Centre for Health Equity Studies (CHESS) was created in 2000 jointly by Stockholm University and Karolinska Institutet, with financial support from the Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research (FAS).

In March 1998 the Swedish Council for Social Research (SFR) submitted a national research programme on inequalities in health to the Government, which included the proposal to establish a national network centre for research into health inequalities as a key component. In February 1999 the SFR invited Swedish universities to apply for funding for a network centre. One condition was that the university would match the SFR funding with an investment of its own of a similar magnitude. Research groups at the Karolinska Institute and Stockholm University, led by Finn Diderichsen, Denny Vågerö and Ulf Lundberg, wrote a joint proposal. The joint proposal from Stockholm University (SU) and the Karolinska Institute (KI) was ranked first by the international experts, and a contract between SU, KI and SFR formally establishing CHESS was signed on 30 June 2000.

CHESS was formally setup from July 1st 2000, and started to operate in January 2001 when we moved to the office at Sveaplan, between the main campuses of Stockholm University and Karolinska institutet. 

The Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs (SoRAD) is a interdisciplinary research centre at Stockholm University. SoRAD was established in 1999 and was located at the Faculty of Social Sciences. The centre conducted research within the field of social alcohol- and drug research. No education was arranged by the centre.

Besides basic funding from the faculty SoRAD holds grants from the Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research. Primarily the Centre of excellence program "Exclusion and inclusion in the late welfare state: the case of alcohol and drugs" as well as the project "Women, health and substance use".