Statement from the Director
"Business as usual" and continued growth built on consumption is no longer a possibility in a resource constrained world with an ever growing population.
Sustainable development is our time’s greatest challenge. It’s beyond doubt that human behavior has resulted in climate change, biodiversity loss, accelerated urbanization and income inequality. As natural scientists frame it, we are already living beyond our planetary means. Though our planet and its resources are finite, population growth estimates show increases of 2-3 billion people by 2050. Continued growth built on consumption and “business as usual” is thus no longer a possibility.
Researching and providing solutions to these sustainability stalemates involves understanding the many market actors, and how they influence and impact each other, towards a more sustainable future. This involves understanding the linkages between policymakers and their global and national institutions, investors and shareholders, businesses, civil society actors to name but a few. It also involves cross-disciplinary research at different levels of analysis; macro and micro level economics, for instance, organizational studies at the meso level or psychological studies at the individual level. Political science, sociology and legal sciences are particularly important to understand the linkages between policy and business, regulations and norms across regional and national boundaries.
We are delighted that Mistra has given us a significant support in establishing a new center of excellence at SSE. MISUM aims to be an arena for multi-stakeholder dialogues and a research-based knowledge platform for the necessary changes needed towards more sustainable markets. As such, we hope that important stakeholders will collaborate and define the research with us, along with utilize our results and relevant solutions. We look forward to meeting you.