Scholars at risk

Scholars at Risk (SAR) is an international network of institutions and individuals whose mission it is to protect scholars and promote academic freedom.

In March 2016, a Swedish section of SAR was launched. Umeå University is part of the network along with eleven other higher education institutions.

In situations when researchers are discriminated, censored or threatened, the network can offer temporary housing and employment at universities in other countries. An important cornerstone is also to work preventively by documenting incidents, spreading information and current statistics on the situation in different countries in order to get more aware of, and involved in, the work, for academic freedom.

Researchers who need protection must register directly with the network.

The international network Scholars at Risk was established in 2000 in Chicago, USA. Today, the base is at New York University, and nearly 400 universities and colleges are members.

The following Swedish higher education institutions are part of the network: University of Gothenburg (coordinator of the Swedish section), Umeå University, University of Borås, Dalarna University, University West, Karlstad University, Karolinska Institutet, Konstfack - University of Arts, Crafts and Design, Lund University, Malmö University, Stockholm University and Uppsala University.

What can Umeå University do within the network?

Hosting a scholar at risk requires long-term preparation and resources. Such a commitment is not yet relevant, but there are plans to invite threatened academics to workshops and seminars. As a new member, the university also gets help from SAR to organise workshops for students such about documenting threats to academics.

To suggest activities, contact Ingrid Svensson at the International Office.

More information at:

Scholars at Risk

Team for internationalisation

Internationaliseringsforum is a Team for those working with internationalisation issues. It contains manuals, routines and calendar events. 

There is a channel in the Team with a handbook in English.

Sandra Lundström
4/27/2021