About CSS

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Many people want to contribute to creating a better world. But how to contribute in the most effective and long-lasting way is sometimes unclear. At the Centre for Social Sustainability we are leading the way through our scientific research and study.

The Center for Social Sustainability is a new interdisciplinary and international center with carrying out research projects on social sustainability while producing exciting, creative, relevant and concrete research

Ecological sustainability has been discussed for some time now, and it seems easier to agree on its main principles, unlike those of social sustainability – perhaps because ecology/nature seems more “concrete” and can be experienced directly. Organisations such as the Stockholm Resilience Center are studying the limits for how much change the earth can sustain.

Social sustainability appears more complex and harder to define, since it seems to involve so many different opinions on what is important to social sustainability. This is probably due to the fact that humans have so many different driving forces, be they political, philosophical, scientific or theological. In 1987, the Brundtland Commission (WHO) discussed social sustainability in its Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development: Our Common Future. In their report they explain that: “Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” The Commission stressed that sustainable development includes economic and environmental, social and cultural avenues.

For many years now, there has been an awareness that the future of the world relies on ecological sustainability. But we often tend to forget social sustainability, that is, how people interact as individuals, in groups and in society. Humanity is dysfunctional in many respects, and this has led to enormous problems, with weapons of mass destruction, pollution, war, starvation, just to name a few. The purpose of the CCS is to create a research platform to enlarge our knowledge about social sustainability. We will explore how people can interact more efficiently so as to complement the environmental perspective for a sustainable society which includes human relations.

This is done through:

  • research
  • education
  • information
  • interaction

Steering Council Members


Walter Osika

Organizational unit: Center for Social Sustainability
E-mail: walter.osika@ki.se


Stefan Einhorn

Phone: +46-(0)8-517 754 69
Organizational unit: Department of Oncology-Pathology (OnkPat), K7
E-mail: Stefan.Einhorn@ki.se


Eva Bojner Horwitz

Organizational unit: CPF Department
E-mail: eva.bojner.horwitz@ki.se

Graduate Student

Christina Andersson

Organizational unit: CPF Hellner
E-mail: christina.andersson@ki.se


Folke Tersman

E-mail: folke.tersman@filosofi.uu.se

Organizational unit: Uppsala University

Assistant professor

Maria Niemi

Organizational unit: Public Health Epidemiology
E-mail: Maria.Niemi@ki.se


Annele Claeson

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 839 05
Organizational unit: Center for Social Sustainability
E-mail: annele.claeson.1@ki.se

Members of the Board of Directors/Scientific Council


Postal Address

Karolinska Institutet
Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society
CSS, Center for Social Sustainability
Division of Nursing
Alfred Nobels allé 23, C4
23 300
SE-141 83 Huddinge

Visiting Address

Karolinska Institutet
Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society
CSS, Center for Social Sustainability
Division of Nursing
Alfred Nobels allé 23, floor C4