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

24 May, 2024

Public defense of doctoral thesis: Hanna Varvne

10.15 am – 12.00 pm  in room E44, Handelshögskolan, Vasagatan 1, Göteborg

Hanna Varvne defends her thesis entitled "Oxymoron organizing: travels of the idea of energy efficient oil tankers". Supervisor is Ulla Eriksson- Zetterquist, Professor at Gothenburg University. Opponent is Professor Thomas Lennerfors, Upsala University 


14 June, 2024

Public defense of doctoral thesis:Marzieh Bagheri

09.00 am – 11.00 am  in rooma117, Luleå University of Technology.

Marzieh Bagheri defends her thesis entitled "Sewage Sludge Treatment Scenarios: Techno-Economic Analyses of Energy and Phosphorus Recovery Focusing on Implementation Challenges". Supervisors are Elisabeth Wetterlund, Marcus Öhman and Lale Andreas, Luleå University of Technology. Opponent is Stefan Anderberg, Linköping University.

Recent doctors


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.

Smart symbiosis

The aim of this project is to increase the understanding of how collaboration that promotes new resource flows between public and private actors can be stimulated.

Urban Refinery

The project will increase knowledge about opportunities for and obstacles to using waste management infrastructure for the production of energy carriers and energy-intensive products from sewage sludge.

Blu sky with the text CO2

Carbon neutral industry

This project analyses sociotechnical preconditions for the possibility of establishing a joint bioenergy with carbon capture and storage infrastructure between Sweden and Finland.

 Energy management within the shipping and the manufacturing sectors.

Energy management in the shipping and manufacturing sectors

The research project is analyzing how energy management is conducted in Swedish manufacturing and shipping industries.

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Massive urban missions

The aim of the project is to investigate and critically reflect upon how to deliver climate neutral cities in Sweden through the combination of smart integrated infrastructure and mission-oriented governance.

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Sustainable Energy Transformations in Aviation

The project aims to contribute to an acceleration of sustainable energy transformations in aviation, with a focus on bio-based jet fuels and electric aircrafts.

Two cows in the field. Agricultural and farming sector account for 13% of the total greenhouse gas emissions in Sweden.

Energy efficient negative emissions from agricultural sector

This project proposes a novel direct air capture (DAC) concept to mitigate CH4, N2O and CO2 emissions at lower energy demand and without affecting the practices in agriculture/farming.

vallastaden, A dense, green and varied city district

Sociotechnical ecology: Energy systems in urban areas with high sustainability

This project focuses on the planning and follow-up of energy systems in sustainable districts at the three sub-levels household level; building level and district level.

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Electric power grid resilience

The goal of project is to provide unique and novel knowledge of how the energy system of buildings can contribute to an electric power system that is resilient, i.e. has an ability to foresee, adapt and quickly recover from disturbances.

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Effective regional collaboration for a fossil-free society

The project aims to develop knowledge about how regional collaboration contributes to building the multifaceted capacity required to achieve a fossil-free welfare society.

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Below zero

The project promises to deliver timely and impactful research on how society can build robust and adaptive capacity to respond to BECCS deployment barriers.

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Integrating data-driven decision-support, energy models and data analytics in urban transition governance

The goal of this project is to make better use of data, modelling and datadriven decision-support for governing the transformation of urban energy systems towards sustainability and climate neutrality.

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The future control room for sustainable power systems

This project aims to develop knowledge and expertise in electric power systems, human-machine interaction and knowledge of human situation perception and decision-making in order to ensure a stable and sustainable electric power systems.

The importance of physical and socio-political factors for wind power deployment

The ambition with this project is to identify and quantify socio-political and institutional factors that constrain the potential for renewable energy.

Finished projects


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.

Course Syllabus 


The origin of the Graduate School

News and reportage

Energy research at Linköping University