Department of Thematic Studies (TEMA)

Major societal questions are studied and analyzed from an interdisciplinary perspective at the Department of Thematic Studies. 

In an increasingly complicated world, the need for interdisciplinarity is greater than ever, researchers that can see both breadth and depth in major societal issues. At the Department of Thematic Studies, natural science, social science, technology and the humanities meet in the common aim to increase understanding for and find solutions to important future questions. The Department has four education and research environments organized thematically with high social relevance. Here you can find researchers with both disciplinary and interdisciplinary backgrounds. The environments are therefore heterogeneous in terms of their scientific expertise. At the same time the common problem area holds them together. Students at the Department of Thematic Studies are trained to find alternative questions and transnational perspectives.

Units & Centres 

PhD Programmes


Contact & staff





Postal address

Linköping University
The Department of Thematic Studies
581 83 Linköping

Visiting address - Campus Valla

The Tema Building
Mäster Mathias gata

Visiting address - Campus Norrköping

Kopparhammaren 2
Norra Grytsgatan 10 A