The new research initiative is part of Lund University’s strategic work in the field of sustainability.
In March 2021, Lund University has announced a SEK100 million (US$11.7 million) research programme on Agenda 2030-related research projects, with part of the programme directed at international postdoc candidates, and the other at recruitment of PhD candidates.
The call for the first round of applications for PhD research projects was made on 16 March 2021. The programme consists of two parts:
• An investment of up to 12 postdoc positions in interdisciplinary projects associated with Agenda 2030. Each project is to involve at least three faculties and to have a clear link to external engagement.
• Eight new doctoral studentships in the Agenda 2030 Graduate School at Lund University, which began in 2019 and currently has 17 doctoral students from all of the university’s nine faculties.
The programme’s aim is to attract international research expertise and to bring about the establishment of more internationally leading research environments in sustainability.
The Sustainability Forum, the coordinating hub for sustainability in research and education at Lund University, has been awarded increased funding and an extended remit, while the university has approved a new sustainability strategy and sustainability plan.
The new investment is also in line with the government’s strategic research and innovation initiatives in sustainability and the EU budget, of which a large part will be dedicated in future to meeting societal challenges associated with Agenda 2030.