Kristina Jönsson to launch sustainable development research school

The Swedish Research Council has granted funds for a new Research School on Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction. Kristina Jönsson, Associate Professor in Political Science at Lund University (LU) and co-leader of work package 4 in the Transformative Partnerships 2030 project, will serve as coordinator for the new research school.

The school is a collaboration between LU, University of Ghana, University of Gothenburg, and Uppsala University. It will also collaborate with the Swedish Development Research Network (SweDev) and the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), as well as the existing Agenda 2030 Graduate School at LU. Jönsson serves as the Coordinator of the Agenda 2030 Graduate School whose offerings she will align with the Transformative Partnerships 2030 project.

"This is a fantastic opportunity to strengthen doctoral training related to sustainable development," Jönsson stated to the Department of Political Science at LU. "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."

The school has received a grant for the period 2022-2025, with the ambition of creating a long-term center for Swedish research training on sustainable development and poverty reduction beyond 2025. The school will offer elective doctoral courses, seminars with invited guests and practitioners, and knowledge- and skills-building activities for both doctoral students and supervisors. It will also offer a doctoral exchange program between the partner universities.

Karin Bäckstrand publishes on sustainability transformations in Earth System Governance