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They receive funding to develop strong research areas

Three areas have been granted faculty funding to consolidate, develop and give visibility to strong, interdisciplinary research areas at the Faculty of Social Sciences through various activities.

The faculty management has assessed that three of the areas that applied for funding in the faculty's call have the potential to achieve the criteria for a strong interdisciplinary research environment after completed activities. The decision on actually appointing areas as the faculty's strong research areas will be made later.

The ambition is to eventually define 5–7 strong areas, so research environments that did not participate in the call for seed funding will also be eligible. The faculty's Research Board continues to work on the process for how strong research areas are to be appointed and evaluated.

Six applications were received, of which one did not apply for funding and one did not meet the formal requirements. The applications were assessed by the faculty's deputy dean and vice deans, and at the end of April the dean decided to grant the following three applications funding:

Rights and Resistance within Planetary Limits - Critical Connections for Social Sciences
Main applicant: Professor Emily Boyd (LUCSUS).
Co-applicants: Associate Professor Martina Angela Caretta (Department of Human Geography), Professor Håkan Johansson (School of Social Work), Professor Max Koch (School of Social Work), Professor Fariborz Zelli (Department of Political Science)

Children's voices, rights and development: Future practices for a resilient childhood
Main applicant: Associate Professor Elia Psouni (Department of Psychology).
Co-applicants: Associate Professor Veronika Burcar Alm (Department of Sociology), Professor Anna Lundberg (Sociology of Law Department), Associate Professor Lina Ponnert (School of Social Work), Professor Helena Sandberg (Department of Communication and Media).

Crisis Inequalities and Social Resilience (CISR)
Main applicant: Professor Helle Rydström (Department of Gender Studies).
Co-applicants: Professor Annette Hill (Department of Communication and Media), Professor Simon Turner (Department of Sociology).

These groups will now, for a year, arrange the activities for which they have been granted funding, including various kinds of seminars and workshops.