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Swedish Universities of the Built Environment. A collaboration between research groups involved in education of Civil Engineers (and corresponding programs) at the four major Swedish universities with technical faculties : Chalmers University of Technology in Göteborg

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participating universities
A collaborationbetween research groupsinvolved in educationof Civil Engineers (and corresponding programs) at the four major Swedish universitieswithtechnicalfaculties:
  • Chalmers University ofTechnology in Göteborg
  • Luleå University ofTechnologyin Luleå
  • Lund University in Lund
  • Royal InstituteofTechnology in Stockholm


background and purposes
Small research groups and decline in research funding
  • Low research volume in relation to sector size and societal relevance
  • Strengthen by collaboration: attain critical mass and increase competitiveness in securing international research funding
  • Increase the perceived importance of built environment research, education and innovation
  • Project 2009-2010 to establish the collaborative initiative Swedish Universities of the Built Environment, financially supported by the Swedish Research Council Formas, the Development Fund of the Swedish Construction Industry and the Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems
  • 2011: collaboration agreement between 4 universities, basic financial support for coordinator and expenses

Background and purposes

Board 2011-2013
  • Thomas Olofsson, Luleå (Chair)
  • Jesper Arfvidsson, Lund
  • Ivo Martinac, KTH
  • Nina Ryd, Chalmers
  • Coordinator
  • Anna Kadefors, Chalmers
  • Externaladvisorycommittee
  • To be appointed
  • Themegroups
  • StructuralEngineering
  • BuildingPerformance Design
  • Construction and Facilities Management
  • Geotechnology
  • Waterand EnvironmentalTechnology
  • HighwayInfrastructure and Transport Systems
  • Education


  • Cooperate in PhD, graduate and undergraduateeducation
  • Develop relationships and knowledgeofeachothers’ research and education
  • Submit joint research proposals on a national and international level
  • Othercollaborativeundertakings, such as joint publications
  • External/strategic
  • Representbuiltenvironment research in relation tofundingbodies, politicians and otherstakeholders
  • Function as a network for communication and knowledge provision: quicklyrespondtorequests for input and needs for workinggroups.
  • Collaboratewithexternalactors in industry, society and othercountries.