Graduate School in Energy Systems

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Graduate School in Energy Systems is part of the Swedish Energy Agency's strategic focus in the area of ​​"Energy Studies". Linköping University is administrating the Graduate School.

The vision of the Graduate School is to contribute to the transformation of the energy system to be conducted in an ecologically, economically and socially sustainable direction, with good knowledge founded on interdisciplinary socio-technical energy research.

The Graduate School's purpose is to increase knowledge and understanding of how energy system depends on the interaction between technology and society's regulatory framework, policy development and operators interests and behavior.

The overall objective of the Graduate School is to strengthen the skill and knowledge within the sustainable energy system's various parts in industry, government, NGOs and academia.

The Graduate School in Energy Systems is a continuation of an earlier interdisciplinary collaboration in the field of energy systems, which was called Programme Energy Systems.

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Public defense

Torben Bauer is defending his doctorate thesis in Waste Science and Technology

When: 16 Jun. 2023, 10:00 - 12:00
Where: Luleå, C305

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Read the thesis "Sustainable Sewage Sludge Management Addressing Multidisciplinary Challenges"

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Research projects

The Graduate School consists of interdisciplinary research projects carried out in cooperation between several universities and a support structure to hold together the program and strengthen the interdisciplinary cooperation for example through joint doctoral courses and seminars.

So far, three admissions to the school have been completed. In both the first and the second admission to the school, four projects were granted funding, and 10 PhD students were employed in the projects at each of the admission rounds. In 2020 for the third admission round five research projects received grant and 13 PhD students were employed. The first 10 PhD students were admitted in 2015 while the second 10 PhD students were admitted in 2018.

The PhD students work in the following places: Chalmers University, Linköping University, Luleå University of Technology, Lund University, Mälardalen University, RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI), and University of Gothenburg, University West, Uppsala University.


Courses given by Graduate School in Energy Systems

Graduate students who are enrolled in Forskarskola Energisystem (FoES) will  carry out a number of joint courses. These are the courses that we are offering at the moment: 

  • Energy systems
  • Theory of science, systems theory and interdisciplinary science
  • Methods for interdisciplinary energy systems studies
  • Interdisciplinary project on energy systems (course syllabus available only in Swedish)
  • Practical interdisciplinary research in the energy field

When necessary, the courses are given in English and course places are primarily intended for PhD students in FoES. If possible, other PhD students are welcome to participate in the courses. If you are interested, please send and an email to the research director of studies.

The courses are conducted in similar ways in which a number of mandatory meetings (1-3 days each) are held. Between the meetings the student carry out studies by its own. Mandatory meetings will be located in various locations in Sweden, usually in the premises at the FoES interacting departments.

A course committee develops and follows up the courses and suggests examiners for the courses. The head of the course committee is the research director of studies for FoES and members of the course committee are, besides the research director of studies, three-four supervisors (or another senior researcher) as well as a student representative from FoES.


The origin of the Graduate School

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Energy research at Linköping University