What we do
Misum draws on research collaborations both nationally and internationally and aims to be a national center of excellence embedded in an international context.
Research is organized around three platforms:
- Human Capital and Sustainable Development
- Sustainable Business Development through Entrepreneurship and Innovation
- Accounting Frameworks
and the cross-platform initiative on Sustainable Finance.
To ensure international and business relevancy, Misum features an international board with members drawn from both academia and the business community.
Misum's mission is threefold. Firstly we conduct multi-disciplinary research that is both scientifically rigorous and practitioner relevant. Secondly, we have the mission to educate our students and equip them with tools to be able to understand and act upon our time's most pressing challenges. Finally, of priority for all that we do at Misum is cross-sectional collaboration and industry outreach.
Misum is a cosmopolitan mix of researchers from all departments of the school, and the 'headquarter' supporting our Executive Director Martina Björkman Nyqvist: Administrative Director Elizabeth Barratt, our Director of Stakeholder Engagement and Communications, Maya Rebermark, the coordinator of UN PRME and the Global Challenges program, Maria Perrotta Berlin, and the research project manager Johanna Klatt. We represent 13 different countries and together we speak 23 languages: Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Greek, Hindi, Japanese, Filipino, Urdu, Punjabi, Oriya, Bengali and Afrikaans, Arabic, Farsi, Kurdish, Nepali and Russian.
A collaboration with Mistra and other research foundations
Misum is mostly funded by Mistra (the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research). Mistra has invested SEK 120 million over a ten-year period to establish a profound sustainability center at SSE. Misum also hosts projects funded by, for instance, Vinnova, The Swedish Research Council and Formas.
A cross-disciplinary center of excellence
The aim of Misum, launched in January 2015 with Lin Lerpold as Executive Director, is to create a world-class, cross-disciplinary center of excellence that will enhance the understanding of, and create new insights into, sustainable markets. It functions as a platform and meeting place for many kinds of actors both national and international: academics, practitioners, firms and other organizations. Misum’s mission also includes providing expert advice to political leaders and policy developers, and collaborating with other research centers.