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  • 2024-05-21

    Can journalism regain its credibility? – Yes, but the fault does not lie with the media, it is the politicians who need to stop lying.

    In June, we have the EU elections and in November, the US presidential election awaits. At the same time, journalism is facing a bombardment of alleged declining credibility. How should this be resolved and who can you actually trust? Henrik Örnebring and Michael Karlsson, both professors in media and communication studies at Karlstad University and journalism researchers, explain the situation.

    Declining newspaper and advertising sales have been a long-standing problem for news media. The political landscape has also affected how people view the media’s credibility. Straight-up lies, no problem. Smearing opponents without grounds, happens on a daily basis. This game generates volumes of content that journalism needs to manage and respond to. Which in turn means that the real journalistic work ends up in the wake of all these lies.

  • 2024-05-21

    New research aims to advance development of treatment methods for psychological suffering

    – Diverse psychological suffering is almost more common than uncommon. Previous clinical research has tended to focus on individual diagnoses when evaluating psychological treatment methods, which has left the question hanging of how people with multiple diagnoses can be helped in the best way, says Daniel Wallsten, new doctor in psychology.

    In his thesis, Daniel Wallsten sheds light on the complex reality of psychological suffering that often spans several diagnostic areas, and questions aspects of the medical approach that includes the view of psychological suffering as disorders, as well as the methods that are often associated with medical research.

  • 2024-05-20

    New professor of gender studies sheds light on legal issues and human rights

    After 15 years at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, Annika Rudman chose Karlstad University as her new base.
    – I chose Karlstad since I, just like the university, believe in and want to promote internationalisation and interdisciplinary research, says Annika Rudman, new professor of gender studies.

    The common denominator of Annika Rudman’s research is a keen interest in the role that gender plays in relation to law, society, politics, culture and human behaviour. She explores legal issues related to sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, gender roles, sexual orientation, class, ethnicity and culture – often in combination. 

  • 2024-05-17

    Words from senior management: Protesters on campus

    The pro-Palestinian protests that are taking place at universities and university colleges around the world have now also reached Karlstad.

    On the night of Thursday 16 May, a group of protesters set up tents in the park next to the main entrance of Karlstad University. The vice-chancellor and pro-vice-chancellor spoke to the protesters early on Thursday morning.

  • 2024-05-17

    One step closer to sustainable hydropower

    Researchers from Karlstad University, University of Gothenburg and Lund University have started a new research project with the aim of making hydropower more environmentally friendly. As climate change affects our watercourses, the researchers are looking for new ways to protect aquatic life and at the same time ensure reliable energy production.

    The project takes on the difficult balancing act between generating hydroelectric power and protecting the environment.

  • 2024-05-16

    Leadership Scholarship Awarded to International Football Legend

    The Karlstad Grand Prix Award, in its form, resembles a large heart, symbolizing one of the most important qualities of a sports leader. This quality, among many others, is exemplified by this year’s recipient, Sven-Göran Eriksson, affectionately known as Svennis, the football coach from Torsby who has left an indelible mark as an outstanding team leader worldwide.

    The Sports Leadership Scholarship, Karlstad Grand Prix Award, was established by the Karlstad Municipality and Karlstad University to honor significant leadership achievements within Swedish sports.

    Svennis, a native of Torsby, played both ice hockey and football during his youth. After his active career as a football player, he had the opportunity to coach Degerfors. He was subsequently recruited to IFK Göteborg, and in the 1981-82 season, he led the team to victory in the Swedish Cup, Allsvenskan, and UEFA Cup.

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