Master’s in Innovation and Global Sustainable Development

MSc with a major in Innovation and Global Sustainable Development | 2 years | 120 credits

The Master’s Programme in Innovation and Global Sustainable Development enables you to pursue careers both at national and international institutions working on economic development and innovation, such as the European Union, OECD, World Bank, WTO, NGOs, governments and central banks, multinational companies and consulting firms.

In this programme, you will be provided with the theory, concepts and methods to analyse and better understand the role of innovation in economic, social and sustainable development from a historical perspective. The unique focus on spatial dynamics/economic geography and economic history enables you to gain insights into how the areas of development and innovation interplay, evolve and shape the economy in different regions and periods of time.

Innovation is fundamental in the process of economic, social and environmentally sustainable development. You will then be better equipped to understand and analyse the grand challenges such as; climate change, food security and poverty alleviation. Innovation is also about the diffusion and incremental changes that yield economic, social and environmental benefits for society.

During our first year, my class have been trying to understand the contemporary global economic inequalities by looking at the history, but we have also been trying to interpret how the history can help us shape the future. Political economy and the role of innovations have played a central role in our discussions of how one could achieve a sustainable future.

Frida Zahlander (Sweden)

About Frida

“I am a Swedish student who graduated from Lund University School of Economics in Management in 2018 with a Bachelor’s in Business and Economics. After graduation, I felt that sustainability and economic development didn’t get enough attention, and I felt the need to understand the structure of the system and the bigger picture rather than the development of individual companies.”

How is the programme?

“The name of my programme, Innovation and Global Sustainable Development, is fancy and it might be difficult to understand and interpret what it actually means. Therefore, I will make an attempt to describe what it has given me so far, but also the value I believe it will give me in the future.

During our first year, my class have been trying to understand the contemporary global economic inequalities by looking at the history, but we have also been trying to interpret how the history can help us shape the future. Political economy and the role of innovations have played a central role in our discussions of how one could achieve a sustainable future. During the second year, the programme will emphasize sustainability to a greater extent and will do so by incorporating environmental, social and economic sustainability. The workload during the first year has been reasonable, the assessment mostly through individual papers combined with group assignments and we have had on average 10 hours of lessons or seminars a week.

The programme has introduced me to classmates with the same interest as me. I am surrounded by students from all over the world who want to discuss the complexity of incorporating sustainability in economic development. In a small class of only 20 students, we represent nations from all over the world, and we value our different experiences and knowledge.”

You are in India for your thesis work. Tell us more!

“I am grateful that this programme has given me the opportunity to do a field study in India for my thesis. Thanks to the great international network that the professors teaching at the programme have, I went to Bangalore in India to conduct case studies with start-ups focusing on social innovations, or innovations improving the quality of life for disadvantaged people to briefly describe it. I would say that the professors are very welcoming and willing to assist you in most queries.”

Where do you see yourself in the future?

“Fortunately, the understanding of the urgency to incorporate sustainability in everything we do is continuously increasing in all occupations. Thus, this Master’s is valuable for so many different professions. However, when I graduate, I will most likely focus on the private sector where I’m interested in impact investments, start-ups believing in their social innovations or sustainability consulting. However, I’m also very interested in international politics and development work and I might therefore also aim for UN or field work for NGOs.”

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In this programme, you will learn the dynamics of both the macro- and microeconomics of innovation. You will get insights into how innovations are shaped by history in a path-dependent way as well as by the spatial context. You will learn about the linkages between innovation and capability-building, and economic, social and sustainable development over time and space.

The programme draws on frontline research in the field of economic geography, economics of innovation and economic history. Some of the key topics covered are innovation for sustainable development, economics of innovation and energy transitions.

Exchange opportunity with University of Geneva

Starting in the spring of 2020, LUSEM invites students enrolled in MSc Innovation and Global Sustainable Development to apply for an exchange at the University of Geneva during the second year of the programme. Selected students attend one semester at the Master’s in Innovation, Human Development and Sustainability, created in partnership with Tsinghua University, Beijing. This programme is part of a broader collaboration on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, including summer schools, executive training and an exchange programme, called the Geneva-Tsinghua Initiative (GTI). They might also take courses of the Master’s in Standardization, Social Regulation and Sustainable Development.

Double degree option with Aalborg University

If you are enrolled in this programme, you will have an opportunity to apply for  a double degree with Aalborg University. After completing the first year in Lund, you take your third semester (30 credits of course work) at Aalborg University and return back to Lund for the fourth and final semester of your programme. You apply in February, during your second semester.

The program is collaborating with Aalborg University, and their MSc in Innovation, Knowledge and Economic Dynamics.

Read more about this double degree opportunity

Next programme start

Late August 2020

Arrival day

TBA

Application deadline

15 January 2020

Duration

2 years, full time

Tuition fee

SEK 120 000 per year. EU/EAA citizens are not required to pay tuition fees.

One year option available

The full programme comprises two years of full-time studies, but there will be a provision to leave after one year with a MSc (60 ECTS credits).

Contact master@ekh.lu.se for more information about the one year option.