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Martin Dribe new Wallenberg Scholar

Martin Dribe. Photo.
Martin Dribe. Archive photo from an interview about his research 2021. Photo: Louise Larsson

Professor Martin Dribe is one of twelve researchers at Lund University who have been appointed Wallenberg Scholars.

Martin Dribe is Professor of Economic History at LUSEM and Director of the Centre for Economic Demography. As a Wallenberg Scholar, he will focus on the long-term development of demographic disparities and the factors that contribute to inequality in people’s lives – from finances to family, children, health, longevity and neighbourhood. 

Economic inequality has increased in recent decades, and this also applies to inequality in health and longevity. Enhanced knowledge about the historical causes could help us to meet today’s challenges. The research covers pre-industrial society from the early 1800s to the welfare state of the early 2000s. It is based on extensive empirical studies of the life course of individuals.

Wallenberg Scholars at Lund University

Wallenberg Scholars is a programme funded by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation that supports excellent basic research, primarily in medicine, technology and the natural sciences. The total funding amounts to SEK 239 million.

The grants, which are for a five-year period, are worth up to SEK 18 million each for researchers in theoretical subjects and up to SEK 20 million each for researchers in experimental subjects. As the winner of a Nobel Prize, Anne L’Huillier receives a grant of SEK 40 million. 

“Fantastic news, and my warmest congratulations to them all! Lund University has never been granted so many Wallenberg Scholars at one time. The Wallenberg Foundations’ aim for international impact and more long-term projects within prominent basic research, provides powerful leverage for our ambitions at Lund University”, says Erik Renström, Vice-Chancellor of Lund University.

Previously, Professor Mats Alvesson has been the ”LUSEM representative” in this selection of excellent researchers. 

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