• 2022-11-24

    DRIVE Kick-off – starting point for latency research

    On November 16-17, the DRIVE project held a two-day kick-off meeting at Karlstad University. The aim for the kick-off was to get the DRIVE and its subprojects officially started and to let all partner representatives and researchers meet face-to-face.

    - I am very excited to get started!  A project of this great distinction and societal importance strengthens our research environment even more and puts Karlstad University on the map, says Professor Anna Brunström, project manager of DRIVE. I have high expectations for everything DRIVE can provide.

  • 2022-11-16

    Great interest in research on travel satisfaction in public transport

    With the article “Assessing travel satisfaction in public transport: A configurational approach”, researchers at Karlstad Business School and the subject of psychology have attracted global attention.
    - This shows that our research has an impact, says Alexandre Sukhov.

    Alexandre Sukhov, Margareta Friman and Lars E. Olsson from Karlstad University have together with Katrin Lättman from the University of Gävle and Satoshi Fujii from Kyoto University conducted a study on travel satisfaction in public transport. The result has generated great interest – to the extent that Elsevier named it “Top downloaded open access article”.

  • 2022-11-10

    The Climate Long Game: An urgent call for an action research agenda

    In a recently published perspective article in the prestigious journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers put forward an agenda for integrated climate catastrophe assessment, emphasizing the need for in-depth understanding of climate change induced mass human mortality and even extinction.

     In a commentary article published in the same journal, Research Director of Centre for Research on Sustainable Societal Transformation and Assistant Professor of Risk and Environmental Studies Avit Bhowmik raises concern that such a research agenda risks portraying climate change as unsolvable and inevitable, and may trigger fear, hopelessness and inaction.

  • 2022-10-26

    Tough times for both consumers and entrepreneurs

    What are the long-term effects of the current economic situation, for both consumers and producers? And how can we guide young adults towards more sustainable consumption. Researchers at Service Research Center (CTF) at Karlstad University answer questions on this subject.

    Producers want to sell their products, of course, but many will experience lower sales figures. How can businesses prepare for the challenges of the current economic situation?

  • 2022-10-26

    Research aimed at maintaining the autonomy of passengers when cars are replaced by public transport

    Public transport is an important part of a sustainable and equal society. In order to accelerate this transition, new knowledge and more research is needed. A new collaboration project is now under way at Service Research Center (CTF) at Karlstad University, aiming to develop new knowledge related to dynamic public transport, and to understand the conditions for changes in modes of transportation.

    The research is conducted in collaboration with Region Värmland, and it is based on two pilot studies where dynamic public transport — sometimes called demand-responsive transport — was implemented in certain cities, in order to examine if or when this type of solution can increase accessibility and act as an energy efficient alternative. A particular emphasis is placed on the publics’ sense of autonomy (the right to self-determination) and perceived accessibility in relation to new, dynamic transportation solutions. 

  • 2022-10-25

    The hunt for the elusive algorithms intensifies

    The tech corporations’ algorithms are well-kept secrets. Three researchers, two of which come from Karlstad University, have now made progress and managed to catch a glimpse of what governs what you are exposed to on Facebook.

    Researching algorithms is hard, since it is impossible to gain access to the tech corporations’ systems. They are clouded in a technological fog, and the people behind them are contractually bound to secrecy. In a sense, it is a real-life science fiction thriller — a hunt for something elusive that mostly keeps hidden amongst the ones and the zeros.

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