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Sustainable Societies

Here you find a number of different areas with associated researcher who in different ways are engaged in research about ecological, social and economical sustainability in the Arctic region.

Architecture, Communication & Construction

Annika Egan Sjölander

Annika Egan Sjölander is Associate professor at Department of Culture and Media Studies, at the unit for Media- and Communication studies.

She researches, amongst other things, discourse and communication surrounding ecological sustainability and climate changes.

Thomas Olofsson

Thomas Olofsson is Professor in Energy Efficiency, with focus on buildings and is Head at the Umeå Institute of Design, at Umeå University.

He has conducted academic research and education in Energy Efficiency for 25 years. He is frequently published in scientific journals, magazines, and books. The research topic focus on reduction of building energy end-use with improved indoor thermal comfort. It includes implementing and evaluating strategies for increased performance and evaluate efficiency as well as parameter identification. An important perspective is challenges in cold climate.

Bin Yang

Bing Yang is affiliated as professor at Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.

Bin researches thermic comfort in subarctic areas.

Education

Michael Lindblad

Michael Lindblad is associate professor at the Department of Applied Educational Science. 

I'm currently leading a project about young Sami people and their transition using life stories. Being Sami myself I´m stepping into the field of indigenous research with great interest.

Daniel Lindmark

My research concerns Sami culture and history, especially Sami interaction with the church and state in Sweden from the 17th century and onwards.

Mission and education are two areas of special interest. Historcial justice is a current theme, more precisely truth and reconciliation commissions with a focus on Sami and other people in the arctic region.

Björn Norlin

Bo Nilsson is a professor at the Department of Culture and Media Studies, and teaches at the Culture Analysis program.

The Arctic dimension of my research is reflected through an interest in rurality, rural morality, rural policy, rural volunteer work and rural resilience. In an ongoing project (financed by Swedish Research Council) I study how smaller societies in rural areas in Norrland can be understood in terms of rural resilience. Furthermore, I study what rural protests, like Doroteaupproret (the Dorotea uprising), local volunteer work and different local initiatives to preserve for instance school services, shops and other social services, mean for people in Norrland’s rural areas and in rural societies in general.

Anne Ouma

Anne Ouma holds a PhD in Social and economic geography from the University of Umeå Sweden and an MSc in environmental science and technology from IHE UNESCO Water Institute, Delft Holland.

Previously Ouma worked, inter alia at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and at the Swedish International Development Cooperation (SIDA) on issues related to biodiversity conservation and Sustainable human development. She has experience in providing expertise to development projects on economic, environmental, social determinants of sustainable human development for over a decade. Her current research focus and interests are connected to the role of traditional /indigenous knowledge systems within contemporary health and well- being. Ouma who has lived and worked in the Arctic with her family for more than a decade and is lead researcher for action research-based consultancies for Region Vasterbotten County Health Ministry on Health Governance partnerships with Kenyan counties .Currently, Ouma is affiliated to the Arctic Centre at Umea University and Centre for Sami Studies as a Researcher. Her latest Publication is a book chapter on Food Security in the High North Contemporary Challenges across the Circumpolar Region. (Published September 10, 2020 by Routledge) which is a result of project collaboration with various actors

Gerd Pettersson

My primary research interest is special education activity which is run through close-to-practice studies in rural schools

These rural schools which I have an interest in my research are found within the rural areas of northern Sweden, thereby the Arctic dimension. In these areas the demographic conditions are changing steadily, i.a. due to the ongoing urbanization. Less families in rural areas often contribute to how policy-makers make decisions on closing schools, resulting in that students need to take long, demanding bus trips to a different school, often far away from home. Against this background my interest in research- and development work within distance learning has grown, because distance learning could be an alternative to the shutdown of schools.

Oleg Popov

Oleg Popov is a senior lecturer at the Department of Science and Mathematics Education. He says the following about his Arctic perspective:

My general research interest is how context and culture affects learning and teaching in natural science, which specifically includes our Arctic environments.

Charlotta Svonni

The educational system and the knowledge content for Sami is central in my research.

I am doing my doctoral degree in history with an educational science aim, and my thesis encompasses the time period from the 1950’s up until today where the contents of steering documents and course plans for the Nomadic school and the Sami school (on the Swedish side of Sápmi) are in focus.

Sami education is done in Sami schools within Sápmi, and therefor also the Arctic, which means that my research is a an obvious part of Arctic research in general.

Gender

Monica Burman

Law, gender and society is the core in my research of men’s violence against women. The ambition with my research is to pinpoint how laws are connected with power structures in society [...]

for an example gender and racism, and how understanding and handling of the violence can change.

I lead a project about violence against Sámi women which reviews how the state and the Sámi society takes responsibility in the question. I also participate in a crossdisciplinary project about violence against women as a public health issue and research healthcare’s preparedness and management.

I am one of two chief editors for the open access journal Nordic Journal on Law and Society and hold a seat on the national board for Rädda Barnen.

Louise Eriksson

Louise is a researcher in environmental psychology focusing on people’s attitudes and behaviours with implications on the environment and natural resource management.

The interaction between physical as well as social characteristics of the context people live in is key to understand different groups’ attitudes and behaviours. In much of Louise’s empirical work, Nordic conditions interact with human dimensions and her research thus covers the individual level of arctic research. 

Madeleine Eriksson

Madeleine Eriksson is associate professor at the Department of Geography.

My research has evolved around two different but related themes; the representations of the rural and the urban with focus on the northern periphery and urban regeneration, and the disciplining of labour migrants to the Swedish forest berry industry. One important element in my research is the study of representations of 'the other' in relation to, discourses of globalisation, new forms of mobility and different social categories such as gender, race and class. I also stress the inseparability of economic processes from the political, social, historical, and geographic contexts which give them meaning and which may contribute to, or resist, geographies of uneven development.

Christine Godeau

My research interest are interdisciplinary.

Focused on land use change driven by green energy transition, reindeer herding and indigenous- and gender perspectives.

Christine Hudson

Christine Hudson is Professor at Department of Political Science.

She has amongst other things done research on place identity, gender, governance and urban planning.

Monika Norberg

Monika Norberg is lecturer at the Department of Nursing.

Her research is about breast cancer survivorship and the genered discourse surrounding the subject.

Ann-Christine Petersson Hjelm

Ann-Christine is associate professor at the Department of Law, and has studied [...]

power relations in Nordic elderly care, and the ways in which elderly negotiate power relations in the face of for an example New Public Governance.

Malin Rönnblom

Malin Rönnblom is Associate professor at Umeå Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS).

My research focuses on new forms of governing in a post-political era, critical policy analysis, especially gender equality and regional growth policies, as well as and rural and urban studies.

Linda Sandberg

Linda Sandberg is Associate professor at Umeå Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS).

She studies humans' relation to the public space in terms of power, gender and city planning.

Maria Wiklund

Maria Wiklund is associate professor at Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation at the unit for Physiotherapy.

She has done research, amongst other things, on health inequalites, health related to gender, mental health and body perception, with a special focus on youth.

Åsa Yttergren

Åsa Yttergren is Associate Professor at the Umeå Centre for Gender studies (UCGS).

She has studied justice politics, feminism and trafficking.

Ann Öhman

Ann Öhman is Professor at Umeå Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS).

She has, amongst other things, done research on elderly care in Northern Sweden.

Innovation & planning

Therese Bjärstig

Therese Bjärstig is associate Professor in Political science and researches natural resource- and environmental governance, foremostly connected to sparsely populated- and rural areas in the Arctic.

She focuses on different forms of cooperation and collaboration between different business interests and actors with the purpose of reaching sustainable solutions. The conditions for this emanate from tools like planning and participation. Her research takes place mostly in the forestry sector, with ongoing studies on key biotopes and multi-use. Other themes in her research is the social value of forests, winder power, municipal planning, rural development, innovation within the farming sector, equality within wildlife management and follow up studies/evaluations within several of these areas. Therese has in many of her projects worked both cross-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary with researchers from other scientific disciplines, and also in close collaborations with practitioners and stakeholders.

Dorothee Bohn

In my PhD thesis, I focus on multi-scalar tourism governance and regional development in the European Arctic. I am particularly interested in the [...]

 

I am a part of the research project “Climate Change and the Double Amplification of Arctic Tourism: Challenges and Potential Solutions for Tourism and Sustainable Development in an Arctic Context”.

This research initiative analyses how local and regional government, industry and community stakeholders in Arctic Sweden tackle challenges and opportunities related to tourism, globalization and climate change and what future development they aspire.

In my PhD thesis, I focus on multi-scalar tourism governance and regional development in the European Arctic. I am particularly interested in the spatial and social outcomes of EU funding policies in the region.  

Johanna Gardeström

Johanna Gardeström is Project coordinator at Research Support and Collaboration Office.

She was previously coordinator for the project Biosphere area Vindelriver-Juhtatdahka. Now she works with providing support and tools to facilitate collaboration between academia and other sectors in society (private, public and NGOs).

Jan Hjelte

My Arctic research focuses primarily on the social services' conditions for skills supply, innovation and development in small sparsely populated municipalities.

138 of Sweden's municipalities have a population of less than 15,000 inhabitants and 28 municipalities have less than 6,000 inhabitants, of which 8 municipalities are found in Vasterbotten. Many small municipalities are located in sparsely populated areas. This means, among other things, that the population within a municipality can live in a large geographical area and that there can be long distances between the urban areas in different municipalities. In addition, the organization of the social services often has a greater emphasis on generalist competence than is the case in larger municipalities, where the social services often have a clearer specialization. All in all, this means that the conditions look different for small sparsely populated municipalities when it comes to issues such as skills supply and innovation.

Timotheus Kampik

Timotheus Kampik is PhD Student at the Department of Computing Science, Interactive Intelligent Systems Group. 

Interests: multi-agent systems, persuasive technologies, socio-technical systems.

Anna Zachrisson

Anna studies natural resource- and environmental governance, particularly connected to sparesly populated and rural areas in the Arctic.

She focuses on conflic situations where different business interests and agents have different interests, and how these can be handled on different administrative levels with the help of different governance forms, to contribute to sustainable development. Governance is about, for an example planning, cooperative governance and participation. Thematically her research encompasses mining, wind power, tourism, environmental care and ecological restoration, and to some degree farming and hunting. Anna works firstly and foremost in cross- and transdisciplinary research projects where scientists of different disciplines cooperate close to the affected agents.

Styrning handlar om t ex planering, samförvaltning och deltagande. Tematiskt omfattar hennes forskning gruvbrytning, vindkraft, turism, naturvård och ekologisk restaurering samt i viss mån jordbruk och jakt. Anna arbetar framför allt i tvär- och transdisciplinära forskningsprojekt där forskare från olika discipliner samarbetar nära med olika aktörer

Regional development

Therese Bjärstig

Therese Bjärstig is associate Professor in Political science and researches natural resource- and environmental governance, foremostly connected to sparsely populated- and rural areas in the Arctic.

She focuses on different forms of cooperation and collaboration between different business interests and actors with the purpose of reaching sustainable solutions. The conditions for this emanate from tools like planning and participation. Her research takes place mostly in the forestry sector, with ongoing studies on key biotopes and multi-use. Other themes in her research is the social value of forests, winder power, municipal planning, rural development, innovation within the farming sector, equality within wildlife management and follow up studies/evaluations within several of these areas. Therese has in many of her projects worked both cross-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary with researchers from other scientific disciplines, and also in close collaborations with practitioners and stakeholders.

Doris Carson

Doris A. Carson is a researcher at the Department of Geography. She is interested in the socio-economic futures of small rural villages and communities in sparsely populated peripheries [...]

, including those commonly found in the inland north of Sweden, as well as the Outback north of Australia. Her research focuses primarily on three broad streams: 1) the processes that hinder or facilitate a transition from ‘extractive’ to ‘attractive’ industries (particularly tourism); 2) the role of mobile and temporary populations in stimulating new development and innovation; and 3) the interplay between urbanisation, mobility and socio-economic change in sparsely populated areas. The latter is primarily focusing on the impacts that growing cities in the north have had on development opportunities in their more sparsely populated hinterlands. Issues around urbanisation and urban-rural divides have become increasingly prominent in the Arctic. Ongoing comparative research in other resource peripheries, most notably in northern Australia, will help identify if there are particular ‘Arctic’ dimensions to such changing urban-rural development relationships.

Carina Keskitalo

E. Carina H. Keskitalo is Professor of Political Science at the Department of Geography, Umeå University, Sweden.

Her work has focused on the politics of the development of the Arctic as an international region, and on environmental policy and climate change adaptation in a comparative context. Keskitalo was the research coordinator for Sweden's first Arctic social sciences and humanities research programme, the Mistra Arctic Sustainable Development programme, and for the PLURAL programme on the changing forest owner role.

Anders Lidström

Anders Lidström is Professor in Political Science with a research focus on local, regional and urban politics and governance. 

Empirical studies concern both Swedish conditions and comparisons between countries. Recent studies include examinations of conditions for local self-government and local democracy and of comparsons of local systems of local government in different European states.

Helena Lindgren

My research focuses on personalised intelligent (semi-autonomous) systems for improving health and facilitating activity (work and pleasure) in spite of personal or environmental barriers.

I consider for example Arctic aspects such as sparsley populated regions, high proportion of older population, climate and long distances to services.

Bo Nilsson

Bo Nilsson is a professor at the Department of Culture and Media Studies, and teaches at the Culture Analysis program.

The Arctic dimension of my research is reflected through an interest in rurality, rural morality, rural policy, rural volunteer work and rural resilience. In an ongoing project (financed by Swedish Research Council) I study how smaller societies in rural areas in Norrland can be understood in terms of rural resilience. Furthermore, I study what rural protests, like Doroteaupproret (the Dorotea uprising), local volunteer work and different local initiatives to preserve for instance school services, shops and other social services, mean for people in Norrland’s rural areas and in rural societies in general.

Gerd Pettersson

My primary research interest is special education activity which is run through close-to-practice studies in rural schools

These rural schools which I have an interest in my research are found within the rural areas of northern Sweden, thereby the Arctic dimension. In these areas the demographic conditions are changing steadily, i.a. due to the ongoing urbanization. Less families in rural areas often contribute to how policy-makers make decisions on closing schools, resulting in that students need to take long, demanding bus trips to a different school, often far away from home. Against this background my interest in research- and development work within distance learning has grown, because distance learning could be an alternative to the shutdown of schools.

Robert O. Nilsson

Robert's doctoral dissertation focuses on the development of 'Arctic' tourism entrepreneurs in northern Sweden. In this context, words related to the Arctic are increasingly [...]

 

Robert O. Nilsson is a doctoral student at the Department of Geography at Umeå University, and is also a doctoral student representative on Arcum's board.

Robert participates in the research project 'Climate Change and the Double Amplification of Arctic Tourism: Challenges and Potential Solutions for Tourism and Sustainable Development in an Arctic Context'.

Robert's doctoral dissertation focuses on the development of 'Arctic' tourism entrepreneurs in northern Sweden. In this context, words related to the Arctic are increasingly used by tourism entrepreneurs to name and describe their companies, products and services. Robert's research questions are about how this 'Arctification' process and our language use change our perceptions and images about the Arctic's borders and its content, as well as how language use affect our societal structures. Especially in the Arctic context where global discourses on globalization and climate change collide with local practices, traditions and narratives.

Malin Rönnblom

Malin Rönnblom is Associate professor at Umeå Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS).

My research focuses on new forms of governing in a post-political era, critical policy analysis, especially gender equality and regional growth policies, as well as and rural and urban studies.

Anna Zachrisson

Anna studies natural resource- and environmental governance, particularly connected to sparesly populated and rural areas in the Arctic.

She focuses on conflic situations where different business interests and agents have different interests, and how these can be handled on different administrative levels with the help of different governance forms, to contribute to sustainable development. Governance is about, for an example planning, cooperative governance and participation. Thematically her research encompasses mining, wind power, tourism, environmental care and ecological restoration, and to some degree farming and hunting. Anna works firstly and foremost in cross- and transdisciplinary research projects where scientists of different disciplines cooperate close to the affected agents.

Styrning handlar om t ex planering, samförvaltning och deltagande. Tematiskt omfattar hennes forskning gruvbrytning, vindkraft, turism, naturvård och ekologisk restaurering samt i viss mån jordbruk och jakt. Anna arbetar framför allt i tvär- och transdisciplinära forskningsprojekt där forskare från olika discipliner samarbetar nära med olika aktörer

Rural societies transportation

Annika Nordlund

My research interest lies in the areas of environmental and social psychology, and is about how and what psychological factors affect different types of environmental behavior, and also [...]

how different actions to change behavior are perceived and the outout of such. I am an associate professor, Docent, and Head of department at the Department of Psychology, and Research Director of Transport Research Unit (TRUM) at Umeå University. At TRUM, transport and travel behavior are mainly studied with a focus on smaller units, such as individuals, households and small companies.


Research areas:
• The impact of values, attitudes, environmental awareness and norms on; the willingness to act in a environmentally friendly manner, both general and specific behavioral areas, the willingness to support the introduction of structural solutions, the attitude to natural resources of the future such as the forest and water, as well as alternative motives and barriers behind the choice to act environmentally.
• The travel mode choice as a routine decision. How habits of using different modes of transport can change through increased awareness in the decision-making situation and how the effect of increased awareness affects the relationships between attitudes, habits and behavior.
My TEDx Umeå talk is available here.

Urbanization & urban planning

Christine Hudson

Christine Hudson is Professor at Department of Political Science.

She has amongst other things done research on place identity, gender, governance and urban planning.

Malin Rönnblom

Malin Rönnblom is Associate professor at Umeå Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS).

My research focuses on new forms of governing in a post-political era, critical policy analysis, especially gender equality and regional growth policies, as well as and rural and urban studies.

Sense of environment

Håkan Appelblad

Håkan Appelblad is Associate professor at Department of Geography.

He has amongst other things done research on sports fishing, running at the Vindelriver area as well as the cultural promotion of place as a 'northern' space.

Maria Doeke Boekraad

Maria Doeke Boekraad is affiliated as research student at Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies.

She has studied ethics in relation to Sámi research, as well as ecological sustainability in traditional Sámi beliefs and rituals.

Louise Eriksson

Louise is a researcher in environmental psychology focusing on people’s attitudes and behaviours with implications on the environment and natural resource management.

The interaction between physical as well as social characteristics of the context people live in is key to understand different groups’ attitudes and behaviours. In much of Louise’s empirical work, Nordic conditions interact with human dimensions and her research thus covers the individual level of arctic research. 

Johanna Gardeström

Johanna Gardeström is Project coordinator at Research Support and Collaboration Office.

She was previously coordinator for the project Biosphere area Vindelriver-Juhtatdahka. Now she works with providing support and tools to facilitate collaboration between academia and other sectors in society (private, public and NGOs).

Stig-Olof Holm

Stig-Olof Holm is an associate professor at Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences.

I am teaching on courses that deals with ecology and the questions about how a sustainable society will be formed. Example of courses are: Sustainable forest management, Wildlife biology and management, Alpine ecology, Ecosystems,
Ecology and biodiversity, Agriculture and animal welfare.

Christine Hudson

Christine Hudson is Professor at Department of Political Science.

She has amongst other things done research on place identity, gender, governance and urban planning.

Annika Nordlund

My research interest lies in the areas of environmental and social psychology, and is about how and what psychological factors affect different types of environmental behavior, and also [...]

how different actions to change behavior are perceived and the outout of such. I am an associate professor, Docent, and Head of department at the Department of Psychology, and Research Director of Transport Research Unit (TRUM) at Umeå University. At TRUM, transport and travel behavior are mainly studied with a focus on smaller units, such as individuals, households and small companies.


Research areas:
• The impact of values, attitudes, environmental awareness and norms on; the willingness to act in a environmentally friendly manner, both general and specific behavioral areas, the willingness to support the introduction of structural solutions, the attitude to natural resources of the future such as the forest and water, as well as alternative motives and barriers behind the choice to act environmentally.
• The travel mode choice as a routine decision. How habits of using different modes of transport can change through increased awareness in the decision-making situation and how the effect of increased awareness affects the relationships between attitudes, habits and behavior.
My TEDx Umeå talk is available here.

Anne Ouma

Anne Ouma holds a PhD in Social and economic geography from the University of Umeå Sweden and an MSc in environmental science and technology from IHE UNESCO Water Institute, Delft Holland.

Previously Ouma worked, inter alia at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and at the Swedish International Development Cooperation (SIDA) on issues related to biodiversity conservation and Sustainable human development. She has experience in providing expertise to development projects on economic, environmental, social determinants of sustainable human development for over a decade. Her current research focus and interests are connected to the role of traditional /indigenous knowledge systems within contemporary health and well- being. Ouma who has lived and worked in the Arctic with her family for more than a decade and is lead researcher for action research-based consultancies for Region Vasterbotten County Health Ministry on Health Governance partnerships with Kenyan counties .Currently, Ouma is affiliated to the Arctic Centre at Umea University and Centre for Sami Studies as a Researcher. Her latest Publication is a book chapter on Food Security in the High North Contemporary Challenges across the Circumpolar Region. (Published September 10, 2020 by Routledge) which is a result of project collaboration with various actors

Robert O. Nilsson

Robert's doctoral dissertation focuses on the development of 'Arctic' tourism entrepreneurs in northern Sweden. In this context, words related to the Arctic are increasingly [...]

 

Robert O. Nilsson is a doctoral student at the Department of Geography at Umeå University, and is also a doctoral student representative on Arcum's board.

Robert participates in the research project 'Climate Change and the Double Amplification of Arctic Tourism: Challenges and Potential Solutions for Tourism and Sustainable Development in an Arctic Context'.

Robert's doctoral dissertation focuses on the development of 'Arctic' tourism entrepreneurs in northern Sweden. In this context, words related to the Arctic are increasingly used by tourism entrepreneurs to name and describe their companies, products and services. Robert's research questions are about how this 'Arctification' process and our language use change our perceptions and images about the Arctic's borders and its content, as well as how language use affect our societal structures. Especially in the Arctic context where global discourses on globalization and climate change collide with local practices, traditions and narratives.

Ecosystem services

Ann-Kristin Bergström

Special focus within my research lies within studying the importance of organic matter and nutrients for lake ecosystem productivity and food web structure.

My current research projects concern how global climate change are affecting lake water biogeochemistry, and what possible impacts these biogeochemical changes have on lake productivity and the ecosystem services of northern pristine lakes. We assess how nutrient availability and the N:P stoichiometry in lakes are affected by changes in atmospheric nitrogen deposition and by warming, and its effects on nutrient limitation of phytoplankton and zooplankton, nutrient regeneration and trophic transfer efficiencies, and productivity in northern boreal and subarctic lakes.

My research is linked to Arctic CIRC (Climate Impacts Research Centre).

Per-Anders Esseen

Per-Anders is Professor at Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences.

My research aims to understand how forest dynamics, forestry and climate change affect lichens in boreal forest canopies.

Judith Sarneel

For the past years, I have been working enthusiastically as a spatial ecologist with a specific interest in riparian ecology and plant-soil interactions.

Nordic riparian zones provide crucial services to the water bodies they border, it is important to understand the processes that maintain and structure them. Especially in Nordic systems, the disturbance by water and ice is fierce and has large impacts on vegetation development. Dispersal, recruitment and clonal expansion are important focal areas of my research, and I study them now in Nordic rivers and streams. Nordic streams share a history of structural modification to enable timber floating and I am especially interested in changes in establishment after restoration of these streams.

Robotics & Automation

Timotheus Kampik

Timotheus Kampik is PhD Student at the Department of Computing Science, Interactive Intelligent Systems Group. 

Interests: multi-agent systems, persuasive technologies, socio-technical systems.

Juan Carlos Nieves Sanchez

Juan Carlos Nieves Sanchez is research fellow at the Department of Computing Science.

He has done research, amongst other things, in e-health and the possibilities of augumented reality technology to improve medication use at home.

Jan-Åke Olofsson

Jan-Åke Olofsson is a lecturer at Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.

He is part of the Embedded System Group (ESL) which works with new wireless sensor networks for measurements in various environments, such as data collection of animal behavior (digital zoo).

Sven Rönnbäck

Sven Rönnbäck is associate professor at the Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.

Works in academy with robotic systems and robotic educations. Especially interested in getting students to learn through hands on experience through modeling, programming and building robots.

I have worked on forming statistics on snow-fall detects using laser range finders. This is of importance since snow flakes cause false detects in laser range data and need to be taken care of for robotic systems.

Environmental technology

Mats Tysklind

My research is focused on the environmental behaviour of legacy and new emerging persistent organic pollutants (POPs). 

Special interest in studies in soil and water systems and to explore the possibility to connect inherent physicochemical properties to transport, transformation and biological uptake processes. In addition, research on fundamental processes of relevance for development of new environmental technologies for contaminated soil and water. Examples of studied classes of contaminants are; dioxins, pharmaceuticals and biocides.

Emergency response

Michael Haney

Michael Haney is head of the unit for Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, Professor, senior consultant (attending) physician at Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences.

He has foremostly done research on crisis medicine and emergency response care.

Sofia Karlsson

Within my thesis project I study the Swedish crisis medicine preparedness for large accidents in underground mines.

In Sweden, the nine Swedish underground mines are localized to the northern and middle parts of the country. The mines’ subarctic geographical location means that there is a limited amount of available emergency response units, as well as relatively long travel times in cold climates.

All three organizations (mine, emergency response and ambulance) play a major part in the implementation of the rescue scenario. A scenario below ground means long, dark, cold and often moist environments, where emergency personnel need to navigate an environment which is tough to overview. The mining crews have knowledge of the inaccessible environment as well access to resources which are needed in these scenarios. Emergency personnel can perform carry through the rescue below ground in collaboration with the mining crews, with paramedics taking care of the injured. Collaboration is thereby a leading word of my thesis project.