Here we gather columns written by researchers at Uppsala University. They share both their expertise and their personal reflections, with links to important issues in society and current events.
"Ten years with positive parenting in Uppsala"
07 april 2020
‘Being a parent is not always easy – with Triple P, you can strengthen your parenting skills’. That’s what the advertisements say at the preschool for parental guidance, according to the Triple P – Positive Parenting Programme. Our research shows ...
"Swedish schools face many challenges"
23 mars 2020
Since the latest PISA review, there has been a certain lull around Swedish schools. But their educational task is broader than the purely knowledge-related one. And in a world where democracy is under threat, pupils lack a desire to learn and ment...
Lisa Ekselius: But why only women?
08 mars 2020
WoMHeR is Uppsala University’s new centre focusing on treating and preventing women’s mental ill-health. “But why just women?” one may wonder. The answer is abundantly clear, writes Lisa Ekselius, Professor of Psychiatry and Senior Consultant Psyc...
"Mother tongue instruction or Swedish? Pupils want both"
03 juni 2019
Multicultural Sweden needs a substantial expansion in both mother tongue instruction and teaching of Swedish as a second language. It is not only school children’s language development but also affirmation of their identity and background that cou...
"Shadow of Brexit looms over European elections"
06 maj 2019
The United Kingdom and the other 27 EU member states had agreed that the British withdrawal from the Union would take place in good time before the elections for the European Parliament. But the postponement of the withdrawal deadline now means th...
“Tepid is not nearly warm enough”
22 januari 2019
“The digital change process has begun in earnest and the organisations that will flourish are those that have a dynamic digital intrapreneurship.”, writes Katarina Blomkvist, senior lecturer at the Department of Business Studies and one of the aut...
“Climate change is ultimately a rationing issue”
15 oktober 2018
Kevin Anderson, Zennström Professor of Climate Change Leadership at Uppsala University, responds to the report from the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change from 8 October 2018.
"Release the collections!"
27 mars 2018
Over a five-year period, SEK 175 million will go towards digitalisation and making cultural heritage collections available. The digitalisation work that will be carried out in the next few years will lead to a significant amount of exciting new cu...
"Big questions do not have small answers"
27 december 2017
Some questions we perceive are “bigger” than other questions. What does it mean to live, to be, rather than not to be? When does life begin and when does it end? What is a human being? Does life have a meaning or do we endow it with mere façades o...
In 2000, Nobel Laureate Paul Crutzen introduced the concept of the Anthropocene. The idea behind the term is that human impact on the Earth's environment has now become so significant that it justifies the introduction of a new geological epoch.
On 18 October, China’s communist party will begin its 19th National Congress. The party leader, General Secretary Xi Jinping, has used his five years in power to intensively combat the groups within the party that do not belong to his own, thereby strengthening his power.
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Amartya Sen, who has been awarded the 2017 Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science, asserts that it is only greater political equality – democracy – that will lead to the many gaining the freedom to govern their own lives.
Enzymes are Nature’s catalysts – reducing the time needed for the chemical reactions that drive life from millions of years to fractions of seconds, thereby driving life itself. Despite extensive effort, such tremendous proficiencies have never been matched in any manmade catalyst.
In late March 2017, United Nations (UN) peacekeepers found the bodies of three UN personnel who were tragically killed in Kasai Central Province, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). My Fulbright project has aimed to better understand the dynamics and causes of attacks against aid workers, including UN personnel, as well as the role of and costs for peacekeepers in protecting civilians affected by violence.
Sometimes it can be difficult to see the wood for the trees. In research, there is a particular challenge associated with this saying: we very much want to dissect all information and examine new knowledge in detail. At the same time, it’s important to see the big picture and the larger perspectives.