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About UTRI

Umeå Transformation Research Initiative (UTRI) is available to everyone at Umeå University and supports increased exchange, collaboration and co-operation between various research domains focusing on sustainability research. We also welcome new collaborations with other universities and external stakeholders in the sustainability field.

The original founders of UTRI

Clas Ahlm
Professor, senior consultant (attending) physician
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Therese Bjärstig
Associate professor
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Christoffer Boman
Associate professor
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Karl Johan Bonnedahl
Associate professor
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Runar Brännlund
Professor emeritus
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Katarina Eckerberg
Professor emerita
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Annika Egan Sjölander
Associate professor
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Kalle Grill
Associate professor
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Katrin Holmqvist-Sten
Associate professor, other position
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Rasmus Karlsson
Other position, associate professor
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Johan Lundberg
Associate professor
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Jon Moen
Professor
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Ulf Näslund
Professor, senior consultant (attending) physician
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Annika Nordlund
Associate professor
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Christer Nordlund
Professor, other position
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Elsa Reimerson
Associate professor
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Joacim Rocklöv
Professor
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Lars Samuelsson
Associate professor
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Anders Sjöstedt
Professor, senior consultant (attending) physician
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Anna Sténs
Other position
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Patrik Wennberg
Associate professor, consultant (attending) physician
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Anna Zachrisson
Associate professor
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Frauke Ecke, associate professor, SLU

Why a network at Umeå university is important

All of us who were part of founding UTRI have long yearned for a cross-disciplinary platform for collaboration. Umeå University has strong and dynamic research about sustainability, climate, environment and many related perspectives. 

But despite sustainability being a core part of Umeå University’s vision, no funding or forums to meet and develop ideas around sustainability were available before UTRI was founded. The goal of UTRI is to bring together various disciplinary perspectives, people and research groups that would not meet otherwise.

UTRI Young Researcher Network

Read more about the Young Researcher Network

Vision

  • To build a forum for all creative research environments at Umeå University in which we can create pioneering multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary research around sustainable transition
  • To create a strong research network supporting Umeå researchers in their development of new and high-quality multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary research around sustainable transition  
  • To create a place for people to meet across faculties for scientific debates, discourses, and new collaborations to allow for studies into conflicts of aims and create synergy effects in environmental targets 
  • To facilitate pioneering research about sustainable transition at Umeå University that also contributes to solving local and global challenges 

Problem formulation 

It has become increasingly important that research environments, research exchanges and collaboration involve many established groups, disciplines and faculties. This is why a forum supporting pioneering and strong interdisciplinary research is needed. 

Despite the many strong research environments at Umeå University, no forum has been available in which researchers can gather around funding calls, in which ideas are born in new constellations and events, and in which workshops give kindling to new ideas and results. 

Umeå University’s research on sustainability issues has not been unified or communicated clearly, neither between the various groups working with sustainability and transformation within the University, nor externally to funding bodies or other research environments.  

The UTRI research network is an important part of creating an extensive research environment for sustainable transition at Umeå University by offering the platforms for commitment, interaction, influence, visibility and facilitation of ideas. 

Mission

  • To build a research network supporting Umeå researchers in their development of pioneering and high-quality multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary research around sustainable transition 
  • To create places for people to meet across faculties for scientific debates, discourses and new collaborations, for example in relation to conflicts of aims and synergies in environmental targets
  • To support researchers who wish to tailor activities to support creative multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary research, across disciplines and within the entire Umeå University network

Completed events

Here you will find a list of events that UTRI has been involved in.

Steering group

Administration and support

Johanna Gardeström
Project coordinator
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