Published 2018-10-09

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Sport and friluftsliv in focus in new research programme

A new Mistra-funded research programme on sport and outdoor life is estimated to start in mid-2019. A call for proposals has been opened and those wishing to apply have until November 2009 to submit applications.

Sport and friluftsliv (‘open-air life’ or outdoor activities) involve many people and therefore provide ample scope for fostering a transformation of society through action in these areas. This was stated by the international expert group that last spring, on Mistra’s behalf, presented its proposals on the form a new research programme could take.

In June, Mistra therefore launched a call for proposals based on the expert group’s recommendations. The call emphasises three research areas:

  • Environmental impact of sport and outdoor activities
  • Behaviour, practices and decision making of individuals and groupings
  • Management and administration.

The research programme will focus on sport and outdoor life, where ‘sport’ consists in participatory as well as spectator activities, and friluftsliv in both urban and rural settings is of interest.

As usual for Mistra programmes, it is important to apply an interdisciplinary approach and involve stakeholders and interested parties from public administration, business and civil society throughout the research process, from planning to final reporting.

The call for proposals closes on 30 November. Thereafter, the applications will be reviewed by international experts. In March 2019, Mistra’s Board will decide on the award of funding. The programme start is planned for 1 July 2019.

Please address questions about the call to Åsa Moberg:

+46 (0)70–732 46 02,


Call for proposals

Managing Mistra programmes

Text: Henrik Lundström