Stockholm University

The Linnaeus Center for Social Policy and Family Dynamics in Europe (SPaDE)

Granted: 69,9 MSEK
Contact: Elizabeth Thomson
Website: SPaDEexternal link, opens in new window

The Linnaeus Centre on Social Policy and Family Dynamics in Europe is designed to generate and convey to policy-makers clear and compelling evidence on the relationship of social policy to family dynamics.

Previous research has had limited success in identifying links between family policies and fertility. Few studies have incorporated in their designs the other life events that are strongly associated with childbearing – leaving the parental home, finishing education, establishing oneself in the labour and housing markets, entering cohabitation or marriage, or experiencing union dissolution.

The Centre´s research program will fill these gaps by applying a clear conceptualization of social policies and their effects; research designs that take advantage of critical junctures across time, space, and usage; high quality data on family dynamics and policy contexts; and state-of-the art modeling and statistical analysis.

Policy domains to be studied include parental benefits, education, labour markets and conditions of work, and housing.

The Centre would bring together experts in social policy analysis and demography from the Demography Unit in the Department of Sociology, the Swedish Institute for Social Research, and the Department of Human Geography, Stockholm University, and expand collaborations with several international scholars.

Centre researchers will also develop new data infrastructures to support future research on social policy and family dynamics.

The Oskar Klein Centre for Cosmo Particle Physics, OKC

Granted: 70 MSEK
Contact: Lars Bergström
Website: OKCexternal link, opens in new window

The CosmoParticle Collaboration (CPC) aims at using the combined skills of particle physicists, astrophysicists and cosmologists to adress fundamental questions concerning dark matter, dark energy and extreme objects in the universe.

The current collaboration consists of 23 people on tenured positions (11 professors), and some 35 research students. Most of the funds asked for will be used for hiring people at the assistant/postdoc level, critical for a vital research programme.

The proposed research concerns three central themes in modern particle physics, astrophysics and cosmology:

  • Identifying theoretically, and probing observationally, measurables related to dark energy to elucidate the nature of what is driving the accelerated expansion of the universe.
  • Searching experimentally for particle candidates of dark matter, which naturally means going beyond the standard model of particle physics, and if found, determining their properties and elucidating the underlying theoretical framework.
  • Investigating the physics of extreme objects, such as supernovae, neutron stars, and black holes.

The work packages around these themes are formed by intertwining the applying teams within the AlbaNova University Centre in Stockholm. Strengthening the environment is also NORDITA – recently moved from Copenhagen to AlbaNova.

Career planning and other methods will be used to try to improve the present relatively low number of tenured female researchers.

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Updated: 2014-05-06