A new Research School on sustainable development and poverty reduction has been granted funds from the Swedish Research Council. The school is a collaboration between strong development research environments at Lund University, the University of Ghana, University of Gothenburg, and Uppsala University, and builds on SweDev’s network.
The three Swedish partners are members of SweDev. SweDev supports the school as collaborators, and the emerging Swedish Development Research Doctoral Network (SweDocNet), currently being established as part of SweDev, will be particularly important.
”This is a fantastic opportunity to strengthen doctoral training related to sustainable development. I expect the Research School to generate innovative and creative thinking, not only in terms of training but also in regard to collaboration and knowledge production.”Kristina Jönsson, coordinator and Associate Professor at Lund University
The Research School on sustainable development and poverty reduction has two overarching objectives: to offer novel, boundary-crossing, high-quality doctoral training; and to strengthen research collaboration and networks between the four universities as well as between individual doctoral students within and beyond these universities. In so doing, the school seeks to foster a new generation of doctoral students that are better equipped to meet current and future challenges related to achieving sustainable development.
Applications will be open to doctoral students from the four partners but also from other universities and from any discipline. The work program is structured in five activities: (a) jointly developed interdisciplinary doctoral courses, (b) a monthly research seminar, (c) policy dialogues with invited guests intended to bridge the gap between research and policy, (e) a mobility program, and (e) other capacity-building and skills training activities.
The Research School will run during four years (2022-2025), coordination and administration will be managed by Lund University. A programme committee and an international advisory board will oversee its work.
The intention is to continue beyond the project ending, with the ambition to create a Swedish national research school on sustainable development and poverty reduction.