Why we believe reading can solve society’s problems
The debate about a literary canon in school has made the issue of reading topical. Now, researchers will attempt to reveal why we believe reading can solve so many of society’s problems. we are no longer a collective, rather a collective of individuals. Our society is fragmented, so a common reading project would not easily gain broad acceptatance, says Daniel Pettersson, at University of Gävle.
“Just a prejudice that we sit too much at the office”
When office workers wore activity trackers, data showed that they stood up and moved about more than the researchers at University of Gävle Svend Erik Mathiassen and David Hallman previously thought. “The view that they are sitting too much is based on previous studies that used self-assessment. However, our studies show that it is hard for an individual to estimate the time you spend sitting"
Eight researchers from the University when Stanford lists the world's most cited
Stanford University has now published its list of the top two percent most-cited researchers in the world. Eight researchers from the University of Gävle are on the list.
Dialogues crucial when moving to activity-based offices
Before the Swedish Transport Administration switched to an activity-based office—a completely new way of working—they invested in an information process with workshops to ease the transition. This proved to be crucial to the employees. “Now, we have scientific evidence on how to facilitate such a major transition, instead of just doing things because they feel right,” says Eva Bergsten, researcher
People's movement patterns in Gävle surprise researchers
Data from activity wristbands and a new app enabled researchers to study the experiences and movement patterns of people in Gävle. “We see signs that the results may be surprising,” says Karl Samuelsson, researcher in sustainability science at University of Gävle.
Managers and employees differ on teleworking
New research shows that managers find it difficult to gain insight into the psychosocial working environment of employees who work remotely. “For this reason, managers find it hard to find good ways of supporting employees who work remotely,” says Linda Widar researcher on teleworking and well-being at University of Gävle.
Elk have learned to hide during the hunt
Elk have found a strategy to avoid hunters during the hunt, according to researchers at the University of Gävle. - Elk that learn to hide and those that are smart enough to do so for several years have a better chance of passing on their genes, it's an evolutionary process, says Petter Hillborg, one of the researchers.
Research breakthrough: major environmental benefits with radar measurement of moisture content in wood chips
In collaboration with University of Gävle, Radarbolaget has developed a method to measure the moisture content of wood chips quickly and accurately. “This is a breakthrough in radar research which will generate major energy savings and reduced greenhouse gas emissions,” says Daniel Rönnow, professor in electronics at University of Gävle.
Sustainability scientist on UN meeting in Stockholm: "We need the same cultural change as when we abolished slavery"
Up until 200-300 years ago, slave trading was widely accepted, says Matteo Giusti, slaves were used and abused and were not considered as human as other people. - We need to undergo the same kind of cultural change, where we will consider animals as equal and as important as all other forms of life. The life of trees, plants and rivers need to have the same rights to exist as like human life.
Swedish real estate agents are cool as cucumbers, research reveals
For several years, the personality traits of Swedish real estate agents have been tested. "The biggest difference compared to the average Swede is that real estate agents are more conscientious, but we were surprised by their high scores for emotional stability," says Jonas Kågström, researcher at University of Gävle in Sweden.
Jonas Kågström is running a six-year research project in collaborat
Mathematician: Use of Public Health Agency Data could have resulted in a different COVID-19 strategy
“The opportunity was not taken to use available data to determine the outcome of Sweden’s strategy. As a result, COVID-19 mortality rates in Sweden are exceptionally high compared to our Nordic neighbours,” Xiaoqin Wang says.
Increased influence for tenants generates greener cities
Several new studies show that allowing tenants to manage their own garden, or their own building and its surroundings boosts learning and builds commitment to environmental and climate issues. “Urban commons may contribute to the transformation into a fossil-free society,” says Johan Colding, professor in environmental sciences at University of Gävle.
Do doctors and nurses in psychiatry find it difficult understand each other?
A great deal of research targets the problems of the working environment in psychiatry, problems that may cause burnout and mental disorders as well as cause people to leave the profession. However, Rudberg claims that the issue whether doctors and nurses speak different languages and what this means for the working environment has hardly been studied at all.
New research enables considerable savings for the steel industry
“The next step concerning proactive maintenance is now taken in close collaboration between Sandvik, SSAB, Ovako and ABB. Considerable savings can be made regarding machines and raw material,” says project manager Niclas Björsell at University of Gävle.
Women who have left abusive men describe mistrust and lack of protection as worse than the violence
“Women must run, hide, give up their identity, when society fails to restrict men’s post-separation violence. This means that society is involved in making women lonely, both socially and existentially” says Sara Skoog Waller, PhD in psychology at University of Gävle.
Research paints new picture of success brokers as driven by warm relationships
A common prejudice against real estate brokers is that money is their only incentive. New research from University of Gävle shows that this notion is incorrect. “Successful brokers stand out because of their strong emotional investment in forming customer relationships built on trust.
University of Gävle participates in major EU initiative to reduce food waste
Today, food waste in Europe alone amounts to 88 million tonnes annually at a cost of €143 billion. Globally, it accounts for 8-10% of all greenhouse gas emissions. To combat climate change, the UN has therefore set a target to halve food waste by 2030. The researchers in Gävle will specifically investigate how leadership can facilitate change, examine strategies for change and drivers of change,
Ethical dilemma when the very old hesitate to deactivate implanted heart defibrillator
“One participant told us that he had an ICD shock while playing tennis, which frightened his fellow players. So, he took up bowling instead, as he didn’t view the ICD to be an obstacle to his active lifestyle,” says Peter Magnusson, who sees the ICD to a “true life insurance policy.”
"First-line managers determine the success of the transition to an activity-based office"
“Activity-based offices make for a completely different way of working and require leaders who can involve and prepare employees for the transition; otherwise, these new offices are often a negative experience,” says Eva Bergsten, researcher in occupational health at University of Gävle. “It is vital to start with putting in a lot of work to get the first-line managers on board,”
New lab will teach scientists how to use ventilation to remove COVID-19 virus
“Together with Japanese researchers, we have developed a completely new theory on the transmission of airborne diseases within and between rooms and on how pathogens can be removed by ventilation," says Alan Kabanshi, researcher in energy systems at University of Gävle.