Its further aim is to contribute to the ongoing development of the research base for education within this subject field.

DUCID conducts research in the field of intercultural studies and offers commissioned education opportunities to external organisations, while also holding debate evenings and conferences that have a wide focus on issues such as cultural pluralism and cultural diversity. It maintains a critical perspective in its examination of present-day social structures and thought systems.

- Our watchwords are openness, complexity, democracy and respect for the differences between people, states Tomas Axelson, Director of DUCID.

The centre is headed by IKUD-rådet (DUCID Committee, unofficial translation), with representatives from Dalarna University, Borlänge Municipality, Falu Municipality, Dalarna County Council and and civil society: see DUCID Committee below.

The Chairperson of the Committee is the Director of DUCID.

Collaborative Research

For a list of current projects and completed projects, see "Projekt" on our Swedish webpage Interkulturellt Utvecklingscentrum Dalarna - IKUD.

For a list of publications, please see "Publikationer" on our Swedish webpage Interkulturellt Utvecklingscentrum Dalarna - IKUD.

In organisational terms, DUCID has its base in the School of Humanities and Media Studies at the University. The centre is headed by the DUCID Committee.

Research Director

Jonas Stier, Professor Intercultural Studies, Dalarna University

Chairperson, DUCID Committee

Tomas Axelson, Associate Professor in Religious Sciences and Director of DUCID


Alireza Akhondi, Director of Integration, Vansbro Municipality

Jonathan Block, Director, Child and Youth Education, Falu Municipality

Maria Görts, Head of School of Humanities and Media Studies, Dalarna University

Fredrik Holm, Director, Borlänge Municipality

Maria Jonsson, Arbetsmarknads- och integrationsförvaltningen, AIK, Falu Municipality

Marianne Omne Pontén, Chairperson, Save the Children Dalarna

Sigrid Saveljeff, External Liaison Director, Dalarna University

Thomas Sedelius, Associate Professor, Political Sciences, Researcher, Dalarna University

Kajsa Sjösvärd, Funktionssamordnare för mänskliga rättigheter & folkhälsa, County Council of Dalarna

Anette Timmerlid, Korta vägen, Dalarna University

Lars Walter, Bildningschef, Borlänge Municipality

Pablo Vilches, Director of Integration, Region Dalarna

Anna Wångmar, HR Manager, IKEA Borlänge

Collaboration for Intercultural Development – Knowledge for a Good Society

English Summary of the Swedish "Uppdrag och mål"

Society at large will regard Dalarna University Centre for Intercultural Research and Development (DUCID) as a self-evident and valuable partner for dialogues on questions concerning cultural pluralism that directly relate to the concepts of interculturalism, cultural identity and cultural representation.

The purpose of the centre is both to promote collaboration between the University and municipalities, county councils, official bodies, civil society and businesses, as well as to contribute to the ongoing development of the research base for education within this subject field.

By way of the centre, the University is able to gather its internal and external contacts, and embark on research assignments and educational opportunities related to the following: ethnicity, language and linguistic competence, intercultural expertise, religion, gender, equality, class, cultural representation and depictions in media and literature, cultural pluralism, identity constructions, stereotypes, discrimination, majority-minority relations, human rights, social sustainability, migration-integration-alienation, language development, Swedish as a Second Language, advanced reading comprehension, democracy, social polarization, ideological extremism, challenges faced by authorities and the effects of in-migration on society.

Director of Research
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