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Faculty of Social Sciences

Research strategy

research strategy


Research quality and impact

The Faculty of Social Sciences bases its core activities on research of the highest quality which has an impact on relevant scientific and societal contexts. This is conditional on creative and efficient research organization, participation in strong international research networks, internal and external collaboration opportunities, attractive work conditions, risk tolerance in management and financing as well as research training characterized by quality, efficiency and a high international standard. At the same time, the continuous development of research quality presupposes systematic and on-going assessment of the research and the framework in which it is conducted.

Overall objectives:

  • Increasing the number of research units of a high international standard within selected areas
  • Acquiring particularly prestigious research funding
  • Increasing the number of contributions to the most recognized publishing channels
  • Strengthening and expanding international research networks
  • Improving the conditions and development of good research management and organization
  • Increasing the focus on and profiling of the Faculty’s research and its impact on society
  • Keeping a constant focus on freedom of research and research ethics.


In the strategy period, the following initiatives will be implemented:

  • A focus on the internal organization of research, with a special focus on the tasks of research groups, management and coordination, PhD activities, inclusion of students in research activities etc.
  • Improved conditions for affiliating internationally recognized researchers to research groups
  • Continued support for research talents, including further development of the talent management program
  • Research evaluation at all departments
  • Systematic dissemination of the Faculty’s research, with a special focus on its impact on society
  • Efforts aimed at the implementation of a code of continued high research integrity under the auspices of the Academic Council.


Breaking new ground:

High-quality research breaks new ground, and creating the conditions for this is crucial for these breakthroughs to be supported in the process towards establishment and consolidation as strong research environments with international clout. Identification of innovative research which challenges established theories, methods and paradigms thus requires competent and risk-minded management; this is often facilitated by interdisciplinary collaboration and collaboration with external actors.


Overall objectives:

  • Improving collaboration structures across departments and faculties with a view to developing interdisciplinary positions of strength
  • Developing and supporting interdisciplinary areas and ideas with a potential for success
  • Focusing on strategic collaboration with external partners.


In the strategy period, the following initiatives will be implemented:

  • Development of mechanisms to support knowledge sharing and collaboration across departments; focus will be on research plans and academic ventures
  • Acquisition of seed funding at department and faculty levels for the support of innovative environments and research programs
  • Establishment of a number of interdisciplinary research initiatives with potential to acquire major external funding
  • Establishment of an infrastructure focused on data sharing.



An increase in the acquisition of external funding is essential to secure attractive research conditions. Researchers at The Faculty of Social Sciences are successful in acquiring external funding, including funding exposed to competition, as well as funding from collaboration projects with business enterprises, public authorities etc. Both funding types reflect the Faculty’s focus on the scientific and societal impact of research as well as the importance of knowledge collaboration with external actors. In order to ensure the appropriate utilization of resources as well as the greatest possible success in their work, departments and research environments should, to the largest extent possible, base their acquisition of external research funding and their concrete collaboration agreements on strategic priorities.


Overall objectives:

  • Maintaining the acquisition of external funding at a high level and ensuring a balance in overall research funding, including research funding exposed to competition, funding from private foundations and funding from collaboration projects.
  • Extending and streamlining administrative support for application procedures and for the implementation and reporting of externally financed projects.


In the strategy period, the following initiatives will be implemented:

  • Internal quality assurance procedures relating to research applications.
  • Systematic collection, processing and dissemination of feedback from research applications
  • Knowledge sharing as regards the acquisition of external funding, including a mentor practice for young researchers.
  • Identification and support of strong areas of research with potential to acquire major external funding.