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For decades, the School of Business, Economics and Law has performed research into what is now known as CSR and sustainable development. The research is characterized by a cross disciplinary approach. The School's affiliation with the University of Gothenburg and its close proximity to Chalmers University of Technology as well as a solid international network benefits research within sustainability. Collaboration with colleagues, nationally as well as internationally, working within e.g. natural science, medicine, technology and the social sciences increases possibilities for the School's researchers to contribute to the solutions as well as understanding the complex and global links between the environment, business, politics and poverty/prosperity.

As an academic institution the School has a responsibility and research has a great impact on societal development. The research plays an important role in transforming the society in to a more sustainable one and challenge current attitudes and mindsets of the future generations. A number of researchers contribute to the society as they focus on policy input as well as function as experts. An example is the School’s Vice Dean who is a member of the Minister for the Environment’s preparatory committee for environmental research.

The School’s research should be characterized by a large degree of relevance, focusing on important problems, including policy advice in order to strengthen the society.. In order to improve the School is emphasizing on collaboration between researchers from the School and international researchers. The School’ Visiting Professor Program is one initiative, another one is the unit for Environmental Economics’ initiative “The Environment for Development” ( EfD) where the objective is to support poverty alleviation and sustainable development through the increased use of environmental economics in the policy making process. EfD is a collaboration with fellow researchers in Central America, China, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa and Tanzania. The unit also runs a Ph.D program financed by the Swedish Development Cooperation Agency, so far more than 150 Ph.D. students from developing countries have taken their degree in environmental economics. In Development Economics current research focus on Growth and Macro, Globalization issues, Industrial Development, Poverty and Income Distribution and Labour Markets.

Logistics is another research area which focuses on sustainability and is active in the Lighthouse, a multidisciplinary maritime competence and research centre initiated by Chalmers, the School and the Swedish Shipowners’ Association. The aim is to make shipping more efficient, safer and more environmentally friendly as well as to ensure that Swedish shipping continues to be competitive. There are also research projects like” Sustainable Logistics”, with primary focus on operational efficiency and environmental sustainability within the field of transport related logistics. The Centre for Business in Society (CBiS) is an interdisciplinary research centre with focus on environmental and social issues integration in companies’ strategic and operational processes. Moreover, there is research within Sustainable Management, Sustainable Marketing, Sustainable Consumption and Business Ethics.

Within Law a number of the researchers adress how to create legal structures and instruments to support sustainable development and environmental policies, trade with carbon dioxide emission within the EU and the protection and preservation of sea- and coastal areas. There is also a focus on climate change, water, coastal and marine protection and methodologies for environmental legislation. Researchers are involved in the Swedish Institute for the Marine Environment which is a national data centre for interdisciplinary analysis and synthesis which on the government’s behalf provides a coherent description of the environmental status of the seas around Sweden.

In the fields of human and economic geography current research projects include sustainable urban transportation and gender and commuting. Other ongoing research focus on management of land and water use in urban and rural environments, public participation in the planning processes of urban planning, and drivers of land use change and land use conflicts.
 

 

Page Manager: Maria Norrström|Last update: 3/22/2013
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