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Dr Peter Lundqvist is a Professor of Work Science at the Department of Agricultural Biosystems and Technology at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. He is located at a campus in Alnarp in the very south of Sweden.
Peter got his BSc from Lund University 1981 and has worked since then at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) on the human aspects of farming and other rural work. In 1988 he presented his dissertation “Working Environment in Farm Buildings” and received his PhD at SLU. Since 1999 he has been the first Professor in Work Science within the Faculty of Agriculture. Peter is the head of the Division of Work Science and active in both teaching and research.
Some examples of current projects involves: traffic accidents with slow moving vehicles, prevention of child accidents, large scale animal production—management, injuries, and ergonomical aspects. He is also leading a European Union project on lifelong learning along the food chain.
Peter has a big interest in the transformation process within the agricultural and rural sectors and its effect on working conditions, such as changes in animal welfare regulations and the introduction of organic farming or new technologies, such as milking robots. Other issues involve transformation from family farms to large scale farming, the increasing use of migrant workers, and the integration of immigrants into agricultural work. Peter’s opinion is that researchers in injury prevention have to be involved in the transformation process in order to achieve positive results in the future.