advisory board

    On 31 May, the term expires for the current board for CRS, the Centre for Research on Sustainable Societal Transformation. A new advisory board has been appointed and the new members include Georg Andrén, governor of Värmland, and Karolina Isaksson, senior researcher at VTI, the Swedish National Road and Transport Institute, who will serve as chair.

    Karlstad University vice-chancellor Johan Sterte has appointed members of the CRS advisory board, which is the new name for the boards of University research centres.

    “This board is crucial to the development of CRS, especially to our ability for collaboration in relevant networks. Having such a competent and strong board to discuss long-term and strategic issues with is incredible, says Moa Tunström, CRS director since 1 April.

  • 2021-03-29

    Action plan for a digital Värmland takes shape

    Värmland is collaborating with two other European regions within the framework of the EU project DigiTeRRI to support digital development. Two out of three workshops have been held and an action plan is starting to take shape. Around 50 representatives of companies, the public sector, and organisations came together to identify needs and generate ideas for how Värmland can move ahead on the journey that is digitisation.

    The first workshop was conducted in late January with around 40 participants. A vision was established of Värmland as an attractive and sustainable region where everyone is part of the digital society. The key concepts include flexible infrastructure, quality of life, and local activity and global growth. The next workshop took place just under two months later and focused on goals, direction, and concrete action. What should the concrete goals be and what do we need to do to reach them?

  • 2021-03-09

    The downside of applying the project form to aid policy

    The project form as an organisational tool is a distinctive feature of modern political development work. David Scott is a lecturer in Political Science at Karlstad University whose recently completed doctoral thesis examined the use of the project as an organisational form in development aid and its ramifications for political work.

    "My findings show that the project form has a depoliticising effect. What remains is a technical and bureaucratic process that leaves no room for politics and the ambition to effect change in society. Instead, the objective is to fulfil bureaucratic requirements", explains David Scott.