Research Subjects

All the university's research subjects in alphabetical order. Here you will also find a presentation of research and researchers listed by research subject.


Hillström, Lars, senior lecturer
Jägerbrand, Annika, senior lecturer
Kellner, Eva, senior lecturer
Ryrholm, Nils, professor
Wright, Sandra, senior lecturer

Caring Science

Arakelian, Erebouni, lektor
Björck, Caroline, adjungerad lektor
Björkman, Annica, lektor, docent
Björklund, Ove, lektor
Bylund Grenklo, Tove, lektor
Efverman, Anna, lektor, docent
Engström, Maria, professor
Eriksson, Elisabet, lektor
Fjell, Maria, postdoktor
Göras, Camilla, lektor
Hedborg, Kerstin, lektor
Hofsten, Anna, lektor
Häggström, Elisabeth, lektor, docent
Jordal, Malin, lektor
Knudsen, Kati, lektor
Kristofferzon, Marja-Leena, lektor, docent
Lindberg, Magnus, lektor, docent
Lindberg, Maria, lektor
Mårtensson Gunilla, professor
Nilsson, Annika, professor
Olerud, Johan, lektor
Olsson, Annakarin, lektor
Pålsson, Ylva, lektor
Randmaa, Maria, lektor
Salzmann-Erikson, Martin, lektor, docent
Silén, Marit, lektor
Sjöholm, Åke, adjungerad professor
Sjölund, Britt-Marie, lektor
Skytt, Bernice, lektor, docent
Stake-Nilsson, Kerstin, lektor
Westerberg Jacobson, Josefin, lektor
Willmer, Mikaela, lektor, docent
Östlund, Ann-Sofi, lektor

Affilierade forskare

Arvidsson, Patrik
Carlsson, Marianne, professor
Enmarker, Ingela, professor
Fesse, Per
Hedman, Maria, lektor
Kaltenbrunner, Monica
Larsson Fällman, Sara
Löfmark, Anna, docent
Magnusson, Peter
Myrberg, Karin
Thunborg, Charlotta
Tödt, Kristina


Atak, Kivanc External link., universitetslektor
Hermansson, Klara, universitetslektor
Jerre, Kristina, universitetslektor
Rostami, Amir, professor
Sarnecki, Jerzy, senior professor
Westfelt, Lars, universitetslektor
Wikman, Sofia, professor


Educational Sciences

Research in educational sciences at the University is primarily concerned with education and its context from a variety of pedagogical and subject specific educational perspectives. The primary focus is on the formal education system as a whole, from preschool, school, and after-school care to higher education at universities and university colleges. Educational Sciences is strongly linked to the strategic research area Innovative Learning External link..

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Art Education is an interdisciplinary subject and field of knowledge in which aesthetic, pedagogical, and theoretical aspects of image communication, image analysis and practical image-making processes are of central importance. The subject explores and problematises the role and place of images in society within education and within a broader societal context. Research in art education takes an interest in visual culture in a broad sense as well as in more subject-specific issues in relation to learning, teaching, and knowledge development in the context of both voluntary and compulsory schooling.

O Magnusson, Lena, senior lecturer

Curriculum studies is the study of teaching. Research in curriculum studies at the University focuses broadly on (relationships between) content, teachers, and learners, and on questions such as why teaching is structured as it is, on what objectives and content are selected, on how teaching can be carried out, who the teaching is intended for, and when and where teaching can be carried out. Drawing on research on teaching and/or learning environments, aspects that condition teaching and learning processes are also studied. These may include, for example, historical contexts, social ideas, educational organisations, the physical environment, how teaching can be understood and experienced by different actors, as well as the norms, values, and patterns of action that may determine different choices and approaches.

Research in education conducted at University of Gävle addresses three levels: individual and group level, activity level, and societal level, all with a particular focus on learning processes. This is manifested in research which has explicit interests in processes, forms, and content of teaching, as well as in learning and in fostering. Projects pay particular attention to social sustainability and social justice, inclusive processes, study and career guidance, special needs education in learning, health education, assessment research, leadership research, learning in working life, studies on identity development, comparative studies, the different conditions of subject studies and educational action plans, and to curriculum theory research. The interest in learning processes thus moves across the different levels, both within and outside the education system, both nationally and internationally, and hence provides exemplifications of how humans are shaped and changed by different social, cultural, and historical contexts.

Bergstrand, Ulrika, senior lecturer
Björklund, Erika, senior lecturer
Bourbour, Maryam, senior lecturer
Eriksson, Erika, senior lecturer
Francia, Guadalupe, professor
Gill, Peter External link., professor emeritus
Kalinnikova, Liya, docent
Liljestrand, Johan, docent
Mikhaylova, Tatiana, senior lecturer
Pettersson, Daniel, professor


Cananau, Iulian, senior lecturer
Kaatari, Henrik, senior lecturer
Modiano, Marko, professor
Thomas, Kavita, senior lecturer

Geospatial Information Science

Geospatial Information Science is an interdisciplinary research group in which researchers from the academic disciplines applied geodesy, geography, and computer science tackle challenges in society and industry with digital spatial and geographical methods.

Bagherbandi, Mohammad, professor
Boustedt, Jonas, senior lecturer
Brandt, Anders, docent
Holmgren, Hanna, senior lecturer
Humble, Niklas, senior lecturer
Iqbal, Asifa, senior lecturer
Jiang, Bin, professor
Lim, Nancy Joy, senior lecturer
Ma, Ding, senior lecturer
Milutinovic, Goran, senior lecturer
Nilfouroushan, Faramarz, docent
Paasch, Jesper, senior lecturer
Sahlin, Eva, senior lecturer
Seipel, Stefan, professor
Ågren, Jonas, docent
Åhlén, Julia, senior lecturer


Ek, Mikael, senior lecturer
Grylin, Hanna, senior lecturer
Kristoffersson, Eleonor, gästprofessor
Leidhammar, Börje, adjungerad professor
Söderlund, Jenny, senior lecturer


Research in mathematics is actively conducted within the department’s three sub-areas: mathematics, statistics and didactics of mathematics. In mathematics, research is carried out in mathematical physics, especially focused on mathematical methods for electromagnetic field theory, but also in discrete mathematics, topology, algebraic and tropical geometry. Within statistics, research is mainly conducted towards statistical methods for evaluating treatment processes. Within didactics of mathematics, research is conducted on the development and dissemination of teachers' professional knowledge, on linguistic perspectives on school mathematics, and on visualization and the use of different forms of representation.

Asami Johansson, Yukiko, senior lecturer
Attorps, Iiris, professor
Björklund, Johan, senior lecturer
Cortas Nordlander, Maria, senior lecturer
Cronhjort, Mikael, senior lecturer
Johansson, Anders, senior lecturer
Källström, Rolf, professor
Lang, Lionel, senior lecturer
Palm Kaplan, Kristina, senior lecturer
Shestopalov, Yury, professor
Wang, Xiaoqin, senior lecturer

Mechanical engineering

Kourosh, Tatar, senior lecturer

Media and Communication Studies

Edin, Anna, professor
Israelson, Per, senior lecturer
Lövgren, Karin, senior lecturer
Vesterlund, Per, senior lecturer



Our research focuses on different psychological perspectives and theories. Our three overarching research themes are relatively broad, and include psychological perspectives on the work environment, inclusion, and social and ecological sustainability.

Boman, Eva, senior lecturer
Eriksson, Lars, senior lecturer
Eriksson, Mårten, professor
Halin, Niklas, senior lecturer
Langeborg, Linda, senior lecturer
Lättman, Katrin, senior lecturer, docent
Nordhall, Ola, senior lecturer
Willander, Johan, senior lecturer

Public Health Science

Hiswåls, Anne-Sofie, senior lecturer
Macassa, Gloria, professor
Mattila, Anneli, senior lecturer
Rashid, Mamunur, senior lecturer

Religious Studies

Sport Science

Blomqvist, Sven, senior lecturer
Jerlinder, Kajsa, senior lecturer
Svennberg, Lena, senior lecturer
Qvarfordt, Anna, senior lecturer


Annell, Cecilia, senior lecturer
Björk, Ingrid, senior lecturer
Blückert, Ann, senior lecturer
Christensson, Johan, senior lecturer
Farstad, Britt, senior lecturer
Widbäck, Anders, senior lecturer
Wistrand, Helena, senior lecturer

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