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Academic Ceremony 2016 – Inauguration Lectures at the University of Gävle

The new honorary doctors at the University of Gävle are Barbro Holmberg former Govorner of Gävleborg County, Professor Roland Kadefors and Professor Stephen Stansfeld. All of them have made great contributions towards research and development at the University of Gävle and will be appointed at the academic ceremony on the 21st of April 2016.


Barbro Holmberg, former Govorner of Gävleborg County, director-general for the Swedish Migration Agency and Minister for Migration will be granted an honorary doctorate within the area of Health-promoting Working Life at the University of Gävle. She is commemorated for her insight on the importance of a good education and her contributions and support for the education and research provided by the University and for the benefit of the development of society.

She has had an intense commitment to the collaborative mandate of the University to strengthen the transfer of knowledge to businesses in the county. Amongst other things she took the initiative towards creating a meeting place for businesses in the county and researchers from the University of Gävle "Researchers at the residence", that took place between 2014 and 2015 and was very much appreciated by both businesses and researchers.



Professor Roland Kadefors, at the Department for Sociology and Work Science, Gothenburg University, will be granted an honorary doctorate within the field Health-promoting Working Life at the University of Gävle.

He is commemorated for taking a central role so that research within Health-promoting Working Life has reached the notable position it holds today, both nationally and internationally; both directly through his work for the University of Gävle and otherwise through his comprehensive contribution to the development of research within occupational health sciences.

He is a central figure in the development of research in the occupational health sciences both in Sweden and internationally. He has been a representative for the research community on the board at the Centre for Musculoskeletal Research (CBF) and an important discussion partner in the successful application for the Fortecentrum grant which CBF applied for in 2009 "The body at work – from problem to potential".



Professor Stephen Stansfeld, at Queen Mary & Westfield College in London, will be granted an honorary doctorate within the field of Built Environment at the University of Gävle.

He is commemorated for his significant contribution to research at the University of Gävle in the field of environmental psychology which has such high quality and is internationally renowned and respected.

He is an internationally known researcher of noise pollution and plays a leading role in the European and international noise-pollution network. He has been vitally important for the development of research on the psychological effects of noise pollution at the University of Gävle, and actively contributed to the fact that the University has a place on the list of the world’s most important institutions regarding research on noise pollution.


Academic Ceremony 2016 – Inauguration Lectures at the University of Gävle

The program includes short lectures from some of our new professors as well as the three new honorary doctors, Barbro Holmberg, Roland Kadefors and Stephen Stansfeld.

One of our former honorary doctors, Nawal El Saadawi, will also give a speech since she is visiting Sweden at the moment.

Date: Wednesday the 20th of April
Time: 10:00 am – 2:30pm. Break between 11:30 am and 1:00 pm
Place: Krusenstjerna Hall in the University library


10:00 Vice Chancellor Maj-Britt Johansson holds a welcome speech

10:10 The adjustment of visual acuity in the eye during near work and occupational health. Professor Hans Richter, Professor of Psychology

10:30 Problems of adolescence and adolecents problems. A question of perspective in child welfare. Professor Yvonne Sjöblom, Professor of Social Work

10:50 After more than 800 years of oblivion economics must be taken seriously. Professor Arne Fagerström, Professor of Business Economics

11:10 The sign of the times, comprehension patterns and courses of action. The responsibility of philosophy for the processes of history. Professor Jari Ristiniemi, Professor of Religious Science

11:30-1:00 pm. Break

1:00 pm Education and research – Our future. Barbro Holmberg, Honorary doctor within profile area Health-promoting Working Life

1:20 pm The vision of a sustainable working life. Roland Kadefors, Honorary doctor within profile area Health-promoting Working Life.

1:40 pm From health inequalities to social interventions: surprises and lessons. Stephen Stansfeld, Honorary doctor within the profile area Built Environment

2:00 pm Doctor Becomes Doctor Again. Nawal El Saadawi, Honorary doctor within the profile area Health-promoting Working Life. (2014)

No notification is required; the lectures are free and open to the public.



The press will have the opportunity to interview the lecturers between the different lectures.

The lectures will be filmed and published om thr web.


Professors this year

The inauguration of seven new professors takes place at the University of Gävle. You can read more about each professor and their field of research here.

Anna Edin:
Professor of Media and Communication Science

Anna Edin does research on public service television broadcasting, the history of media, reality TV, news journalism and celebrity politics. One project focuses on how leading female and male politicians from different countries present themselves and integrate with citizens/voters on-line.

Another media history research project, "Mass media problems" builds on collaboration between the University of Gävle, Mid Sweden University and Umeå University.


Arne Fagerström:
Professor of Business Economics with specialisation in accounting

Arne Fagerström does research on sustainable accounting. How could book keeping and auditing be developed to create good economics, eg economising of resources? Without a systematic account of the effects that organisations and products have on people, environment and technology, assessments of sustainability cannot be made. From 2017 all businesses with more than 500 employees within the EU must draw up and publish a sustainability report.


Hans Richter :
Professor of Psychology with a specialisation in repetitive strain injuries

Hans Richter does research on visual near work and why work using monitors often leads to pain in the eyes and neck/shoulder. The result can give a new perspective on how difficulties can be prevented and treated and in the long term lead to a improved capacity for work for those concerned. A current research concern is what the consequences of visually demanding near work have for the health of older people.


Jari Ristiniemi:
Professor of Religious Science

Jari Ristiniemi does research on "Children’s rationality in the post modern society" on how children perceive rationality in the commercialised, technology-dominated and multicultural society. In another project “Justice from the bottom up – courses of action for a sustainable society”, he analyses how existing social and cultural conditions can be developed towards psychological, social, cultural and existential sustainability. Where justice is that things: people, animals and plants may develop from their own basic requirements, from the bottom up, in joint interaction with each other.


Yvonne Sjöblom:
Professor of Social Work

Yvonne Sjöblom does research on children, adolescents and families; she has amongst other things done several studies on the transition from care to adulthood from both the perspective of the young people and the professional caregivers.


Patrik Sörqvist:
Professor of Environmental Psychology

Patrik Sörqvist does research on the cognitive and social aspects of environmental psychology. Current research projects deal with the relationship between our memories and attention and learning. He is the new chief editor for the section "environmental psychology" in the open access journal "Frontiers in Psychology", an internationally acclaimed journal within the field of psychology.


Louise Trygg:
Visiting Professor of Energy Systems

Louise Trygg does research on regional and municipal energy systems. She worked at E.O.N. Norrköping between 1992 and 2001 and was responsible, amongst other things, for the introduction of remote cooling in the municipality of Norrköping.


For further information, please contact:

Maj-Britt Johansson, Vice Chancellor at the University of Gävle, tel. 026-64 85 10 or 070-656 41 26


Text: Douglas Öhrbom 

Published by: Douglas Öhrbom Page responsible: Anders Munck Updated: 2016-04-19
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