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Faculty of Social Sciences

Knowledge of social science is a necessary prerequisite for being able to cope with and solve some of today's most pressing global issues, such as the environment, health, poverty, growth and democracy. The research and education done at the faculty focuses in various ways on society and social issues.

Our researchers are of high international standing, having reached prominence in a number of fields such as welfare research, applied IT, gender issues, sustainable development and developmental psychology. Our educational programmes and courses have a solid scientific basis. We put a lot of effort into designing our study programmes so they provide a theoretical foundation and also help students to put that knowledge to practical use within the chosen vocational field.


Fem personer står runt en stor stubbe i skogen
Skogsungdomarna learn about the history of the northern forest

On April 27, 2024, Skogsungdomarna organised a forest history excursion in Kulbäcksliden for their members.

Vinnarna av Umeå hållbarhetspris för uppsatser i företagsekonomi Niklas Bäcklund och Björn Tomas Minde.
Sustainability prize to student thesis on AI and circular economy

The prize is awarded to Niklas Bäcklund and Björn Tomas Minde.

Innovation Camp Spring 2024
Innovation Camp: Students solving real-world challenges

Innovation Camp in collaboration with Olofsfors AB and Umeå Kommunföretag.

New professor in population studies at Umeå University

Anna Baranowska-Rataj is a new Professor in Population Studies specialising in register-based research.

"My time at Umeå University helped me achieve my career goals"

Alumnus Asim Mehmood from Pakistan hopes to make a long-lasting impact in his community and beyond.