One KI for Sustainable Development

In order to ensure a structured and coherent work with UN Sustainable Development Goals, a project team has been established by University Management.


According to Strategy 2030, all KI activities should be guided by and contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Agenda 2030. In order to achieve this, a structured approach is needed. A project team has been established by University Management and is led by Annika Östman Wernerson.

In his preface to Strategy 2030, KI President Ole Petter Ottersen stated that:”These goals concern us all and show us that health must be viewed in a broad context."

Purpose and overarching aim

The project aims to create coherence, so that the entire university is involved in the work of striving to meet the SDGs as described in Agenda 2030. The aim is thus to take heed of already on-going activities and engagements among employees and students, as well as to contribute to KI developing an increasingly clear profile in regard to sustainable development.

Specific aims of the project

  • Employees are aware of the Sustainable Development Goals and how KI may contribute to reach these goals. 
  • Research is inspired by and contribute to the realisation of the SDGs.
  • Review of the links between the intended learning outcomes of courses and programmes and SDGs lead to an action plan. 
  • Develop conditions for long-term global and local impact by mapping internal collaboration initiatives.
  • Maintain and develop networks to support our work with sustainable development, medicine and health.


Activities within the project include developing a web-based course for employees, arranging a research conference, mapping current level of knowledge, developing a climate strategy, developing a plan for how SDGs can be included and followed up in research grant proposals, partnerships with external organisations and universities.

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Sustainable development. Photo:


Research at KI aims at improving human health and wellbeing and is of crucial importance for the contribution to sustainable development. Some fields of research clearly relates to several of the SDGs - for the benefit of future generations and the most vulnerable. 


Graduates should achieve understanding and knowledge about issues related to sustainable development and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Teachers need to provide the students with the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes that empower them in contributing to sustainable development. Students should have reflected upon their role in society, gained skills in critical thinking, developed systems thinking and be prepared to act.

External leadership

KI should be an active partner on issues regarding health and sustainable development and advancing health and wellbeing in society.

Operations and goverance

KI should be goverened in a sustainable direction. This includes reducing the impact from work travel, adding environmental and ethical requirements in procurements, minimising health and environmental risks in laboratory work and reducing waste. KI should ensure equal opportunities as well as good health and wellbeing for employees and students. 

The Project Team

Projektgruppen hållbar utveckling: Matti Nikkola, Hanna Karlsson, Göran Tomson, Susanne Gabrielsson, Maria Niemi, Susanne Maxeem, Mia von Knorring, Michaela Vallin, Margareta Hultin, Kerstin Lundin.
The project team: Matti Nikkola, Hanna Karlsson, Göran Tomson, Susanne Gabrielsson, Maria Niemi, Susanne Maxeem, Mia von Knorring, Michaela Vallin, Margareta Hultin, Kerstin Lundin.