At Umeå University, there is research and knowledge in several different areas that may be relevant in reporting and monitoring the war in Ukraine. On this page, you will find a list of individual researchers, a brief description and contact details.
Social media and misinformation in crises
Moa Eriksson Krutrök
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Moa Eriksson Krutrök is a postdoctral researcher in sociology. Her research focuses on societal crises and the expressions of trauma, grief, and resilience on social media. She is interested in both the textual and visual elements of these discourses, and the affordances of different social media platforms, such as Twitter and TikTok.
Peacebuilding and reconstruction of cultural heritage after war
Dzenan Sahovic is an associate professor in political science He is responsible for and teaches in the master's programme in crisis management and peacebuilding at Umeå University. In addition, he researches peacebuilding and the reconstruction of cultural heritage after war. He has also researched the Balkan war and its effects, and comes from Bosnia and has his own experiences of war and refugee status.
Fanny Holm is an associate professor at the Department of Law. She researchers in international criminal law with a special focus on crime victims. She can answer questions about international criminal liability surrounding the armed conflict in Ukraine.
Per-Erik Johansson is the director of the European CBRNE Center at Umeå University. He can answer general questions about risks and consequences associated with assassinations and warfare with harmful chemicals, serious infectious agents and radioactive, nuclear and explosive substances. CBRNE is the international abbreviation for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive substances.
Fredrik Elgh is a professor of virology at Umeå University and chief physician in clinical virology at the University Hospital of Umeå. Among other things, he is an expert in research and diagnostics regarding dangerous viruses that can pose serious threats and can be used as weapons in war and terrorism. Has worked with both US and Russian infection control authorities and has been responsible for building up virological expertise at the Swedish Institute for Infection Control (now the Public Health Agency of Sweden) and the Swedish Defence Research Agency.
Swedish foreign policy from a historical perspective
Jacob Stridsman is an associate professor in history at the Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies. He has researched on Swedish foreign policy during the Cold War and is knowledgeable with the history of the Soviet Union and Russia.
Jesper Enbom is an associate professor at the Department of Cultural and Media Studies and researches various media and their role in society. He participates every week in the podcast Mediespanarna which he does together with his colleague Erik Lindenius. In their podcast, the war in Ukraine has been the subject of discussion in recent episodes.