Subjects: Hear Us Out
Young people could learn to avoid being victims of crime
“The risk is 20-30 percent lower. So, if we can teach young people how to plan and make responsible, careful decisions, we can also reduce the risk of them becoming victims of violence,” Amber L. Beckley says.
Scientists off to Antarctica to understand the Swedish spring tide
“Our measurements in Antarctica will help us calculate snowfall in Sweden, as well as flood risks and water levels in reservoirs," says Andrew Mercer, glaciologist and lecturer at University of Gävle.
Five characteristics that made Greta Thunberg a leader
By studying articles from major newspapers in Sweden and other countries, Komalsingh Rambaree and Nessica Nässén, researchers in social work at University of Gävle, have identified the characteristics they believe are the causes of the Greta Thunberg phenomenon.
The cult of efficiency does not allow time for seeing the needs of individual pupils
“The quest for time efficiency makes it impossible for everyone to keep up, and we can't have that at our schools,” says Silvia Edling, professor of curriculum studies at University of Gävle.
Amir Rostami: “Violence breeds violence, and violence seems to be getting more brutal”
“Unfortunately, our study suggests a brutalisation of violence. Intending to kill, people aim for the head when shooting and stabbing and they are indifferent to the consequences. And victims who accidentally survive are very injured when they get to hospital,” says Amir Rostami, docent in criminology at University of Gävle.
“We need to enable more internationally educated nurses to exercise their profession here in Sweden”
A new study shows that the complementary programme for nurses from countries outside the EU provides security and readiness to work in Sweden. In the last three years, however, relatively few of the applicants, 300 out of 1800, have achieved a Swedish licence. “Our aim is to find out what we need to do to enable more nurses who have immigrated to work as nurses in Sweden," says Denice Högstedt, r
Unique chance to change into pro-environmental behaviour in new urban environments
“Appealing to logic and values to break cemented habits is not enough. Now, when we're building so many new urban environments, there is a unique opportunity to make the environment promote pro-environmental behaviours," says Noah Linder, researcher in environmental psychology at University of Gävle.
Much of our unsustainable behaviour is strongly habit driven, for example our eating habits
Homeworkers move around more and are more relaxed
“To me, the fact that homeworkers were more relaxed was surprising,” says Linda Widar, researcher in remote working and health at University of Gävle. “When working remotely, we both move around more and are more relaxed, and these are conditions which simply promote good health,” Linda Widar says.
Homeless women deprived of their dignity in contact with healthcare services
“There is no need to make an issue about whether the person is dirty or just comes to eat something. If you always try to see the individual, you grow yourself and can lead a better life. Becoming a cynic in the coffee room is a gigantic personal failure.”
Seven out of ten pilots would have failed to make the Hudson emergency landing
When an Airbus caught fire soon after taking off, Captain Chesley Sullenberger saved all passengers by making the split-second decision to land on Hudson River in New York.
“It is not about luck; some pilots have the ability to think fast during extreme stress and our tests tell us who they are,” says Eduardo Rosa, researcher in cognitive neuroscience at University of Gävle
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Learning how to make sound environmental choices not enough
“Time and time again, we see that the fact that people have environmentally friendly opinions is not enough to generate the change in behaviour we need to bring about,” Noah Linder says. “In general, we humans try hard to figure out what kind of behavior is the desired one. If it is a little easier to throw away food waste than household waste, it becomes very clear what you should do.”
Industrial workers of the future not in danger of extinction—but models are
“Operators in the future will be a partly new and much more multifaceted profession. With the help of technology, operators will be active in a completely different way,” “Young people want their jobs to be meaningful, they want to contribute to the world. This development is beneficial for sustainability, and we should not be so terribly worried about the jobs, they will still be there,”
Students are not taught how to contribute in practice to a sustainable world
“We have studied 15 universities in different countries, and the results are discouraging. We need to re-think and focus on providing the students with practical tools,” says Rodrigo Lozano, researcher in industrial engineering and management at University of Gävle “We need to combine theoretical lessons with case studies, with going out into the field and with strategic thinking,”
How 12 years of research has developed industrial companies in the county
Now, the researchers themselves inform us about the results from the centre that was founded in 2009 at University of Gävle to develop and renew the region’s industrial companies. In co-production with a hundred industrial companies, around 20 researchers have developed cutting-edge knowledge and industrial applications for the future.
The University’s robotics labs unique in Sweden
“We are keeping our labs and we are almost the only ones in Sweden doing that. Our labs are fantastic resources both when it comes to education and to demonstrate industrial applications,” Niclas Björsell says. “Because we are good at automation here in Sweden, we have been successful. If we are to have any industry in Sweden, this is necessary; it’s our only chance,”
Professor: We have discovered the secret behind the spread of COVID-19 in the United States
“Our discovery enables us to detect patterns that conventional methods fail to detect, for example the effect of different measures to limit the spread of the infection,” says Bin Jiang, professor of built environment at University of Gävle. “The great harm of COVID -19 lies in its enormous spread and we have to look at the underlying population or the geographical distribution of people,”
Researchers on pandemic restrictions: increase compliance instead of investing in numerous restrictions
Responses from 9 500 inhabitants in 11 countries in a study financed by the EU have given the researchers an insight into how governments should act to stop the spread of the virus. “Implementing a combination of many restrictions has the opposite effect. Increase compliance with existing restrictions instead,” says Sofia Wikman, researcher at University of Gävle.
40 million SEK to fair environmental research in collaboration with trade unions and business
“It is absolutely crucial that the measures used to make the transition are socially accepted and perceived as fair,” says Stephan Barthel, professor of sustainability science at University of Gävle and one of the research programme leaders. Together with academia, civil society and other actors, we will develop a carbon budget, compatible with the Paris Agreement, fair, justified and effective.
Unique research: Home workers sleep longer but remain as productive as before
a unique study in collaboration with Gävle Municipality, the researchers have compared individuals when they work from home to when they work at their offices. Participants wore an accelerometer, a motion sensor, for seven days and kept a diary to note sleep and working hours. The results surprised the researchers. “We have a very unique material here, says David Hallman at University of Gävle
New cooling method radically reduces environmental impact of the steel industry
“We have developed cooling methods for steel that save energy, reduce water usage up to 50 percent, reduce use of natural resources and increase the product’s lifespan,” says Mohammad Jahedi, researcher at University of Gävle. No other test rig can compete with the one at University of Gävle. During the years the researchers been working, the Swedish steel industry has shown great interest.