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Natural sciences and engineering, with a strong emphasis on mining and energy, have always formed the core activity at Luleå University of Technology. The growing ambition of the University to expand research and teaching in social sciences, humanities and the arts, came to full fruition in 1997, when a new Faculty of Philosophy was established. The launch of an Economics Research Program took place in 1992, and so antedates the new Faculty. From its inception, the Program has been characterized by:

  • a clear international orientation;
  • ​a strong emphasis on applied, policy-oriented work; and
  • a decisive focus on natural resources and energy.

Several advantages follow from the narrow subject focus. First, it facilitates synergies between the individual projects of which the Program is composed. Second, the specialization is a precondition for the development of prominence in the field, in Sweden and internationally. And third, it provides valuable opportunities for the development of research links with the University’s Faculty of Technology.

The ambition is to make Luleå the Nordic Centre of Excellence for applied, internationally oriented research in resource and energy economics.

Linda Wårell Kristina Ek
Regional aspects of a transformation towards fossil free transportation

Which policy instruments are needed for Swedish households to switch to fossil-free transports and how does regional differences affect the policies effectiveness? This will researchers in Economics at Luleå University of Technology study in a three-year project funded by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency.

Photo: Kiruna kommun
Mining plans creates intractable conflicts

Plans to establish new mines divide local communities and the means for local actors to infuence the Swedish permitting process are limited. This is shown in new research on contested mine establishments in Rönnbäcken (Storuman), Kallak (Jokkmokk) and Rakkuri (Kiruna) – projects which all generated protest and significant media attention.

Jesper Stage
Jesper Stage Professor, Chaired Professor
Luleå University of Technology
Social Sciences
Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts
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