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Collaboration and utilisation

Researchers who collaborate with non-academic actors often find that it helps them improve the quality of their research, develop new projects, and make sure that their findings find use outside the university.

Whether you are interested in working with the public or private sectors, look for ways to enable your research results to come to practical use, or are interested in innovation, we help you integrate collaboration into your research and prepare for social impact.

Collaboration and social impact are all about engaging with the world outside university. This can be done in many ways, with different kinds of partners, and at different stages in the research process. The reasons for collaboration also vary. You may want to achieve higher quality in your research by getting access to expertise held by organisations, or learn about, and from, actors or groups of professionals that may use your scientific knowledge. Perhaps you strive to make your research benefit disadvantaged groups in society.

One way of collaborating is to design your research question with a non-academic partner – a public body, a corporation, or a non-governmental organization. Another is to subject preliminary research results to discussion and feedback from various groups of potential users. You can make your research useful by developing new methods or routines for a particular target group – teachers, say, or nurses – or by making your results inform policy around urban development or marine government, for instance. Commercialization of new products or services is another way to utilize research.

For a number of research councils and funders, collaboration and social impact are central aspects of research proposals, and the success of your application partly depends on how well you plan for and describe relevant and feasible collaboration and utilization.

We are here to help you. Do not hesitate to contact samverkan with any question you might have.


Since 2018 Södertörn University has worked to consolidate collaboration with municipalities and organisations in our local area. Partnerships and formalized collaboration manifest this ambition and open more possibilities to put research-based knowledge and competence to use.

If you want to know more about our current partnerships and how you may benefit from them in your work, please contact

Below is a description of Södertörn University’s strategic partnerships with non-academic partners.

Partnership with Botkyrka municipality

Södertörn University signed an agreement on strategic collaboration in 24 November 2020 and the partners have formed joint steering and working groups to direct the work. Many activities are still in the planning phase, but should, when they are implemented, contribute to the partnership’s overarching aim of contribution to sustainable development. Future activities will include:

  • Education and professional development
  • Research on social development and organizational development

If you want to learn more about the partnership or contact the municipality’s appointed representatives, please contact samverkan.

Letter of intent with Järfälla municipality regarding Barkarby Science

Since 2017, Södertörn University collaborates with Järfälla municipality and other stakeholders in Barkarby Science in the planning of Barkarbystaden. A number of the University’s researchers are engaged in projects with the municipality and Barkarby Science.

If you want to contact Järfälla municipality or any of the organizations involved in Barkarby Science or have questions about the collaboration, please contact samverkan.

Are you looking for suitable partners for a research project? Do you need advice or support in arranging meetings or workshops with potential partners as part of a research or project proposal? We will do our best to help you. Do not hesitate to reach us at samverkan.


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2021-06-17 by Gabriela Voglio