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Research with a global commitment
Research with a global commitment
Publicerad: 05 May 2021
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Research is conducted at the Swedish Red Cross University College in a wide range of subjects with particular expertise in global and humanitarian health issues – nationally and internationally.

Research areas

The Red Cross and Red Crescent movement’s vision is to prevent and alleviate human suffering wherever it can be found. Its purpose is to protect life and health and to ensure respect for the human being.

Our research meets the global challenges of the future in health, care, and welfare, focusing on knowledge aimed at promoting social inclusion and equality in health.

The Swedish Red Cross University College research leads to essential knowledge, development, and utilization in occupational and educational areas. We organize our research in interdisciplinary research environments with our subjects to create creatively and phenomenon-oriented work to solve research issues.

Research specializations

Our research specializations include various methods and subject competencies from nursing, medicine, public health science, social sciences and nursing technology.

Within our research, collaboration with idea-driven, humanitarian, public sector, business, and other research actors nationally and internationally takes place. All researchers at the College University conduct research in one of these research environments.

Our three specializations in research are:

  • Health-promoting interventions and resilience
  • Health in global transitions 
  • Health and technical development

Social responsibility and global commitment 

Research on issues concerning the consequences of crises, disasters and migration as well as initiatives aimed at promoting equality in health are examples of the university's social responsibility and global commitment. Research about refugees and asylum seekers' resilience and mental health is also in progress at the Swedish Red Cross University College. 

When digitalisation, robotics and other technological opportunities are changing the interplay between humans and technology, healthcare faces revolutionary challenges. Virtual nursing, professional groups' involvement in innovation processes and implementation of new technology in care and health-related contexts are additional research areas that are ongoing at the university. 

Our goal is to:

  • Establish a long-term research programme focusing on crucial issues for the university and the Red Cross movement. 
  • Strategically invest in leading researchers, through both merit positions such as professorships and academic leadership
  • Work to obtain research funding through government grants and external grants contributes to secure and appropriate research infrastructure.
  • Work for our doctoral students enrolled at other higher education institutions but employed at the university. 
  • Strategically invest in the university's participation in the research community, both nationally and internationally. 

Ongoing research 

The university's research environment aims to continually be a current and socially relevant actor in the social, care and welfare debate. The environments are continually paying attention to new needs for scientific contributions within our subjects and areas of expertise.