UGOT Challenges


UGOT Challenges

HDK is part of 3 out of the 6 strong research centres at the University of Gothenburg, named UGOT Challenges. UGOT Challenges is a unique effort at the University of Gothenburg based on the idea that strong interdisciplinary research is needed to solve the current global societal challenges.

Read more about the effort UGOT Challenges.

HDK is part of the following three centres:

Cluster Curating the City

Critical Heritage Studies is a relatively new and growing interdisciplinary research field that wants to problematize what cultural heritage is and how cultural heritage and perceptions of heritage are perceived and used within different social arenas today. The purpose of the research is to present alternative and critical interpretations of how we experience a globalized world. A challenge is therefore to examine how the past can be used in the present to create the future.
This centre consists of four research clusters where the HDK is part of the cluster Curating The City.
Contact at HDK: Cluster leader Henric Benesch

HDK participates in the cluster through post doc Evren Uzer von Busch. Through her research, which focuses on contributing processes, risk reduction and design for urban areas, she aims to develop micro-urban strategies by applying methods borrowed from socially-active art. Through a series of workshops held with artists, activists and residents in Istanbul, New York and Gothenburg, she hopes to draw attention to issues related to the importance of cultural heritage and to discuss its ownership.

AgeCap is an interdisciplinary research center with researchers from different disciplines at the University. The common goal is to increase the possibility of any person to a good and dignified aging by enable the capability of elderly: The individual's ability to perform actions to reach the goals he or she has reason to value.
Contact at HDK: professor Erling Bjorgvinsson


In 2050, the world population is expected to exceed 9 ½ billion people. Production of nutritious food for all - in a sustainable manner - is one of our greatest challenges. The main goal of SWEMARC is to increase the marine aquaculture in an environmentally friendly way through interdisciplinary and community engaging research. SWEMARC's interdisciplinary research includes the natural sciences, as well as business, law, political science and design.
Contact at HDK: professor Maria Nyström
Web: Aquaculture Centre West