In January 2021, Uppsala University established a new multidisciplinary graduate school in sustainable development. The main mission of the graduate school is to conduct research based on key social challenges. The research will include subjects such as changed energy systems, sustainable consumption, destinations development.

Uppsala University Campus Gotland, where the graduate school is based, is an important hub in the university’s work towards a sustainable society. Here, the graduate school will be rooted in ongoing interdisciplinary collaborations in research and education, conducted in an international environment.

Focus on multidisciplinarity and sustainability

Eight departments from the university are collaborating on five unique research projects. Twelve doctoral students are working together with their supervisors, international partners, guest researchers and local actors, with a focus on knowledge development to cope with the changes needed to live well during climate change.

The research environment is characterised by:

Local relevance and international excellence

The location will be central to the graduate school. The research projects within the graduate school are all based on local key challenges. The graduate school will, at the same time, be rooted in the existing research environment and network to secure international excellence.

Multidisciplinarity and cutting edge

The transformation needed to live in a world with sustainability challenges requires that we within academia move beyond traditional boundaries. We need to be curious, bold and work together on the most urgent issues. Through the questions we raise, the activities we perform and the research we conduct, we aim within the graduate school to work with transdisciplinary approaches.

Sustainability now and in the future

At the same time as the graduate school aims for long-term transformation, we are attentive towards’ how we act here and now. This means that we critically analyse how our academic environment contributes to sustainability. We do not take traditional ways of acting for given. Our ambition is to continuously learn how we can act more sustainably within the graduate school, right now as well as in the future.

The Graduate School in numbers

  • 8 departments in collaboration
  • 5 unique research projects
  • 12 doctoral studies
  • 24 supervisors

Steering Committee

Susanne Stenbacka Professor, Department of Social and Economic Geography (chair)
Patrik Rönnbäck Professor, Department of Earth Sciences
Paula Henrikson Professor, Professor at Department of Literature
Sebastian Sobek Professor, Department of Ecology and Genetics

GRASS Fellow - an artistic visiting fellow programme

The Graduate School in Sustainability Studies (GRASS) and Baltic Art Center (BAC) have jointly launched Sweden's first artistic visiting fellow programme - GRASS Fellow.

More information about GRASS Fellow

Jenny Helin

Jenny Helin


Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor at Department of Business Studies