Lars Elenius receives the scholarship based on his versatile work in the interface between art, journalism and science, which has been ongoing since the 1980s, with a focus on academic work in the past twenty-five years. Lars Elenius has combined a pedagogical and didactic work in the research.
For the printed academic production there are three areas as a red thread. One is education history and history didactics, an area in which Lars Elenius is a professor at Umeå University and at Luleå University of Technology. He has developed models for how education for minorities can be regarded as national metasystems and has made international comparisons in the area.
The second is the national minorities' history in terms of minority policy, ethnic policy and the use of history by different actors. Within this field pioneer research and education is made regarding national minorities, especially the Sámi, the Tornedalians and the Sweden Finns. It has given voice to marginalized groups.
The third is the history of northern Europe and the periphery. An overall work in this area is the project and the network "History Book and Encyclopedia of the Barents Region", which began in 2002 and ended in 2016.
In 2002, Lars Elenius initiated a collaboration between historians in northern Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia and developed an academic network involving the universities of the region. Within this network, 27 historians from the four countries wrote a history of sub-Arctic Europe, creating both transnational and transregional historical writing. Lars Elenius was the main editor and one of the co-authors. In parallel with this, an encyclopedia of the Barents Region was produced, consisting of two bands, with contributions from over 300 researchers throughout the region. The history book and the encyclopedia have challenged nationalist historical writing, specifically by integrating different minorities in the historical writing. The three books can be regarded as a collected work of knowledge about Northern Europe's history and its community development.
Lars Salviusföreningen consists of the Swedish Authors' Association, Svenska Förläggarföreningen and Sveriges Tidskrifter. It annually distributes scholarships to authors and publishers whose works are used at colleges and universities.