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Faculty of Social Science

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.


Hundreds gather for a sustainable future in developing countries

Umeå University hosts DevRes2021, which brings together hundreds of stakeholders in development research.

Siemens Financial Services Best Student Thesis Award

The prize goes to Alessandra Frongillo and Bui Thi Mai Anh (Kelly), USBE.

USBE Scientific Award 2021

The award recipients for 2021 are Tetiana Gorbach and Oscar Stålnacke.

Guiding students through unknown terrains
Guiding students through unknown terrains

Catherine Lions is awarded for her educational skills and strong commitment to her students.

Understanding human nature through sports
Understanding human nature through sports

Paul Davis wants to learn more about how emotions, stress, and relationships affect our performance.