• 2023-03-23

    Greater insight into how the needs of older people can be met in spatial and social planning

    The COVID-19 pandemic brought many great challenges for older people in their daily lives. In the study “Nowhere to go – Effects on elderly’s travel during COVID-19”, researchers focus on older people's travel experiences during the pandemic.

    In order to gain a deeper understanding of older people’s thoughts and feelings in relation to their means to travel and participate in activities during the pandemic, Katrin Lättman, Senior Lecturer and Docent in Psychology at the University of Gävle, together with Lars E. Olsson and Margareta Friman, both from the Service Research Center (CTF) at Karlstad University, conducted the study “Nowhere to go – Effects on elderly’s travel during COVID-19”.

  • 2023-03-23

    Food packaging – blessing or curse for the environment?

    The development of packaging is one of the reasons why the welfare society was able to emerge. With increasingly sophisticated packaging, food could be consumed long after it was harvested or slaughtered, and far from the place where it was produced.

    Food production is the sector with the greatest impact on the planet’s ecosystem. The production and consumption of food is behind one third of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions, 70% of the world’s fresh water use, and is the single biggest cause of the extinction of species and eutrophication. For both environmental and social reasons, more efforts are needed to ensure that the food we produce is consumed and not thrown away. Food waste currently accounts for 10% of our impact on the climate.

  • 2023-03-22

    Climate action by all, for all

    The IPCC sixth assessment synthesis report summary for policymakers was approved yesterday and officially released today. For the very first time, IPCC explicitly recognized and emphasized the role of diverse non-state and subnational actors, and transdisciplinary climate action.

    Starting at the very first page of the synthesis report, the importance of distributed and diverse climate action projects and multilevel and polycentric climate governance for sustaining the reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions was highlighted throughout the report and particularly in section 14.5.

  • 2023-03-20

    Mock trials included in course on tax law

    As part of the law programme at Karlstad Business School, students get to experience a mock trial at Värmland District Court in Karlstad.

    On Friday 10 March, students participated in a mock trial in Karlstad as part of the course Methods in Tax Law. Four groups represented the parties – the Swedish Tax Agency and the person charged with tax fraud. The chief judge, Ulrika Melin, welcomed the students in the court waiting room. After that, the mock trial began.

  • 2023-03-20

    Guest doctoral student found us through EUNICE

    Rihab Balti is in her third year as a computer science PhD student at the Université Polytechnique Hauts-de-France, Vallenciennes, France, and the National School of Computer Science, Tunisia. She is visiting the subject of Educational work at Karlstad University, after finding us through the EUNICE university alliance.

    Rihab Balti is researching distance studies and wants to gain a greater understanding of what behaviors and needs students have when it comes to studying online. In order to get a different perspective, she wants to get in touch with teachers and researchers within Educational work, and it turned out that Karlstad University was the only university with connections to EUNICE that has that subject. Rihab Balti contacted the university and received an invitation to visit quite immediately.

  • 2023-03-02

    Major PhD student network launched in partnership with MAX IV

    PRISMAS, PhD Research and Innovation in Synchrotron Methods and Applications in Sweden, is a new doctoral programme that will train the next generation of synchotron experts at MAX IV. The programme will train 40 curious, problem-solving PhD students in advanced X-ray methods synchrotron methodologies and techniques and their application in tackling current and future societal challenges

    Joining an initiative of this size along with eight other Swedish universities is very significant for us. It puts Karlstad University on the map when it comes to synchotron research, says Ellen Moons, professor of physics and member of the PRISMAS steering group. 

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