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About the Centre for Retail Research

An interdisciplinary centre of excellence in retail research. Founded in 2014, we are a platform for researchers from a range of disciplines, including ethnology, engineering and logistics, marketing and management.

The centre has around 60 affiliated researchers, including international guest researchers, and numerous affiliated projects. Seminars and workshops are arranged regularly for both researchers and practitioners with an interest in retail and the Centre's researchers are regularly featured in news stories about the growth and development of the retail sector in Sweden and internationally.

The retail sector is one of Sweden’s largest employers and is an important part of the economy as a whole and people’s everyday lives. A large portion of consumer income is spent in the retail sector. At the same time the international retail environment is ever changing and this poses new challenges for the retail sector, including its companies, employees and consumers. The question of sustainability and other future-focused issues are extremely salient and the Centre works actively with these on many fronts.

The Centre for Retail Research is dedicated to providing retail professionals with access to excellent, cutting edge retail research. We do this via newsletters, think-pieces published on our blog under the title Centrum kommenterar, and regular workshops both online and face-to-face.

  • Be a platform for researchers and practitioners with an interest in retail research.
  • Strengthen and stimulate retail research nationally and internationally.
  • Be a focal point for knowledge transfer between academia and the retail industry.
  • Support existing and new retail research and education at Lund University.

The Centre was founded with financial support from the Swedish Retail and Wholesale Development Council in March 2014. When our initial five-year funding (of 5 million Swedish crowns per year) expired, the Centre transitioned to a new finance model of around 1 million Swedish crowns per year (from Lund University and the Hakon Swenson foundation, among others). 

  • Johan Anselmsson
  • Britt Aronsson
  • Devrim Umut Aslan
  • Jon Bertilsson
  • Cecilia Cassinger
  • Javier Cenamor
  • Annette Cerne
  • Pernilla Derwik
  • Ida de Wit Sandström
  • Ulf Elg
  • Ebba Eriksson Ahre
  • Lena Eskilsson
  • Cecilia Fredriksson
  • Christian Fuentes
  • Kerstin Gidlöf
  • Clara Gustafsson
  • Nils Holmberg
  • Farrukh Javed
  • Joakim Kembro
  • Stefan Larsson
  • Matthias Lehner
  • Rui Liu
  • Micol Mieli
  • Jonas Nordström
  • Andreas Norrman
  • Annika Olsson
  • John Olsson
  • Henrik Pålsson
  • Hossain Shahriar
  • Henrik Sternberg
  • Anette Svingstedt
  • Veronika Tarnovskaya
  • Ola Thufvesson 
  • Burak Tunca
  • Sofia Ulver
  • Yulia Vakulenko
  • Annika Wallin
  • Philip Warkander
  • Erik Wengström

  • Prahalad Kashyap Haresamudram
  • Réka Ines Tölg
  • Marcus Klasson
  • Annabell Merkel
  • Monica Mora Chaves
  • Carin Rehncrona
  • Patrik Stoopendahl
  • Jörgen Wettbo

  • Heleen Buldeo Rai
  • Arno de Caigny
  • Katherine Casey
  • Jack Waverley
  • Katherine Duffy
  • Ashleigh Logan-McFarlane
  • George Maglaras
  • Jens Nordfält
  • Eleonora Pantano
  • Francesca Serravalle

Celebrating 10 years of retail research

In 2024 the Centre for Retail Research turns ten years old. We celebrated this milestone with a celebration at which Ulf Johansson, the Centre's director, reflected on some of our achievements.

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Leadership team

Ulf Johansson, Director

Business Administration
Tel: 0705 227 374
ulf [dot] johansson [at] fek [dot] lu [dot] se (ulf[dot]johansson[at]fek[dot]lu[dot]se)

Kristina Bäckström

Senior lecturer
Service Studies
Tel: 042 35 66 48
kristina [dot] backstrom [at] ism [dot] lu [dot] se (kristina[dot]backstrom[at]ism[dot]lu[dot]se)

Carys Egan-Wyer

Senior lecturer
Business Administration
Tel: 046 222 4775
carys [dot] egan-wyer [at] fek [dot] lu [dot] se (carys[dot]egan-wyer[at]fek[dot]lu[dot]se)

Daniel Hellström

Senior lecturer
Packaging Logistics
Tel: 046 222 7230
daniel [dot] hellstrom [at] plog [dot] lth [dot] se (daniel[dot]hellstrom[at]plog[dot]lth[dot]se)

Klas Hjort

Senior lecturer
Packaging Logistics
Tel: 046 222 4041
klas [dot] hjort [at] plog [dot] lth [dot] se (klas[dot]hjort[at]plog[dot]lth[dot]se)

Emma Samsioe

Associate senior lecturer
Service Studies
Tel: 042 35 66 67
emma [dot] samsioe [at] ism [dot] lu [dot] se