Core values

Equality, equal opportunities and diversity

LUSEM’s vision is an insignia of Lund University’s vision. Being part of an old and well-established university, the core values also tend to be shared throughout the organisation.

The core values of the university are described as follows:

Lund University represents fundamental human rights as well as democratic and academic values. We intend to operate in a context of gender equality and ethnic and social diversity. Respect, tolerance and concern shall govern all relationships, as well as mutual acceptance of responsibility and loyalty to the core values, mission and goals of the University.

Rationality, quality and commitment permeate the activities of our University. Academic integrity is absolute. There is ample room for different opinions and for debate. Respect for different viewpoints and objectivity direct our activities. Critical thinking and free access to research information are promoted. We have an innovative and creative environment with scope for change and opportunities for professional development for employees. Humour, curiosity and commitment are key concepts.

The University is a critical voice and driving force in society. We cooperate with the international higher education community and carry out research and education in global issues of decisive importance to the future of mankind. Higher education and research shall contribute to democracy, sustainable development and liberation from oppression. Our University stands for goals and visions that inspire hope!

In addition, LUSEM’s student-centered outlook has led us to formulate the following core values for our relations with students and staff:

The integrity of the individual at LUSEM should be upheld and our work in relation to the students should be based on gender equality and an aspiration for ethnic and social diversity. Consequently, students at LUSEM have influence over their studies and share the responsibility for the development of the school. Our students will be prepared for continuous personal development through our learning model of student-centred learning. We believe in setting demands for a certain study pace and certain results as a way of showing respect to our students.

LUSEM strives to be the employer of choice, and in relation to our staff we stand for clear responsibilities, active career planning and fair remuneration.

For a better work and learning environment

The promotion of gender equality, equal opportunities and diversity is a prerequisite for achieving a better work and learning environment. By integrating the work on gender equality, equal opportunities and diversity as a natural part of daily work duties at the School of Economics and Management, an attractive workplace is created where everyone can thrive and develop by being given the same conditions for career opportunities, personal development and studies.

The faculty board has overall responsibility for gender equality and equal opportunities work at the School of Economics and Management. Meanwhile, The gender equality, equal opportunities and diversity council is to prepare matters within the area of gender equality, diversity and widening participation, as well as to inspire, encourage and spread knowledge about equal opportunities work. Following the priorities of Lund University, we specifically focus our work on: discrimination, equal opportunities, recruitment and promotion, leadership, salaries and terms of employment, and gender and intersectional perspectives in teaching.


Mats Benner, Professor
Telephone: +46 46 222 76 20

Anneli Carlsson, Lecturer
Chair, Gender equality, equal opportunities and diversity council
Telephone: +46 46 222 42 52

Last published: 2021-11-16