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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.
Self-healing solar cells recover at night
Perovskite solar cells degrade when exposed to sunlight, which results in decreasing performance over time. A new research project will examine how such solar cells could recover and self-repair at night.
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.
A delayed visit
Stefanija Klaric from Darwin, Australia was supposed to visit us three years ago, but then the pandemic happened.
Regarding the invasion of Ukraine
Karlstad University expresses its support for the universities and civilian population of Ukraine and backs the statement made by the Association of Swedish Higher Education Institutions (SUHF).
Study and career guidance
Are you considering studying at Karlstad University? Our study and career counsellors can help you.
The Grants and Innovation Office (GIO) has the task of supporting research co-operation between the university and companies, organisations, and authorities.
Swedish understandings of race and racism in the post-war period
"The deracialization of Sweden", is a recently published research anthology focusing on issues of race, racism, anti-racism and whiteness in a Swedish post-war and contemporary context. The anthology is edited by Tobias Hübinette and Peter Wikström, researchers at the Research Group for Culture Studies (Kufo) at Karlstad University. The volume encompasses 13 studies written by researchers from different disciplines and fields that collectively explore how the concept of race was gradually dismantled and became taboo in Sweden after 1945, and how a specifically Swedish form of anti-racism instead became normative.
Taken together the book’s 13 contributions she light upon where Swedish racial thinking went after 1945 within a number of different spheres and sectors.
– There was a break with racial thinking during the late 1960s when a new attitude to race began to emerge that finally led to the “colorblind” anti-racism of our time, says Tobias Hübinette.
Politicians learned more about Karlstad University during visit
On Friday, members of parliament Mats Wiking and Niklas Sigvardsson visited Karlstad University.
– We are out on a tour visiting universities around the country. Karlstad University is the first higher education institution that we visit together, says Mats Wiking.
– This really provides a good insight into all the positive things that are going on at the university, as well as the challenges that exist, says Niklas Sigvardsson.
Both of them represent the Social Democrats in the Swedish Riksdag and are members of the Committee on Education.
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”.
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.
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.
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.