Global Challenges

Global challenges at UiB

University of Bergen aims to be internationally recognised as an important contributor to understanding and addressing global challenges.

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The priority area Global Challenges at the University of Bergen will highlight and promote interdisciplinary and cross-faculty research and education important for meeting these challenges both globally and locally.

For the period 2022 – 2026, we will prioritise the thematic areas diversity, resources, global health, migration, democracy and human rights.

The priority area will:

  • promote research that supports the sustainability goals—the world's joint Agenda 2030.
  • highlight and promote research that contributes to a better understanding of democracy, peacebuilding, and human rights.
  • stimulate to research that develops more knowledge about global health and how to prioritise to provide better health for all.
  • support research that develops a better comprehension of migration and its drivers.
  • promote a broad knowledge-based understanding of diversity, both socially and in nature, and stimulate to deepen our knowledge about the consequences of our use of natural resources.

The focus area will also promote research that develops our understanding and knowledge of how the selected thematic areas are connected and how they influence each other.

Check out what we do in our 2023 annual report

UiB is developing and co-ordinating relevant courses and programmes to equip students for the challenges lying ahead. With its international expertise and focus, the University of Bergen aims to be the destination of choice for all students interested in global issues.

The faculties at UiB will co-operate to provide knowledge about complex global challenges. Students will gain the necessary competencies to handle the intricacy and interdisciplinarity of tomorrow’s global challenges. Administrative barriers for interdisciplinary co-operation between faculties at UiB will be removed.

Interdisciplinarity is necessary to conduct research that will impact global challenges. UiB encourages co-operation across disciplines and faculties, and will especially promote interdisciplinary research in the areas of migration, health and inequality, as these three topics addresses key global challenges.

UiB aims to establish strong interdisciplinary collaborations between researchers and research groups. Collaboration between research schools will be encouraged, and educating young interdisciplinary researchers will be prioritised.

In order to anchor and coordinate this effort at all levels across the University, a strategic working group with representatives from all the faculties has been given the responsibility for further developing UiB’s global challenges’ strategy. The Deans at all seven faculties at UiB form a steering group.

The strategy work receives special administrative support from a unit at Faculty of Medicine. This administrative unit will, in particular, work to promote research and education related to global challenges, and organise meeting places for students, PhD-candidates, researchers and society in general.

The work on global challenges was officially launched 15 May 2017 with a day-long seminar in the University Aula, attended by over 200 participants.

Steering committee

Frode Thorsen
Dean, Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design

Per Bakke
Dean, Faculty of Medicine

Camilla Brautaset
Dean, Faculty of Humanities

Norman Anderssen
Dean, Faculty of Psychology

Karl Harald Søvig
Dean, Faculty of Law

Jan Erik Askildsen
Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences

Gunn Mangerud
Dean, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Kari Loe Hjelle
Dean, University Museum of Bergen

Scientific steering group

Group leaders

Marit Bakke
Professor and Vice Dean of Research
Faculty of Medicine

Simon Øverland
Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care


Siri Gloppen (Kristoffer Chelsom Vogt)
Faculty of Social Sciences

Gro Mjeldheim Sandal (Kari Hagatun)
Faculty of Psychology

Henriette Sinding Aasen (Sigrid Eskeland Schütz)
Faculty of Law

Katrine Hjelde (Jostein Gunderen)
Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design

Inger Elisabeth Måren (Øyvind Frette)
Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Martin Paulsen (Kari Jegerstedt)
Head of department
Faculty of Humanities

Kurt Hanevik (Harleen Grewal)
Faculty of Medicine

Nils Anfinset (Björn Nilsson)
University Museum


PhD candidate representative

Devyn Helen Avhild Remme (Fridah Siyanga-Tembo)
Department of Geography
Faculty of Social Sciences



Bergen School of Global Studies

Siri Gloppen
Faculty of Social Sciences