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Lena Eskilsson new deputy vice-chancellor

Photo of Lena Eskilsson.

The University Board has appointed Lena Eskilsson as deputy vice-chancellor of Lund University 2021-2026. Eskilsson is a senior lecturer in human geography and has many years’ experience in education and leadership issues at Lund University. Since 2018, she has been the pro dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences.

“It is an incredible honour to be entrusted with this role by the Electoral College and the University Board”, says Lena Eskilsson.

“I very much look forward to the opportunity to work with this exciting and challenging task together with Erik Renström. The task of the deputy vice-chancellor is to support the vice-chancellor, but I believe that this collaboration can benefit from different backgrounds, perspectives and areas of interest. Some areas I would like to work more on are ideas about the broad University, digital teaching environments and making the most of all the University’s campus environments in Lund, Malmö and Helsingborg.”

“Lena Eskilsson is very well qualified in academic leadership. She represents a change to a new generation that has been prepared to shoulder heavy leadership responsibilities early on in their careers. In addition, Lena Eskilsson will complement Erik Renström in an excellent way”, says chair of the University Board Jonas Hafström.

In her role as deputy vice-chancellor, Lena Eskilsson will assist vice-chancellor Erik Renström whose background is in the Faculty of Medicine.

“Many congratulations to Lena Eskilsson who will be an excellent deputy vice-chancellor. I am really looking forward to working with her. She has extensive experience of Lund University and has worked on many important educational issues through the years”, says Erik Renström.

Facts about Lena Eskilsson:

Lena Eskilsson was born in 1970 and lives in Lund. She is a human geography scholar at the Department of Service Management and Service Studies in Campus Helsingborg and completed her PhD in 2001 with a doctoral thesis on “The structure of cities – power over land.” Eskilsson has been a teacher and researcher for many years and has held several leadership positions at Lund University. She was director of studies at the Department of Service Management between 2008 and 2012. Since 2018, she has been pro dean at the Faculty of Social Sciences and prior to that, she was the vice dean at the faculty for six years. She has been the vice chair of the Education Board and member of the International Council since 2017 – both forums that address the University’s strategic education issues.