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  • 2021-01-20

    Research for a better school environment with the help of IoT

    Over the next two years, researchers at CTF, Service Research Center at Karlstad University, will investigate how the Internet of Things, IoT, can be used in creating a better school environment and improving student health. The project will be carried out together with a number of actors and is based on a secondary school in Arvika municipality, Sweden.

    The focus of the project is to find out how IoT can measure children’s and young people’s health at school. Today, these measurements are done by interviews and surveys.

    "We will try to match the technical possibilities of IoT together with the student health service’s needs, and at the same time monitor integrity issues. Our goal is to map out what data the future system can deliver, and how this could help student health services to create value and well-being for the students," says project manager Erik Wästlund, Associate Professor of Psychology.

  • 2021-01-13

    Two reports with great impact on future sustainability

    The development of the food industry is of great importance for the planet and the survival of our civilization. Many people are unaware that our food consumption and our farming methods are some of the biggest threats to the environment worldwide. A group of international researchers have focused on this in a report that has received a considerable amount of attention, “Diets for a Better Future”, in which Avit Bhowmik, senior lecturer in risk and environmental studies, was one of the authors.

    Agriculture already dominates about 40 percent of Earth’s surface and has been the main cause of deforestation, degradation of habitats and loss of biodiversity worldwide. Agriculture is also the biggest polluter of the world’s water resources. Lakes, rivers and oceans around the world have been disrupted by human activities, especially through food production. The food industry contributes to about 25 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, equivalent to the emissions from the whole world’s production of electricity.

  • 2020-12-17

    The project Privacy&Us – how to combine privacy and usability

    We are often exposed to privacy information that is designed in a way that urges us to quickly give our consent and disclose more data than necessary. Through the project Privacy&Us, Karlstad University has for the first time coordinated a project within a European framework programme.

    The project Privacy&Us (Privacy & Usability), which ended recently, has trained thirteen innovative Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) within the field of privacy and usability in reasoning, designing and developing new useful solutions to protect the privacy of citizens.

    - The expertise within the Privacy&Us project is very important for the business sector, authorities and the academic community and we are pleased that it has been so successful, says Simone Fischer-Hübner, professor of computer science at Karlstad University.

  • 2020-12-17

    Alexandre Sukhov awarded the Wallander scholarship

    Researcher Alexandre Sukhov is awarded the prestigious Wallander Scholarship of SEK 1.725 000 for his doctoral dissertation "The human side of idea screening" which deals with idea evaluation and development in the front end of innovation.

    "This is fantastic news and a great honor! Thanks to the scholarship I will have full funding for the next three years to continue my research with the ambition to achieve associate professor competence," says Alexandre Sukhov, researcher at CTF, Service Research Center, and assistant professor at Karlstad Business School.

  • 2020-12-16

    Plan for a smaller Christmas dinner to minimize your food waste

    During the Christmas and New Year holiday record amounts of food is wasted. But, it is possible to reduce food waste with relatively simple means. Here, researchers at CTF, Service Research Center at Karlstad University, share some tips for a more climate-smart Christmas.

    "This year Christmas will be a bit different, and we cannot celebrate as usual with our loved ones. We are urged to avoid congestion the days before Christmas by doing our grocery shopping earlier and freezing the food, says Helén Williams, Associate Professor of Environmental and Energy Systems at CTF. "When planning your purchases, also think about how you can reduce food waste."

    Helén Williams conducts research on the role of packaging for reduced food waste together with her colleague Fredrik Wikström.

  • 2020-12-15

    Focus on travel habits and important life events in a new study

    Is a new home, a new job or parenthood a window of opportunity for changed travel habits? In a new study at CTF, Service Research Center at Karlstad University, researchers will investigate how important life events affect people's travel habits in order to gain more knowledge about what motivates people to long-term sustainable travel.

    "Becoming an adult, getting a driver's license, moving away from home, starting a family or breaking up, changing jobs or retiring, are important life events. The main question we ask is, how does travel habits change when life changes? We want to understand people's ability and motivation to travel sustainably," says Lars E Olsson, Professor of Psychology at CTF.

    During the next four years, he will run the study in a new research project together with Margareta Friman, Professor of Psychology at CTF. The project is funded by the Swedish Energy Agency.

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