The overall objective of the development of society locally and globally

A development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

Sustainable development

Sustainable development research is a key issue for Uppsala’s two universities. Basic and applied research on e.g. education, landscape architecture, cultural geography, history, ethics, language and literature, economy, urban and rural development, medicine and science and technology related to sustainable development is currently being conducted throughout various disciplinary domains in Uppsala.

An important area within research on Sustainable Development is research on Education and Sustainable Development (ESD). The Department of Education conducts most of this research in curriculum studies. The research focus is to understand training, teaching and learning in relation to the educational content of sustainable development. Much of this didactic research is conducted in Studies of Meaning Making in Educational Discourses (SMED). At SWEDESD research and development activities are conducted in the same research area, and several of the Department's researchers and PhD students in Education is also active at SWEDESD


Senior Lecturer
David Kronlid

Uppsala Transdisciplinary Seminar in Sustainable Development (TRUST)

The Uppsala Transdisciplinary Seminar in Sustainable Development (TRUST) is a new initiative from scholars from the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Science and Technology at Uppsala University to coordinate a scholarly environment for researchers and PhD students who conducts monodisciplinary and various forms of crossdisciplinary sustainable development research.

The purpose of TRUST is to increase internationalization of sustainable development research, generate new interfaces, research projects and international publications in collaboration with existing actors in the field. In addition, the seminar aims to coordinate and organize national and international conferences and workshops. The seminar invites researchers and PhD-students from all faculties. Both English and Swedish are used.

TRUST convenes at Blåsenhus, Von Kraemers Allé 1, Uppsala and is chaired by Dr. Eva Friman (Uppsala Centre for Sustainable Development) and Associate professor David O. Kronlid (Department of Education)

Institute for research about education and sustainable development (IRESD)

IRESD is a virtual institute. Its main purpose is to mobilize and coordinate research and to distribute and disseminate research results within the field of education for sustainable development (ESD).

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