Researchers in education (the academic discipline of pedagogy) study educational processes and how such processes impact and are impacted by individuals, organisations and society. Educational research at LiU comprises a number of aspects, from the individual level to groups, organisations and society.

Education is a broad field with a high “usefulness factor” for many different areas. It gives us knowledge about how we learn and develop, and how we are formed as individuals. It also informs us about interpersonal relationships and how we interact and communicate with each other.

At LiU, researchers in education have a number of different specialities. Many focus on learning and communication in the school environment. For instance they might study bullying, the importance of play in learning, interaction with pupils or how group projects work. Or they could examine the missions of teachers and head teachers.

Other researchers focus on life-long learning, that is, how learning continues through life, for instance in adult education, popular education and vocational training. LiU has one of the world’s biggest research environments in adult education and learning research.

Another facet of the educational research at LiU focuses work and working life, such as issues related to working conditions, learning, competence and skills development, innovation, leadership, gender equality and health. The labour market and labour market policies are also focused.

Medical education is yet another field at LiU. It investigates learning in medical education and in the healthcare sector.


The Social Work research environment

The Social Work research environment nurtures justice and is guided by the principle of equal value for all persons. It acts to promote social change towards a more sustainable and inclusive society.

Full scale simulation for interprofessional training

Interprofessional learning in simulation-based training for the healthcare professions

The overarching purpose of this project is to develop knowledge on how interprofessional collaboration in healthcare teams could be arranged and trained through simulation-based learning environments.

Virtual Worlds: digital technologies in climate and biodiversity governance

Virtual Worlds explores the role of digital technologies in managing climate change and biodiversity loss. The program reviews how technology can improve environmental governance and include local knowledge for sustainable development.