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Participating universities and departments

BECC encompasses about 200 senior researchers and 80 PhD students from 13 departments at Lund University and the University of Gothenburg.

The partner universities

Lund University is ranked as one of the world’s top 100 higher education institutes. With 47,000 students and 7,500 employees, Lund University tackles complex problems and global challenges and works to ensure that knowledge and innovations benefit society. 

Lund University cooperates with 600 partner universities in over 70 countries. The University hosts the new synchrotron radiation facility MAX IV Laboratory – one of the world’s foremost research facilities for materials research.

The University of Gothenburg meets societal challenges with diverse knowledge. 39,000 students and 6,000 employees make the University a large and inspiring place to work and study, with a continuous flow of new knowledge and ideas.

Strong research and attractive study programs attract scientists and students from all around the world. The University of Gothenburg is environmentally certified and works actively for sustainable development. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University of Gothenburg contributes to a better future.

About BECC Lund at

  • Department of Biology especially the Ecology part that carries out empirical and theoretical research covering the taxonomic breadth and organisational hierarchy of ecology. 

  • Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science combines multidisciplinary studies of climate and environmental change and their interactions with the functioning and distribution of terrestrial ecosystems, biodiversity and ecosystem services, including ecological modelling.

  • Department of Geology focuses its research at earth’s youngest history, especially important is the paleoecologic/paleoclimatic approach.

  • Department of Political Science, Faculty of Social Science, is internationally recognised for its research on democratisation, globalisation, peace and conflict studies and environmental politics.

  • Department of Human Geography, Faculty of Social Sciences and Swedish Institute for Food and Agricultural Economics study human responses to ecosystem and climate changes using agent-based modelling (ABM) techniques.

  • Centre for Mathematical Statistics contributes statistical methodology including Monte Carlo-based inference methods, statistical extreme value theory and spatial statistics. Major application areas are spatial-temporal reconstruction in remote sensing, trends in vegetation index and other climate data.

  • Centre for Environmental and Climate Science (CEC) gathers, strengthens and visualises education and research within environment and climate. CEC is the host for two of Lund University's strategic research areas, BECC and MERGE.

  • Department of Technology and Society, LTH, studies issues of energy and environment in a national and global long-term perspective.

  • Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS), Faculty of Social Sciences, addresses social and environmental sustainability within five main research areas: Climate Change & Resilience, Land Use, Governance and Development, Urban Governance and Transformation, Energy Justice and Sustainability of Energy Systems, and Biodiversity. 

About BECC Gothenburg at

  • Department of Economics contributes experimental and valuation studies in the environmental and resource economics of climate, transport, industry and natural resource management.

  • Department of Earth Sciences, Regional Climate examines spatial patterns of regional climate changes from the past to the present by using instrumental and proxy data such as tree rings and its association with other factors in the global climate system.

  • Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences harbours laboratory, field and modelling research on growth, development and gas exchange, plant ecology and biodiversity in forest, agricultural and alpine ecosystems, partly in a climate change perspective.

  • Department of Marine Sciences brings together research focuses within oceanography, geology, chemistry, biology and conservation. This research is carried out both within individual subjects and in larger multidisciplinary projects.