About CSS

Center for Social Sustainability (CSS) was established at Karolinska Institutet in 2013 by a group of engaged researchers to fill in the gap on how inner individual factors are linked to group and societal sustainability, including the roles of empathy, compassion, trust and altruism in building sustainable systems in health care and education.

Since then, the focus has widened to include:

  • human-animal-nature relations and sustainability (One Health)
  • music
  • soundscapes and health
  • disaster-related disorders
  • kindness and wisdom

Purpose

The purpose of CSS is to map ongoing research in social sustainability, initiate and support research projects and identify factors preventing and enhancing collaboration within organisations and society. It also aims to build national and international networks to co-create projects within the areas of empathy, compassion, trust and altruism.

Mission

The mission of CSS is to continue developing the CSS platform for researchers, educators and practitioners from different disciplines, and serve as a springboard for action-oriented and system-building practices.

Collaboration

CSS is carrying out research projects on social sustainability with collaborators such as:

  • Lund University
  • Royal College of Music in Stockholm
  • Royal College of Technology
  • Stockholm school of Economics
  • Gothenburg University
  • Linköping University
  • Uppsala University

It also collaborates with international educational institutions such as:

  • Helsinki University
  • Georgetown University
  • Harvard University
  • University of Chicago
  • Imperial College
  • London School of Economics
  • Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law
  • International Law in Heidelberg
  • University of Pavia
  • Global Brain Institute in Ireland
  • King’s College in London
  • Paris Technological University

Together with these institutions, we explore the research forefronts linking medicine, arts, technology, economics, psychology, and cognitive science, with a social sustainability perspective. 

 

Steering Council Members

Walter Osika

Senior research specialist

Folke Tersman

Professor
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Organizational unit: Uppsala University https://www.uu.se/en/  

Marijane Luistro Jonsson

Postdoc Fellow

Organizational unit: Stockholm School of Economics, Department of Marketing and Strategy.

Maria Niemi

Senior research specialist

Member of the Board of Directors/Scientific Council

Address

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
Sweden

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
Huddinge