Research areas

At the University of Gävle, research is divided into three main areas – Built Environment, Health-Promoting Working Life, and Educational Sciences and Humanities. Short descriptions of our most recent research can be found below, with links to more detailed information within each area.

Built Environment

Our research profile Built Environment at the University of Gävle is one the few international multidisciplinary research environments which successfully focuses on the fields of energy systems, indoor environment, environmental psychology and environmental engineering in association with the subjects geospatial information science, industrial management and business studies. Our central mission is to use research and education to improve energy efficiency and increase material efficiency, which are two key components in the conversion to sustainable climate neutral energy systems, locally and regionally as well as globally.

Energy systems and environmental engineering

Our research on energy systems and environmental engineering focuses, for example, on the development of energy efficient ventilation systems, on the importance of district heating for resource efficient energy systems, on energy efficiency in small and medium-sized energy demanding industries, on energy economics in buildings from the so called “million program” (a Swedish large-scale building programme implemented 1965-1974) and buildings of cultural and historical value, the development of new technology for the cooling of metal, material recycling, climate usefulness and digestate.

  1. Read more about research at the Faculty of engineering and sustainable development
  2. Read about our Industrial post-graduate school Reesbe (Resource-efficient Energy Systems in the Built Environment)

Geospatial information science, environmental studies and renewable energy sources

Our research in geospatial information science has resulted in new methods for surveys and analyses in for example environmental studies, urban planning and profitability assessments of renewable energy sources. As such, these are results that directly promote the development of a sustainable living environment for humanity.

Decision, risk and policy analysis

Decision, risk and policy analysis is an interdisciplinary research area which comprises both applied research, in collaboration with small and medium-sized businesses, and basic research. In our basic research, we focus on developing theories, methods, and tools for a more rational decision making.

Environmental psychology—the human being and the environment

Our research in environmental psychology is anchored partly in cognitive psychology—with a particular focus on memory, learning and performance—and partly in social psychology—with a particular focus on humans’ environmental impact, attitudes on environmental issues and environmental problems and attitudes. Our research is mainly applied on environments in working life in general, in offices, and in schools.

Industrial engineering and management—logistics and innovative production

Our research is carried out at the Centre for logistics and innovative production (CLIP). Our research targets strategies for sustainable development in industrial companies, logistics and supply chains as well as production systems.

  1. Read more about our research in Industrial engineering and management

Business administration—sustainable business relations

Our research in business administration is profiled towards sustainable markets, strategic networks and risk management; all projects are carried out under the overarching research theme Sustainable business relations (HAR). This makes our research distinctive both nationally and internationally.

Mathematics and statistics

We carry out research within applied mathematics, for example within spectral theory, minimax optimisation with uncertain data as well as inverse problems and wave propagation in non-homogenous and non-linear media. Within the subject algebra and representation theory, we carry out research on methods to study modules of infinite length over a ring of differential operators with their Hilbert series. Our research within mathematical statistics explores, for example, causal inference.


Within electrotechnology, our research is mainly focused on radio measurement technology and robotics. Within radio measurement technology, we carry out research on dynamic radio systems and components. We also carry out research on industrial radio environments, cognitive radio and robotics.


We carry out research within ecology, hortonomy and microbiology. Within these fields, we focus on the environment and sustainable development, for instance regarding sustainable fishing, the impact of global warming on different species, IT-solutions for cultivators and alternative fuels.

Health-Promoting Working Life

Our research within the profile area Health-Promoting Working Life at the University of Gävle comprises the fields public health, health sciences, social work and psychology. The University of Gävle has third-cycle programmes within the subjects occupational health sciences and social work.

Occupational health sciences

Our research in occupational health sciences is mainly carried out at our Centre for Musculoskeletal Research at the Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, a centre which has a long tradition of international renown. Our research is organised into five programmes: The Forte-centre, Physical and mental variation, Visual ergonomics, Cost-efficient measurement of physical load, Work environment and leadership and, finally, Diagnosis and rehabilitation of muscoloskeletal disorders. These thematic programmes engage researchers from a number of disciplines, for instance, medicine, ergonomics, physiotherapy, epidemiology, psychology and statistics.

Public health

Our research in public health focuses on the impact of conditions on the labour market and workplaces on people’s psychological and physical health. We explore, for example, the impact of working and living conditions on people in the Gävleborg region.

Medical and health sciences

Within the area of health sciences, we carry out research focused on the caring and nursing of the elderly, on living with chronic ill-health, as well as on health-promoting working life within care and nursing.

Social work and psychology

Our research in social work and psychology is focused on children’s and adolescents’ psychosocial situation, psychosocial health and well-being—also in relation to addiction and health, and on organisation, leadership and working life. Our research projects explore, for instance, how we can restore psychosocial health when treating people with addiction problems, children and adolescents’ life environments including school environments and entry into working life, ageing research, coping strategies and life crises, and, finally, on marginalised groups and psychosocial health.

Educational sciences and the humanities

Within the field of educational sciences at the University of Gävle, research is carried out within established disciplines like curriculum studies, education, and discipline-based education research. Our research has its base in curriculum studies and education, in association with art education and educational drama. An important focus for us is regional collaboration to build sustainable networks aiming to benefit our teacher education, but also to be involved in the development of our community. Our research also contributes to multidisciplinary work at our University, as we collaborate with researchers in the fields of environmental psychology, computer science, natural sciences and technology.

Curriculum studies

In curriculum studies, we carry out research on the importance of educational environments, professions and professionalism, preschools, preschool classes and school-age educare, IT in learning and student-active teaching.


In education, our research concerns assessment, educational policies, health education, applied educational science, adult learning and mobbing.

Discipline-based education research

In discipline-based education research, we carry out research in biology and mathematics, in relation to gender perspectives in schools and higher education, as well as in connection to visual culture and children's life issues.

Religious studies

The overarching theme in our research is the role of religion in society. Within this frame, we carry out research concerning the life issues of children and young people, on the teaching of belief and science in upper secondary school, on martyrdom and fundamentalism. Moreover, we carry out research in comparative religious studies as well as within different branches of the discipline.

Swedish, comparative literature and gender studies

Our research within Swedish and Nordic languages is focused on, for instance, second language research with a focus on discipline-based education research, Swedish as a second language, written language use and norms of language, the history of language and medieval handwritten documents. Our researchers within comparative literature explore fiction in general, as well as science fiction and fantasy, from gender theoretical perspectives and from the perspective of philosophy of science.

Published by: Malin Almstedt Jansson Page responsible: Bahram Moshfegh Updated: 2018-01-17
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