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Support: Doctoral Students

On this page you can find information regarding:


Supervision comprises support with orientation and content of coursework and thesis work throughout the doctoral studies program. Moreover, supervisors are in many cases the first or key contact persons for discussing matters beyond the content of the doctoral student's work, especially when considering teaching, further career development, stress and health issues.

Two supervisors are appointed for each doctoral student. One of them acts as main supervisor and must have the qualifications of an associate professor (docent) or professor. The individual study plan (ISP) specifies the duties and responsibilities of each of the supervisors.

Read more about the individual study plan here.

Detailed information on supervision at Swedish universities

Career Development

Lund University offers a broad range of activities that contribute in one way or another to doctoral students’ career development. Read more about your possibilities:

Individual development talks for doctoral students

Towards the end of each calendar year, the Assistant Head of Department will send out invitations for individual development talks with each doctoral student (“utvecklingssamtal” in Swedish). The conversation will take the notes from previous individual talks (if applicable) and the update of the Individual Study Plan as a starting point. It will further relate to additional concerns that the doctoral student likes to raise, in particular with a view to work environment issues and further career planning.

At the internal website for staff at Lund University you can read more about staff appraisals for academic employees.


Links to general information:

Lund University’s doctoral student ombudsperson

The doctoral student ombudsman (DOMB) is mandated to assist doctoral students at Lund University at no cost and confidentially for any challenges concerning third cycle studies.

domb [at] ldk [dot] lu [dot] se (E-mail to the DOMB can be found here)

Further information can be found here on the site 

Health and safety representatives and committees

Committees on gender equality, equal opportunities and diversity

Health & Security

Importantly, when you feel in need of support on health matters in the widest sense, do not hesitate to bring up your concerns as early as possible.

Depending on the situation and your preferences, there are several colleagues at our department you can approach as first contacts for a confidential talk. These include your supervisors, the director of doctoral studies, the deputy head of department, the head of department, and the department’s health and safety representatives. They will further assist you in identifying and contacting specific colleagues and options for more targeted support.

Links to first contacts for a confidential talk:

  • fariborz [dot] zelli [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se (Director of Doctoral Studies), e-mail to Fariborz Zelli
  • magdalena [dot] bexell [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se (Deputy Head of Department), e-mail to Magdalena Bexell
  • bjorn [dot] badersten [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se (Head of Department), e-mail to Björn Badersten
  • The Department’s health and safety representatives. e-mail to annika [dot] bergman_rosamond [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se (Annika Bergman Rosamond) and agustin [dot] goenaga [dot] 2117 [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se (Agustín Goenaga)
  • Work environment and health (with information on victimisation, harassment and reporting of occupational injuries and incidents, computer glasses)
  • Health and wellness (with information on health promotion, rehabilitation and substance abuse)
  • Occupational health service of the university (with information on medical advice, stress and lifestyle advice, counselling, ergonomic advice, and further links on public healthcare)
  • Security & emergency (with information on emergency support and reporting, crisis support, first aid, threats & violence, fire, information security, export control, unauthorised persons)

Do you have questions regarding your employment? Please, contact:

Assistant Head of Department Doctoral studies
Ted Svensson
E-mail: ted [dot] svensson [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se (ted[dot]svensson[at]svet[dot]lu[dot]se)
Telephone: +46 46 222 03 43

Do you have questions regarding your education? Please, contact:

Director of Doctoral Studies
Sara Kalm
Telephone: +46 46 222 01 58
E-mail: sara [dot] kalm [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se (sara[dot]kalm[at]svet[dot]lu[dot]se)

Contact work environment

Kristina Jönsson
Head of Department

Åsa Knaggård
Health and Safety Representative

Kristina Gröndahl Nilsson
Health and Safety Representative