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50 years across disciplines

"RUC's major strength is its experimental approach and deep-seated interdisciplinarity"

We think ahead - and shape the future

Roskilde University was originally established in order to challenge academic traditions and to experiment with new ways to create and acquire knowledge.

At RUC we cultivate a project and problem oriented approach to knowledge creation, because we believe that the most relevant results are obtained by solving real problems in collaboration with others.

We employ an interdisciplinary approach because no major problems are ever resolved on the basis of any single academic discipline alone.

We also cultivate transparency, because we passionately believe that participation and knowledge-sharing are prerequisites for freedom of thought, democracy, tolerance and development.

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PhD Programmes

At Roskilde University we have 4 Doctoral Schools covering the many research areas at the University within the Humanities, Social Sciences, Technical Sciences and Natural Sciences.

We create knowledge and share it with society

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Major EU research project explores new robust public solutions in turbulent times

Professor Jacob Torfing is leading a major international project to explore how the public sector can find flexible and innovative solutions in times of crisis, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, rather than seeking to get back to normal.

Lone Simonsen

New basic research centre will help us understand future pandemics

The Danish National Research Foundation is ready to invest DKK 47 million in a new basic research centre in pandemics at Roskilde University. The centre will be headed by Professor Lone Simonsen, also known as Corona-Lone.

Lektor Kenneth Reinicke

Young men have changed their views on flirting and boundaries after #MeToo

In a new book, gender researcher Kenneth Reinicke from Roskilde University explores how young men view harassment, masculinity and their own role in relation to women in the wake of #MeToo.

Lektor Mette Fog Olwig

Can the world’s youth unite across geopolitical divides to address the Sustainable Development Goals?

Young people who are committed to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and are combating climate change or tackling other global challenges, may have unequal opportunities to participate, depending on where they come from in the world. How do young people experience the discrepancy between expectations of equal, global partnerships and their very different life circumstances? This is what Associate Professor Mette Fog Olwig from Roskilde University will investigate in a new research project.


New research project to provide solution for managing the green transition

The world needs a green transition, but we won't get there if we don't know how to manage and lead the interdisciplinary collaboration that will create the new green solutions. A major new international research project will lead the way.

Biljana Mojsoska

Can nanomaterials be used as shields against bacteria and viruses?

Is it possible to create new nanomaterials that can form surfaces capable of recognising and degrading harmful bacteria or viruses? Scientists from Roskilde University are about to investigate this in a new research project that has received DKK 2 million from Villum Experiment.

Mette Sørensen

New research: Traffic noise increases the risk of dementia

Data from two million Danes show for the first time in the world that there is a link between traffic noise and the development of dementia. The results may give us completely new possibilities to prevent dementia, says noise expert and adjunct professor at Roskilde University, Mette Sørensen.

David Budtz, Sine Just, Lisbeth Knudsen

100 mio. DKK for a new research project on data and democracy with RUC professor in charge

Professor Sine Nørholm Just, RUC, will be head of a new research project that will enlighten us on how we as a society and people can live with artificial intelligence and algorithms in a good way.

Lone Simonsen

Pandemic researcher from RUC receives ministry’s communications prize

Professor Lone Simonsen has managed to explain complicated new knowledge about the Covid pandemic in a manner that is comprehensible and relevant to Danes at a critical time. For her efforts, the professor will be honoured with the Research Communication Prize 2021.