Sustainability and research


LUSEM is a research-driven business school and we have 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 – serves 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 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, we stimulate boundary-crossing collaboration and encourage early-stage research ideas, which we believe have the potential to open up new research frontiers. This is why we support collaborative, interdisciplinary groups with members who endeavour to learn from each other.

LUSEM has been involved in a number of initiatives at the Pufendorf Institute, a current example being the “Resourcification” project, departing from the contention that with such increasing competition, people and organizations will turn an increasing amount of material as well as immaterial things into resources – a process that is labelled resourcification. This will have major consequences for social and natural worlds. To contribute to an understanding of the nature and scope of these consequences, the theme investigates processes of defining, producing, exploiting, utilising, managing and stewarding resources. The Theme is structured around an interdisciplinary case selection according to relevant and ongoing processes of resourcification: Waste, The Precariat and The Convention on Biological Diversity. Each case ref lects the complexity of social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability, although with different aspects for each case.

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. Obviously, 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.

  • Social entreprenurship, grassroot innovation and community currencies
  • Research on climate and decorbanisation
  • Sustainable finance
  • Entrepreneurial research related to ethics, responsibility and sustainability 
  • Policy analysis following the Covid-19 outbreak.

Read the PRME report pages 14 through 19 for more information on sustainability and research

Last published: 2022-08-11