Eva Brodin

Eva Brodin

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The key areas of my research are scholarly development and doctoral education, including research capacity building in developing countries. I am also interested in issues on higher education in general from a critical perspective. I integrate educational, philosophical and psychological theories while focusing on the following subjects:

  1. Learning and supervision in doctoral education
  2. Scholarly critical thinking and creativity
  3. Service-learning in developing countries
  4. Gender and innovation
  5. Discourses on academic teaching and teachers

I am also involved in interdisciplinary research beyond the above key areas, where I contribute to the team work with my expertise in qualitative methods, case studies, and action research, e.g., in the I-PROTECT project (see below).

Ongoing research projects (besides my supervision of doctoral thesis projects)

  1. Capacity development of applied epidemiology in East Africa. Collaboration between Lund University; African Population and Health Research Centre (APHRC), Kenya; Amref International University, Kenya; Jaramogi Odinga Odinga University of Science and Technology, Kenya. PI: Hesborn Wao. Funding: Horizon 2020/EDCTP 2021-2023.
  2. Images of academic teachers in Swedish media. Collaboration between researchers at the Division for Higher Education Development (AHU), Lund University. PI: Eva Brodin.
  3. Innovation and gender in doctoral education in Sweden and South Africa. Collaboration between Lund University, Linnaeus University, Rhodes University, and Stellenbosch University. PI: Eva Brodin.
  4. I-PROTECT: Implementing injury Prevention exercise ROutines in TEams and Clubs in youth Team handball. Collaboration between Lund University (Dept. of Health Sciences,  Dept. of Psychology, Dept. of Educational Sciences/Division for Higher Education Development), Linköping University, and La Trobe University. PI: Eva Ageberg, Dept. of Health Sciences, Lund University.

Completed research projects

  1. Encouraging social innovations for combating poverty in East Africa: Lessons from a postgraduate educational intervention. Collaboration between Lund University, African Population and Health Research Centre (APHRC) in Kenya, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in Kenya, and Makerere University in Uganda. PI: Eva Brodin. Funding: Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet) 2019-2020.
  2. The role of doctoral education in early career development. Collaboration between Lund University, University of Gothenburg, Rhodes University, and Stellenbosch University. PI: Liezel Frick, Stellenbosch University. Funding: SANORD (Southern African-Nordic Centre) 2014-2016.
  3. Scholarly development in interdisciplinary graduate schools. Internal collaboration between the Department of Educational Sciences/Division for Higher Education Development (AHU), and Centre for Middle Eastern Studies, Lund University. PI: Eva Brodin. Period: 2012-2018.
  4. The relationship between critical and creative thinking in doctoral education. Post doc project, Linnaeus University. PI: Eva Brodin. Period: 2009-2011.
  5. Mentorship in doctoral education. Internal collaboration between Lärande Lund, Dept. of Psychology, and Dept. of Immunotechnology at Lund University. PI: Eva Brodin. Funding: Lärande Lund, Lund University 2008-2009.
  6. Critical thinking in scholarship. Doctoral thesis project, Lund University. PI: Eva Brodin. Supervisors: Lennart Svensson & Åsa Lindberg-Sand. Period: 2002-2007. 


Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence for the scholarly article: Brodin, E.M. & Frick, B.L. (2011). Conceptualizing and Encouraging Critical Creativity in Doctoral Education. International Journal for Researcher Development, 2(2), 133-151. 

Scholarly networks 

  1. Coordinator for FonSyd (Forskarutbildningsnätverket Syd) [Swedish Network for Doctoral Education]
  2. Member of IDERN (International Doctoral Education Research Network)
  3. Member of NFU (Nätverket för forskarhandledarutbildare) [Network for Research Supervision Educators]
  4. Member of Swednet (Nätverk för pedagogisk utveckling i högre utbildning) [Network for educational development in higher education]

External research affiliation

I am a senior research fellow at the Centre for Higher and Adult Education at Stellenbosch University in South Africa.


I have experience of teaching adults at all levels, ranging from individuals with acquired brain damage at Furuboda Folk High School to university students and teachers in higher education. Currently, I am a senior lecturer at: 

Department of Educational Sciences, Division for Higher Education Development (AHU), Lund University (teaching subjects: Doctoral students' learning, Research supervision)

In 2011-2017, I was also teaching in the subjects of theory of science and qualitative research methods at the Department of Psychology, Lund University. Furthermore, I have extensive experience of supervising theses at Bachelor, Master, and Doctoral levels in varying knowledge areas. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

UKÄ subject classification

  • Educational Sciences
  • Learning
  • Pedagogy
  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary


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