Linnaeus Knowledge Environment: Water

Managing the Earth's water resources in a sustainable way is a major challenge. The purpose of the knowledge environment Water is to tackle this societal challenge by gathering and disseminating the knowledge required to create and manage a healthy water landscape.

Our society is facing great challenges within a number of different fields. Meeting these societal challenges with knowledge in creative environments that integrate education, research, and collaboration – knowledge environments – is something that permeates Linnaeus University’s vision and work.

Seven of the university’s knowledge environments have been appointed Linnaeus Knowledge Environment. These focus on the fields of education, materials, democracy, water, digitalisation, environment, and health. They all work interdisciplinary and link together subjects, departments, and faculties in order to get a broad take on the societal challenges within each field.

Societal challenge: water

Water is essential for life on Earth. More specifically, reliable access to clean water is a major global challenge and a key issue for sustainable development.

The natural cycle of water involves transitions from land to sea and these are critically influenced by human actions. Thus, sustainable management of water resources represents a true societal challenge. Such a challenge cannot be resolved by a single discipline or organisation, but rather requires transdisciplinary knowledge and collaboration among different stakeholders in society.

In the Linnaeus Knowledge Environment Water we work together to contribute to a healthy water transition from land to sea. We consider water as an important resource we have to manage as well as respect. Importantly, the knowledge environment gathers a critical mass of knowledge required to obtain and inform on the management of a healthy water landscape. Our aim is to position the knowledge environment as a national and international hub for blue sustainability.

Research, education and collaboration

Our researchers come from a variety of faculties and disciplines with different perspectives on water. We also educate students on all levels directly about water and indirectly in issues related to sustainability and the UN's sustainable development goals. To achieve this, we also have a wide network of collaborations with external actors, both within and outside of academia, We also continuously welcome new collaborators and challenges rooted in everyday issues, from local to global.

Welcome to contact us about everything that has to do with research, collaboration and teaching in the field of water!



Our main two approaches for research are:

  • Water as resource
  • Water from land to coast and sea

More information about our research interests are found under the heading Approach above and in each research group below.


Our education spans several faculties and departments. A list of our main programs is found below.


We often conduct our research in collaboration with other actors from the public sector, the private sector and the civil society. These collaborations are highly valued and they also provide added value in the education, for example through guest lectures and degree projects. We also work actively to make our activities visible through popular science lectures and other events.

Steering group

Jarone Pinhassi is contact person and chair of Water.