The Socio-Economic Conditions for Swedish Antibiotics Research 1980-2015

Over the period 1980-2015, industrial research in antibacterial medicine saw significant reduction, with mergers and cost cutting measures in the pharmaceutical industry limiting the number of major companies active in this area. At the same time, the academic research spheres went through significant changes, with increasingly precarious working conditions and an ever more acute need to ‘publish or perish’. This project aims to study how the combined effect of these trends influenced the ability to conduct research on antibacterial medicine at Swedish universities over this period.

Acceptance rates on project applications to Medicinska Forskningsrådet (1980-1990) and their latter counterpart Vetenskapsrådet, medicinsk forskning (2005-2015).

Researchers at UU

Alexandra Waluszewski

Professor at Department of Economic History, Science and Technology Studies Center


Related published research

  1. Waluszewski A. and Björvang C. “Antibiotic innovation – from continuity to ad hoc” Conference Paper at IMP Forum, Ancona 2019.
  2. Baraldi E., Ciabuschi F., Leach R., Morel C. and Waluszewski A. “Exploring the obstacles to implementing economic mechanisms to stimulate antibiotic research and development: a mulit-actor and system-level analysis.” American Journal of Law & Medicine 42 (2016): 451-486.
  3. Waluszewski A., Baraldi E. and Ciabuschi, F. “Post-conference report: New economic models addressing antibiotic resistance” Post-Conference Paper from Uppsala Health Summit, Uppsala 2015.
  4. Waluszewski A., Baraldi E. and Ciabuschi, F. “New economic models addressing antibiotic resistance” Conference Paper at Uppsala Health Summit, Uppsala 2015.
  5. Rider S., Hasselberg Y., Waluszewski ATransformations in Research, Higher Education and the Academic Market: The Breakdown of Scientific Thought. Dordrecht: Springer Science+Business Media, 2013.
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