Sustainable Future Hub

Sustainable Future Hub is a collaboration hub for students, researchers and external actors focusing on economic and social sustainability. Sustainable Future Hub catalyzes projects and collaborations where different actors can work together to drive development in the area of sustainability.

News and events on sustainability

New MOOC: Catalytic Leadership for a Sustainable Change

This course emphasizes that systems-based changes are needed to achieve a sustainable world. In the past, dominant theories of change have neglected these complex conditions. In part, it includes the belief that change can be managed, planned, and controlled.

This course suggests more contemporary theories where you are more inclusive, being many stakeholders and use fluid ways of creating change. Similar compositions of ideas have been tested in the honours track Change Maker Future Track at LU School of Economics and Management.

Sign up for the course Catalytic Leadership for a Sustainable Change


The Sustainability Week at Lund University

Sustainability week is an annual event in Lund organised as a joint venture by Lund University and Lund municipality. The week serves as a platform for bringing together ideas, for cross-disciplinary collaborations, for raising public awareness and for inspiring sustainable change. Join this years Sustainability week 17-22 April, 2023.
Find a selection of LUSEM's events during the week here.

💡 Educating the leaders of tomorrow through wicked problems | A new Think Tank

Read the newsletter here.

Two new projects in sustainability innovation

The two new research projects are led by Thomas Kalling, Professor of Strategy at LUSEM. Both projects are organised within the framework of Sparbanken Skåne's Centre for Sustainable Enterprising (SSCEN). In these new research projects, industry, researchers and students will work towards the same goal: sustainable food production and the development of collective mobility in cities and regions.
Read the whole article here.

Prominent champion for sustainability from Dubai visits LUSEM

During the latest installment of "How to be a Change Maker" we explore the correlation between the lighthouse mindset and catalytic leadership in a presentation by Dr. Aishwarya Joshi, founder of the Lighthouse Cohort. The presentation was followed by commentary and in-depth questions by Senior Lecturer and academically responsible for the Change Maker Future Track, Stein Kleppestø.
Read the whole article here.

Preparing future leaders to tackle wicked problems

The Change Maker Future Track aims to equip Master's students with the tools to become leaders of sustainable transformation. Handpicked students with a strong interest in sustainability issues and an entrepreneurial mindset has received practical training based on the challenges of external stakeholders while receiving support from coaches within the industry and academia. The "graduation ceremony" was a happy affair, and we have taken a closer look at the challenge "Lindängen" and spoken to Larissa Sophie Römer and Linnea Persson, students of Management and International Strategic Management respectively.
Read the whole article here.

Sustainable Future Hub launches Think Tank

At the beginning of the year, bachelor, master and doctoral students from all over Lund University had the opportunity to apply for the Sustainable Future Hub's Think Tank at the School of Economics and Management. Out of 50 applicants, 23 students were selected, coming from 17 programmes across six faculties. The diversity of experiences and perspectives is further strengthened by the fact that more than a dozen different nationalities are represented in the group.
Read the whole article here.

Think like an activist

As part of LUSEM's commitment to sustainability, the School organises student-oriented events that allow students to challenge old truths and think outside the box. In collaboration with the Sustainable Future Hub, the academic leads of the Master's in Management and International Strategic Management, Ola Mattisson and Ulf Ramberg, respectively, invited CEO and "happy activist" Yasemin Arhan Modéer to give a lecture on how to "Think like an activist".
Read the whole article here.

🚀 Fail fast, fail forward | Learning to "Live the sustainable idea"

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How to live the sustainable idea

The Master’s in International Strategic Management is One of LUSEM’s flagship programmes. The programme is ranked among the top 100 master’s programmes in the world by Financial Times, and programme director Ulf Ramberg is constantly on the outlook for novel approaches to develop the programme to stay competitive.
Read the whole article here.

Inner Development Goals for building sustainable development skills

Webinar, 18 November, 9:00 am at youtube (click here)
What skills and qualities are needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030? Sarah Emond, CEO at By EMOND guides you through the Inner Development Goals framework, and Christine Wamsler, Professor of Sustainability Science, provides input from a research perspective.
Read more about the webinar here

Change Maker Future Track highlighted at quality conference

When invited to the first ever Lund University Quality conference, Martina Oxling accepted. The conference is a good opportunity to tell people about one of the LUSEM flagships, the Change Maker Future Track. Meet Martina and learn more about the track, and her expectations and goals for the future.
Read the whole article here.

🍂 Inner Development Goals | Students pave way for government organisation

Don't miss the new newsletter from Sustainable Future Hub, read it here.

Students paved way for organisational change

What do students today think about sustainability? What are the practices within a company for pursuing sustainability issues? This and much more were discussed by the participants in the latest round of reverse mentorship.
Read the whole article here.

Preparing for a future sustainable career

As sustainability issues that combine economic, social, and environmental dimensions, climb higher on the agenda, it is a good idea to get a head start and apply the knowledge in a practical setting before graduation. One possibility is to engage in the School of Economics and Management's own sustainability initiatives, another is to do consulting work through the Lund University consulting agency Lunicore.
Read the article here.

🌞 Grants for sustainable enterprise | Theory into practice | Happy summer!

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Master student at LUSEM 22/23? Become a leader in the sustainable transition!

Change Maker Future Track is for talented students with a strong interest in sustainability issues and an entrepreneurial mindset. The Change Maker Future Track will be conducted on site at LUSEM between August 2022–March 2023, and will run in parallel with your Master’s programme.
Read more and apply here by 7 May.

Waste and resource management stipend to LUSEM student

Every year, Sysav awards scholarships of up to SEK 50,000 for essays on waste and resource management. The scholarships are given for the essay or degree projects that are considered the most meritorious and relevant for Swedish waste and resource management. We are happy to announce that the Sustainable Future Hub student network alumni Alejandro Aristi will receive the stipend in 2022. We spoke to him about the stipend, moving to Sweden and his hopes for the future.
Read the whole article here.

💚 Applications open | Webinars on sustianability

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New ideas, energy, and inspiration when LUSEM students develop catalyst mindsets for sustainable change

Change Maker Future Track offers organizations a chance to work with LUSEM Master’s students and help to mold a mindset in the students that will be a catalyst for the sustainable development. The graduation ceremony featured presentations from the students, a diploma ceremony and a stipend for every student generously given by Sparbanksstiftelsen Finn.
Read the whole article here.


Creating positive change in society, the IKEA business way

Webinar 23 March 12:00 at youtube (click here)
How can companies take actions and be a part of social development, to create positive forces in society while also gaining critical insights? A project trying to do just that is Do More, or DM for short, at H22 – a collaboration between the city of Helsingborg and IKEA. Commenting the talk is Johan Anselmsson, Professor of Marketing with a special focus on the development of city centers.

🚀 Business as tool for positive change | Engaged students

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We are featured... the "Sustainability at Lund University 2021" report by Lund University Sustainability Forum! Read about some of the research Lund University does here (
Or read our article Master’s students get practical training to accelerate sustainable development (

Building Resilience Top-down and Bottom-up

Webinar, 17 February 12:00 at youtube (click here)

Resilience builder Jesper Hörnberg speaks about systems thinking, understanding complexity and why radical innovation is not always the answer. The commenting researcher from LUSEM is senior lecturer in organisation studies Sanne Frandsen.

💡 Engage with us | Meta on social impact

Don't miss the last newsletter of the year from Sustainable Future Hub, read it here.

The Sustainable Future Hub’s Student Network is recruiting!

Interested in collaborating with students, researchers and external actors who are working together to drive change for sustainable development? All faculties and educational levels at Lund University are welcome to apply, click here to read more and sign up (ungapped)
The deadline for application is 30th November 2021.


Facebook on social impact!

Webinar 30 NOVEMBER 12:00 pm, at youtube (click here) 
What are the key leadership attributes in large organisations, and how can a degree from LUSEM help manage complex dilemmas within digital transformation? This and more when Facebook employee Anna Lerner Nesbitt joins us for the next How to be a Change Maker Talk.
Click here to read more and sign up


Newsletter November 2021

Don't miss the new newsletter from Sustainable Future Hub, read it here.


Webinar: Oatly's John Schoolcraft on fearless leadership

19 October 9:00 am, at youtube (click here)

John Schoolcraft is the Global Chief Creative Officer at Oatly who replaced the marketing department with the world famous Department of Mind Control. A new way of leading creative teams in business, which arguably led to Oatly's big breakthrough.
In this talk, John will be paired with Carys Egan-Wyer, researcher and teacher at LUSEM, expert in consumption and retail with a strong interest in sustainability. 
Read more about the webinar here

New sustainability track at LUSEM attracts big names

The Sustainable Future Hub at Lund University School of Economics and Management is now starting the Change Maker Future Track. The goal: to offer students at master’s level practical experience of sustainability work. Aiming to take the University motto of “understanding, explaining and improving” to the next level, the track has four equally important parts: students, challenges, coaches and inspiration.
Read the whole article here.

Newsletter September 2021

Don't miss the fourth newsletter of the year from Sustainable Future Hub, read it here.


Webinar: How to do business that impact the world with Rebecka Carlsson

October 6th 9:00 am, online

Climate activist Rebecka Carlsson on How to be a Change Maker, in a talk with Per Mickwitz.

Hear Rebecka Carlsson speak about how we can stop climate change fast enough, good examples of pioneering sustainable business models, what really needs to happen to make a difference and much more.
Read more about the webinar here

Reversed mentorship led to internship in Malawi and research on women’s daily practices on energy use

Meet Catarina Santos, one of our students in Sustainable Future Hub's student network who shares her story.

Read more about Catarinas experience

Newsletter June 2021

Don't miss the third newsletter of the year from Sustainable Future Hub, read it here.

Webinar on Farming the air and the land: Innovations in Carbon sequestration for climate mitigation and adaptation

Save the date September 16th 2021 at 15:00!

Welcome to a webinar with Kimberly Nicholas, Senior lecturer at LUCSUS (Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies) and Lova Brodin, CEO Miljömatematik, on the topic of Farming the air and the land: Innovations in Carbon sequestration for climate mitigation and adaptation moderated by Ester Barinaga, Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at Lund University School of Economics and Management.

More information and registration here.

Webinar on the future of work – challenges and opportunities for AI

June 7th at 16:00, online in Zoom

Welcome to a panel discussion  on inclusive and decent work in relation to challenges and opportunities of artificial intelligence: What happens with the people that have “automatable” skills? How should the transition process look to avoid leaving people behind? Welcome to join this important discussion on the future of work!

Moderator is Juan Ocampo, Ph D student and member of Sustainable Future Hub's student network. The event is arranged by Sten K Johnson Centre for Entrepreneurship and the Institute for Innovation Management at Lund University School of Economics and Management.

More info and registration here.

Morning talks: Circular business – trendy buzzword or consumption of the future?

We hope you attended our webinar on Circular Business on May 5th and that you enjoyed it. During the talk, we got to meet the consumption researcher who stopped consuming, Carys Egan-Wyer, and Therese Gerdman that works with communicating IKEA’s journey towards becoming circular by 2030. The talk was broadcast via Youtube and if you missed it live you can watch it anytime afterwards.

Watch the talk on YouTube

New episode of Digital coffee with researchers with Kelly Dorkenoo - 5 minutes of sustainable research

Els Heile, Master's student and member of the Sustainable Future Hub's Student network is interviewing Kelly Dorkenoo, PhD student in the new eposide of our series on current research on sustainability at Lund University. Kelly's research explores the effects of climate change, more particularly the losses and damages that climate change causes. 
See the episode above, or through the YouTube link here.

Newsletter April 2021

Don't miss the second newsletter of the year from Sustainable Future Hub, read it here.

New podcast episode on waste and consumtion

Listen to a new podcast episode with our researcher Carys Egan-Wyer together with Ann Nerlund from SYSAV and Alexandra Davidsson from Medveten Konsumtion. 38 minutes on waste and consumption.

Spotify link here. Acast link here.

Ester Barinaga new comissioner in Malmö's Tillväxtkommissionen

Ester Barianga, Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at Lund University School of Economics and Management, has been appointed as one of 17 commissioners for the purpose of analyzing and improving the conditions for inclusive and sustainable growth in Malmö. 

Find out more in the recent press release from Malmö stad. 
More information about Tillväxtkommissionen here.

Webinars on sustainability challenges for the industry and financial market

Is industry and the financial market sustainable enough? No, not according to many researchers all over the world. Soon several important key questions will be addressed on this topic. Learn more and sign up for the upcoming webinars hosted by Susanne Arvidsson, Associate Professor and Senior lecturer at Lund University School of Economics and Management. The webinars will be given digitally on the following dates: 15 April22 April, 6 May and 19 May.  

Find out more here.

Digital coffee with researchers - Episode 3 out now!

A new episode of Digital coffee with researchers is now out! Watch the 10-minute Zoom interview below, made by Judith Baeta from our Student network, with Ph D student Joachim Peter Tilsted on political economy and governance of climate change!

Webinar on Corporate Taxation and Social Responsibility with Axel Hilling - now on YouTube!

Listen to Axel Hilling, Associate Professor at Lund University School of Economics and Management, explaining concepts such as aggressive tax planning and why it is so important, for both companies and individuals, to understand the role and responsibility as taxpayers to enable a sustainable future. In the discussion he will be joined by Lorena Sorrentino,  Manager Markets from CSR Europe och Anders Tegelberg, Head of Tax at Vattenfall.

The webinar was arranged by The Bridge and Sustainable Future Hub at Lund University School of Economics and Management.

Listen to two new podcast episodes with our researchers on sustainability!

  1. Ester Barinaga, Professor, is interviewed on local currencies in the podcast Mind the Shift. You can listen to the 60-minute-long episode 45. We need globalized and localized money at the same time via Spotify here or Apple/Itunes here.
  2. Axel Hilling, Associate Professor, is one of the guests in CSR Sweden's podcast Whose agenda?, episode 19. Sustainable taxation is a prerequisite for the world to achieve the Agenda 2030 goals. Listen to the 48-minute-long episode here.

Sustainability Week 2021 May 3-8 - Save the date!

Sustainability Week is organized by Lund University and Lund Municipality 3–8 May 2021. More information here

A close up photo of the three panellists Hervé Corvellec, Ann Nerlund and Harmke Luken.

How to be a change maker - The SYSAV way of a circular business model

Did you miss our recent lunch webinar on how to make sustainable changes through How to be a change maker - The SYSAV way of a circular business model. A panel discussed how sustainable changes can be implemented in the operations of businesses. The event was a great opportunity to learn more about sustainability, get inspired and becoming a change maker! 

The panel:

  • Hervé Corvellec, Professor in Business Administration, Lund University
  • Ann Nerlund, Environmental Educator at SYSAV (South Scania Waste Company)
  • Harmke Luken, Master’s student at LUSEM, Member of Sustainable Future Hub's Student network, and moderator

More information about the event here. Watch it on YouTube here.

11 new students accepted to our Student network

Welcome Catarina, Miriam, Anastasia, Annika, William, Oleksandra, Nicola, Kristborg, Katharina, Jannick and Cecilia! 11 new students have joined Sustainable Future Hub’s Student network since January 2021. They will soon be presented and introduced here on our web together with the rest of the Student network. 

Reversed mentorship spring 2021 with four innovative startups

In this round of our Reversed mentorship we are collaborating with four startups from two of UNOPS Global Innovation Centers: UNOPS GIC Japan in Kobe and UNOPS GIC Sweden at Ideon Science Park in Lund. The Reversed mentorship is only open for students in the Sustainable Future Hub's Student Network and is held online.

A new MOOC course in sustainable taxation soon to be launched

Sustainable Future Hub collaborates with researchers, such as Axel Hilling, Associate Professor at Lund University School of Economics and Management, CSR Sweden and CSR Europe, to develop a digital course in sustainable corporate taxation with the aim of increasing knowledge about the subject. The course - Corporate Taxation and Sustainability - is given in English and has two target groups; partly University students, partly business leaders, primarily with responsibilities in tax and sustainability. More information to come.

Companies must broaden their sustainability work

On 18 November 2020, the annual conference Sustainable Business was held, where Susanne Arvidsson, Associate professor and Senior lecturer at Lund University School of Economics and Management, participated and talked about how sustainability affects growth and profitability. This year's edition of the Di Group's ranking Sustainable companies focus on risk. Here, Swedish companies are generally in a learning process, according to Susanne Arvidsson, who also led the work with the ranking. Read the whole article from DI here (in Swedish).

New sustainability plan approved and Sustainability Forum broadens its remit to include students and education

A new sustainability plan has been approved at Lund University and Sustainability Forum will be permanent with a broadened mission to include students and education. Full article here. More about the new sustainability plan here (in Swedish only).

Social Innovation Summit 2020: Community currency – a tool for bringing premises to life around the clock?

On November 11 Ester Barinaga, Professor in social entreprenurship, gave a talk on community currencies during an event hosted by Midroc during the conference Social Innovation Summit 2020. More info here.

How to be a change maker - The IKEA way of social sustainability

Did you miss our recent digital talk focusing on people, impact and sustainability? You can watch it on YouTube above. This was the panel:

  • Lisen Wirén, Programme Manager at the IKEA Social Entrepreneurship at Inter IKEA Group and alumni from Lund University School of Economics and Management
  • Caroline Wigren, Associate Professor and Senior Lecturer at Lund University School of Economics and Management
  • Harmke Lüken, Master's student in Innovation and Global Sustainable Development, member of Sustainable Future Hub's Student Network and moderator of the event

Call for cases: does your company or organisation want to review your sustainability strategy from a communication perspective?

Our students in strategic marketing can help with reviewing your brand strategy, finding a clear and unique position in the market, strengthening the customer relationship, doing an external analysis and future prospects or a digital marketing strategy. Contact Martina if you want to know more!

Interdisciplinary collaboration inspires to reflect on our economic systems

There is a new podcast episode and a blog post with our PhD student Juan Ocampo (who is alo part of the student network), about the values ​​of our current and future financial systems! Listen to the section here and read the blog post here.

Sustainable Future Hub’s student network

In our network of students, we act together on the sustainability challenges through competitive intelligence/strategic intelligence, reversed mentorship and cases from companies and organizations. The network consists of around 30 students at different levels with different academic backgrounds, from Lund University School of Economics and Management and other areas of Lund University.

Get to know the students who are currently part of our student network.

Other sustainability initiatives at Lund University

You can find more information about different research initiativs and collaboration at Lund University in the list below, which aims towards a sustainable development.

PRME-report 2018
The UN initiative The Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) was founded in 2007 as a platform to raise the sustainability profile of schools around the world. The initiative seeks to equip today’s business students with the knowledge and ability to deliver change for tomorrow. Through the PRME report, LUSEM shares information on its work and progress within ethics, responsibility and sustainability.

SUBREA Network (SUstainable Business, REporting and Assurance)
Susanne Arvidsson is the initiator and head of the SUBREA network. It was developed in order to create the best conditions for enabling a continued discussion between parties interested in different perspectives related to sustainable business, reporting and assurance. The SUBREA Network has over 100 members with a focus on sustainable business, including senior researchers, representatives from top management teams from a number of companies including Novo Nordisk, Volvo, SCA, Atlas Copco, IKEA, Telia Company, Tetra Pak, as well as from NGOs and representatives from the UN, EU, the Swedish Government.

SUBREA, The 1st SUBREA Conference Report: A focus on challenges and future knowledge needs (PDF)
This report will give you the background and inspiration to continue with the important task of transforming our organisations into being more sustainable and, thereby, contributing to the reaching of Agenda 2030.

SoPact is an innovation-promoting business at Lund University, the School of Social Work, based on the government's strategy for social enterprises where the aim is to create better conditions for social innovations to be developed and put to use in society. SoPact is funded through the support of Vinnova (Sweden’s Innovation Agency), Tillväxtverket (The Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth), Lund University, the School of Social Work on Campus Helsingborg and the City of Helsingborg.

Agenda 2030 Graduate School
As a step towards deepening society’s understanding for sustainability, Lund University has launched a Graduate School focusing exclusively on societal challenges, key sustainability issues and Agenda 2030.

Sustainability Forum
The Lund University Sustainability Forum is a university-wide umbrella organisation that ties together and supports research into climate, energy and sustainability being conducted across the university.

LU Futura
The university think-tank LU Futura works cross-scientifically with the pressing issues of the future by bringing together various fields of research at eight different faculties, creating a unique opportunity for studying tomorrow’s challenges from entirely new horizons.

LU Thematic Collaboration Initiative
The Lund University thematic collaboration initiative represents meeting points for knowledge and development within specific issue areas. The common touching-point for the various initiatives is the multi-disciplinary nature, involving several of our faculties as well as external collaborative partner from Sweden and the world.

List of experts in sustainability for business and economics

Are you looking for an expert in the climate or sustainability area? Lund University has a broad range of research in these areas. In the list below you will find some of our researchers in the field of sustainability. Press images of some of our researchers can be found in Lund University's image and media bank.

Fredrik NG Andersson
The effects of a transition to a carbon free economy, and the effect of economic crises on the economy
Associate Professor Department of Economics

Susanne Arvidsson
Sustainable organizations, sustainable business, sustainability accounting, reporting and assurance etc.
Associate professor at Department of Business Administration

Ester Barinaga
Social innovations and social entrepreneurship, alternative currencies, micro-finance
Professor at Department of Business Administration

Annette Cerne
Global gender equality, CSR, global sustainability, sustainable development
Senior lecturer, Department of Business Administration

Cristina Chaminade
Innovation and sustainable development, globalization of innovation
Professor at Department of Economic History

Ellen Hillbom
Agricultural development and transformation in Africa
Associate Professor, Department of Economic History

Magnus Jiborn
Environmental impact accounting, national carbon accounting, environmental impact and economic growth
Researcher, Department of Economic History

Astrid Kander
Interrelations of economic growth, innovations, energy and CO2 emissions
Professor at Department of Economic History

Alexander Paulsson
Degrowth, divesting
Senior lecturer at Department of Business Administration

Sofia Ulver 
Consumer culture, multicultural; consumption, advertising, marketing and social integration
Associate Professor and Senior lecturer, Department of Business Administration

Funded by Sparbanksstiftelsen Finn, owner of Sparbanken Skåne

Sustainable Future Hub becomes a reality through the investment of Sparbanken Skåne and Sparbanksstiftelsen Finn. In a first step, this is planned to extend over five years. Through the foundation, profit distribution from the bank can be invested in community development efforts.

We want to invest in a future that is good for both us and future generations. By working with other actors, we can increase our focus on sustainability issues together. Sustainability work is about a long-term approach to the outside world and a willingness to make a difference. It's a journey we want to be part of.

Katarina Andrén, CEO of Sparbanksstiftelsen Finn

Today, the sustainability perspective is an integral part of Sparbanken Skåne's operations, where the investment with the School of Economics and Management is an example. More about the bank and the foundations here.

We are working on Goal 17, you too? Let's collaborate!


Martina Oxling 
Project manager
Phone: +46 70 914 88 68

Martina Oxling

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