Scientific Council for Humanities and Social Sciences

The Swedish Research Council's Scientific Council for Humanities and Social Sciences supports research of the highest scientific quality in the humanities and social sciences. The Scientific Council has nine members who have been elected by researchers at Swedish higher education institutions.

Responsible for allocating research funding

The Scientific Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences decides on which calls will be made within the humanities and social sciences. They also decide on which applications will be awarded grants. They have ten review panels to help them examine and prioritise the applications that are submitted to the Swedish Research Council, before the Scientific Council makes a decision. It is the Scientific Council that appoints the members of the review panels.

Following up and evaluating research in the area

The Scientific Council follows up, evaluates and develops strategies, for example through research overviews. In this work, the Scientific Council is assisted by both national and international experts. In addition to this, the Scientific Council also runs various research programmes and initiatives in its field.

The Scientific Council represents the Swedish Research Council and finances Swedish participation in several international collaborations, such as the Hera and Norface European research networks and the Joint Committee for Nordic Research Councils in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NOS-HS)

Composition of the Scientific Council

The Scientific Council for Humanities and Social Sciences consists of nine active researchers with a high level of scientific expertise. The members are elected by researchers at Swedish higher education institutions. The term of office is three years and members can be reelected for a further three years.

The Scientific Council meets six times a year.

Members 2022–2024




Malin Rönnblom (chair)

Professor Political Science

Institutionen för samhälls- och kulturvetenskap, Karlstad University/Umeå University

Cecilia Alvstad

Professor in Spanish

Department of Languages, Literature and Culture (SLIK), Østfold University College

Lars Berglund

Professor of Musicology

Department of Musicology, Uppsala University

Håkan Fischer

Professor in Human biological psychology

Department of Psychology, Stockholm University

Bengt Jacobsson

Professor in Business Administration

Department for Social Sciences, Södertörns University

Åsa Lundqvist

Professor in Sociology

Department of Sociology, Lund University

Karin Sennefelt

Professor in History

Department of History, Stockholm University

Rebecca Thorburn Stern

Professor of Public International Law

Departement of Law, Uppsala University

Helène Whittaker

Professor of Classical Archaeology and Ancient History

Department of Historical Studies, University of Gothenburg



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