Tag: Sustainable development

SweDev presents awarded grants from the Swedish Research Council 

The Swedish Research Council recently announced the awarded grants within development research applied for in 2021. Out of 248 applications, 59 were approved grants, distributed across several research centres, Swedish universities, and various thematic areas.   

In this SweDev’s article series, we interview awarded researchers to learn more about their research contributing to the 2030 Agenda.

Raine Isaksson, Senior Lecturer (Docent) at Uppsala University will study affordable and low carbon building in Sub Saharan Africa.

Raine Isaksson, Uppsala University.

Q: Briefly describe your research project. Why do you think the Swedish Research Council picked your project to be funded?

A: The project “Low-cost construction with a low carbon footprint in sub-Saharan Africa” follows my 10 years working background in Africa and my expertise developed within cement manufacturing and in low-cost building material production. The project is related to several issues of sustainable development and concerns both climate and poverty aspects.

Q: Why are the research contributions you hope to make important?   
A: Hopefully, the research results will be put into practice within a reasonable period of time to lower the prices of building materials and reduce the environmental footprint.  

Q: SweDev aims to increase the interaction between development researchers and practitioners. How can practitioners working with sustainable development use the outcomes of your research?   

A: It’s hard to say. For those working in the field, the results may be an indication that research is needed in technology-poor areas that can help poor people. In general, the project also exemplifies Action Research and Innovation Action Research.


At the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), SweDev Steering Committee member and Researcher Linda Engström explores how cancelled land deals affect smallholder farmers’ land access and livelihoods in Eastern Africa.

Written by Alessandro Giacardi, Communication and Research Intern at Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) for the Development and Aid Policy Team and SweDev.

New Research School on sustainable development and poverty reduction

Women collecting fire wood for cooking.

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.