About

Hello, and thanks for visiting my website! I aim to make academic research in the area of sustainability more widely accessible and share a few of my own thoughts!

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What I do

  • Professor at Lund University, IIIEE in Sustainable Business Management and Practice
  • Associate Professor at TU Delft, Industrial Design Engineering
  • Fellow at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)
  • Advisor to a number of organisations (large and small) on sustainable business models

Background

I am Professor at Lund University, IIIEE in Sustainable Business Management and Practice, and Associate Professor at TU Delft. I am also Fellow at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL).

I hold a PhD from the University for Cambridge, Department of Engineering, which was funded by Unilever, and an MSc in International Business (Maastricht School of Business and Economics), and conducted a master’s programme in economics and management at the Sorbonne, Paris.  For my PhD with the Low Carbon Materials Processing Group (now Use Less Group) I investigated how consumer goods manufacturers such as Unilever, who funded the work, can reduce their product life cycle carbon footprint. For this, I developed and tested tools to help expand and evaluate corporate portfolios of eco-innovative ideas, and developed eco-innovative strategies for future action.

Previously, I worked as a research assistant on the project: “Well Dressed – The present and future sustainability of clothing and textiles in the United Kingdom”, which was funded by Biffa and M&S. The report proposed a range of future opportunities to improve the sustainability of the textiles and clothing industry.

For the Centre for Industrial Sustainability at Cambridge, I was working in close collaboration with other academic institutes, industry, NGO’s and policy makers to find ways to help the industrial system become more sustainable on the short and longer-term. One of my projects was project REDRESS with M&S about innovation to drive garment recovery and retain the value of clothes over time.

In my role at Lund University IIIEE I am developing a research group in the field of sustainable business aiming to bridge theory and practice in the fields of sustainable business (model) innovation and design, as well as sustainable consumption and circular economy. The aim is to guide the transition to a low resource and resilient economy.

For the EU projects RESCOM and ERN at TU Delft, two collaborative research consortia, I have been looking into design, supply chains and new business models for a closed loop economy. For project CIRCUIT – a H2020 Marie Curie Innovative Training Network – we are exploring different aspects of Circular Business Models (e.g. sustainable consumption, design, technology).

As part of my Fellowship role at CISL, I act as a tutor, supervisor and speaker on executive programmes in sustainability leadership.

In 2013, I spent some time in the Bay area to investigate how sustainable start-ups might achieve scale, followed by a visiting Fellowship at Yale University, where I was teaching and doing research at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and running workshops for entrepreneurial initiatives such as the Sabin Prize and the Thorne Prize for Social Innovation in Health at Yale.

Before, I worked for DHL, Accenture and ING. I’ve always demonstrated a great interest in how sustainability may be embedded in business practices. Through my work I regularly advise and works with delegates from a wide range of FTSE 100 companies and start-ups.

Research interests

My research interests include: sustainable business models, sustainable consumption, closed loop economy, eco-innovation and -ideation, systems change and closing the idea-action gap in sustainability for instance through business experimentation.