Dalarna University has chosen to concentrate the majority of its research in a limited number of research profiles. Currently, there are six such profiles.
Guiding the ongoing developmental work with research is the research strategy. In February 2011, the University Governing Board approved a new research strategy that will apply from 2012 until 2015.
As set out in the research strategy, the prioritised research fields are as follows:
Complex Systems – Microdata Analysis
Research mainly involves the study of complex processes in business and industry and in social constructions – in particular, areas of research that are relevant for the region as well as non-urban areas along with transport, infrastructure, retail and tourism.
Culture, Identity and Representations
Research involves the study of communication and representations in various types of media, with focus on how social and cultural identities are constructed and presented in the field of tension between the individual and the collective; the minority and the majority; the local and the global; the secular and the religious; the present and the historic.
Education and Learning
Research into education as a current-day and historical practice, with teaching, learning, discipline and caring as central objects of study.
Energy, Forests and Built Environments
Research into sustainable energy systems, sustainable forest management and sustainable buildings.
Health and Welfare
Research into the efforts of the individual and society to promote health and well-being as well as research into improvements in care and social work that support evidence-based work procedures.
Steel Forming and Surface Engineering
This research profile involves further research into Material Science primarily in the field of Metal Working and Surface Engineering.