Sustainable development at LUSEM

Sustainable Future Hub

At the centre of LUSEM’s ambition to contribute to a more sustainable society sits the Sustainable Future Hub. By bringing together LUSEM’s broad network within the business, student and academic communities, the School seeks to find new perspectives and solutions to today’s collective sustainability challenges and thus create positive change for people, society and the environment.

We act on sustainability issues together!

The LUSEM vision is to make a difference by being a world-class business school that works to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition. Deeply rooted in this vision is the recognition that the big questions and problems we face today can only be solved through collaboration, where different perspectives are allowed to meet and be challenged.

Sustainability represents many of the greatest challenges of our time, which neither the individual, society nor country may solve single-handedly. Instead, they demand collective, global action and an openness and willingness to try new ideas and methods.

In response to this, LUSEM have established the Sustainable Future Hub with the explicit purpose to gather some of society’s most important actors in a concerted pursuit towards a more sustainable future.

Within the Sustainable Future Hub corporate leaders, students and researches meet regularly on equal terms to listen to, be inspired by and collaborate with each other to test new perspectives and solutions to today’s sustainability issues.

By taking advantage of LUSEM’s unique access to the resourcefulness of business, the passionate drive of students and the insightfulness of academia, the Sustainable Future Hub represents an important voice and positive force within the contemporary sustainability debate.

News on sustainability

Blogpost on financial inclusion and the SDGs by Juan Ocampo, PhD student from LUSEM and Agenda 2030 Graduate School from 4 November:

Previous activities

How can I get involved?

If you are interested in the Sustainable Future Hub and want to participate in our activities, please contact Martina Oxling, project manager at Sustainable Future Hub:

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

Jens Hultman
Etail e-commerce, retail sustainability issues, global sourcing development and industrial marketing and purchasing
Associate Professor in Marketing, Department of Business Administration

Johan Jansson
Sustainable consumtion, consumer behavior, green marketing, sustainable transportation
Associate senior lecturer and Associate Professor, Department of Business Administration

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 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 at

We are working on Goal 17, do you want to join us?


Martina Oxling
Project manager, Sustainable Future Hub
Phone: +46 709-14 88 68

Cecilia Arkestad 
Managing Director, LUSEM’s Corporate Partnership Foundation
Phone: +46 46 222 09 51
Room: EC2:249

Susanne Arvidsson
Associate professor, senior lecturer
Phone: +46 46 222 79 81
Room: Alfa1:3109

Susanne Arvidsson

Read the interview with project manager Martina Oxling in the latest LUM!

Full interview here.

Last published: 2019-12-11