Social sustainability

“Equal societies are more peaceful”

Uppsala researcher Erik Melander has shown that there is a connection between gender equality and peace. He is monitoring developments in Ukraine and believes that Russian women can have an impact on how long the Putin regime can continue its invasion.

Rött hus

Rural areas

Remote work provides new opportunities in rural areas

Remote work driven by the pandemic has opened new doors for urbanites who long for small-town life, and for rural municipalities that want to grow. Hans Westlund, professor of urban and regional studies, calls it a silent revolution.

Rea klädbutik

Lifestyle & consumption

Never-ending sales threaten the sustainability of commerce

Black Friday has morphed into Black Week, and in some shops even Black Month. Researcher Gabriella Wulff is finding that retailers are getting stuck in a vicious cycle of sales, promotions and overproduction.


Mixed-species forests bring diverse benefits

Spruce trees account for the majority of Sweden’s forests. But this species is sensitive to infestation by the spruce bark beetle, which is becoming more abundant as temperatures rise. Could more deciduous trees offer a way of spreading this risk in the future?



Environmental goals guide climate efforts – despite little impact

Not a single Aichi biodiversity target was reached, and since the Paris Agreement in 2015 emissions have continued to rise. As global agreements are being renegotiated, the key question remains: How are all the goals and promises being turned into action?

Mamma och son


No clear links between environmental toxins and preeclampsia

Nearly four years ago, Extrakt reported that researchers were determining whether endocrine disruptors could increase the risk of preeclampsia. So, what was the outcome? Fortunately, the researchers found no link between environmental toxins and preeclampsia.



New discoveries on the spread of environmental toxins

It was previously believed that a family of chemicals which end up in the ocean, PFAS, remain there. But research from Stockholm University now indicates otherwise. Lab experiments reveal that these chemical substances can spread from water to air.