Stressors at work and elsewhere: a global survival approach

  • Kenneth Abrahamsson Luleå university of technology
  • Lennart Levi Karolinska Institutet


Abstract: The United Nations´ “Agenda 2030” aims, in an integrated manner, to address the entire multitude of major global risks – e.g., to end poverty and hunger, realize the human rights of all, and ensure the lasting protection of the planet and its natural resources. However, recent political changes put this bold initiative at risk. To increase the likelihood  of success, higher education institutions worldwide should teach and train today´s students – tomorrow´s decision makers – to think both critically and ethically, to learn to cope with ethical dilemmas, and to apply systems-thinking approaches to serious and complex societal problems. The Covid-19 pandemic provides just one example of a complex and serious challenge necessitating such approaches. Promoting decent work, full employment and economic growth is one of the other major challenges. And neither of them can be successfully dealt with in a piecemeal manner

Author Biography

Lennart Levi, Karolinska Institutet

Lennart Levi, MD, PhD, Emeritus Professor of Psychosocial Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Former member of the Swedish Parliament.  Former director, Division of Stress Research at the Karolinska Institute, and National Swedish Institute for Psychosocial Medicine. Former member of the WHO Expert Panel on Mental Health. Former temporary advisor/consultant to WHO, ILO, and to the European Commission.