Sustainability and research


LUSEM is a research-driven business school, having a long history of research projects on social, economic, financial and environmental sustainability, as well as ethics, and corporate social responsibility. The School’s commitment to these issues is also clearly reflected in its priority setting, where sustainable development has received more emphasis in recent years.

The academic environment created by Lund University – a comprehensive university with eight faculties – is an important precondition of all activities at LUSEM, not least for the research environment. Some University resources – such as the Sustainability Forum mentioned above – serve the full range of activities in teaching, research and collaboration, whereas other have a more narrow focus. An important source for research is the Pufendorf Institute.

The Pufendorf Institute for Advanced Studies is an interdisciplinary institute at Lund University. It was inaugurated in 2009 and is a place where researchers from all faculties at Lund University – from science and medicine to the humanities and fine and performing arts – are invited to work together. The aim is to be a creative forum, an incubator for new ideas and a springboard for new research initiatives. The Pufendorf Institute is a place where promising ideas for research are supported at a time when they have just begun to unfold. Researchers of different disciplinary backgrounds are given the opportunity to work together on scientific and societal challenges. In order to find answers to complicated problems, the environment of the Institute stimulates boundary-crossing collaboration and encourages early-stage research ideas, having the potential to open up new research frontiers.

More information on sustainability research at LUSEM

The PRME report describes a number of examples of research areas and ongoing research projects furthering sustainability issues broadly. This is by no means an exhaustive account; most research at the School does, one way or another, touch on issues of ethics, responsibility and sustainability.

  • BIOPATH: Pathways towards an efficient alignment of the financial system with the needs of biodiversity

  • Center for Sustainable Enterprising

  • Social entreprenurship, grassroot innovation and community currencies
  • Research on climate and decorbanisation
  • Health and Covid-19-related research

Read the PRME report pages 14 through 18 for more information on sustainability and research