Increasing the use of research in Swedish development policy and practice

This study examines how Swedish practitioners and policymakers who work on development cooperation perceive and use research-based knowledge. The study seeks to understand the factors that facilitate or hinder the use of research-based knowledge to help achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It aims to find ways to strengthen the links between two distinct communities: researchers studying development issues, and policymakers and practitioners seeking to make sustainable development a reality. The ultimate aim is to generate and implement policies that are grounded in research. The findings and recommendations are based on the results of a survey and focus-group discussions with key practitioners and policymakers working in Sweden on issues related to international development cooperation.


  • Anna Ioannou
  • Janet Vähämäki
Watch the launch seminar of the study from 24 November 2021