MISUM currently consists of seventeen researchers and administrative staff. Please see our short biographies below to get an overview of our research interests.
Acting Professor and Executive Director LinLerpold
Dr. Lin Lerpold is the Executive Director of the Mistra Center for Sustainable Markets (MISUM) and an Acting Professor at the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE). Lin has previously been the Associate Dean for SSE MBA programs and a Visiting Fellow at the LSE, Center for the Studies of Human Rights and Visiting Professor at INSEAD, Strategy Department. Lin teaches strategic corporate social responsibility and sustainability management in graduate level degree programs as well as in open executive education and internal corporate programs. Her research has been focused on new business models at the base of the pyramid, for instance, microfinance for poverty alleviation; social innovation, the ongoing corporatization of civil society; and on global supply chains and human rights. She’s recently been involved in an Indonesia project evaluating pro-poor employment diagnostics and has conducted fieldwork on mainland China and in South African mining projects and is currently focused on contextualizing a model of corporate responsibility and human rights interpretation linking institutional-, social capital-, and stakeholder theory. Before completing her PhD at the Institute of International Business at the SSE, Lin worked 10 years in corporate strategy in the international oil industry.
Professor and Research Manager Lars-Gunnar Mattsson
Lars-Gunnar Mattsson is Professor Emeritus at SSE. He served as professor at Linköping University and Uppsala University during the 1970s before returning to SSE in 1980. He has also also had visiting faculty appointments at EIASM in Brussels and University of California at Berkeley. His long-term research interest concerns inter-organizational structures and processes in markets with emphasis on distribution, internationalization and industrial marketing. During the 1970s his research on industrial markets and interaction with colleagues at Uppsala led to a network perspective on markets. Most of the research , widely published in journals and books (some 100 items) have concerned development and application of a markets-as-networks perspective on the dynamics of firms and markets. Present research deals with interaction between competition and cooperation, ICT based service innovations and effects of public policies on market practice. . Lars-Gunnar Mattsson is an Honrary Fellow of the European Marketing Academy and a Fellow European International Business Academy and of the Royal Swedish Academy for Engineering Sciences (IVA)
Associate Professor and Research Manager Joakim Sandberg
Joakim Sandberg is Research Manager at the Mistra Center for Sustainable Markets at Stockholm School of Economics. He is also Wallenberg Academy Fellow and Associate Professor of Practical Philosophy at University of Gothenburg, and Associate researcher at the Centre for European Research in Microfinance at Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management. Joakim holds a B.Sc. in business and economics (2003) and a Ph.D. in philosophy (2008). He does research in the intersections between moral and political philosophy and studies in business and economics. Much of his recent work has focused on how to get financial institutions such as banks and pension funds to take a stronger responsibility for the societal and environmental effects of their activities. Joakim has led, or participated in, research projects on sustainable investment, institutional investment and fiduciary duty, consumers’ attitudes towards responsible finance, microfinance, and the philosophy of responsible finance.
Professor and Research Manager Örjan Sjöberg
Dr Örjan Sjöberg is professor of economic geography at the Department of Economics, Stockholm School of Economics. He received his PhD in human geography from Uppsala University in 1991, but already in 1989 joined the Stockholm Institute of Soviet and East European Economics (the predecessor of today’s SITE) at SSE. Since then Örjan has held various positions both at SSE and several of its affiliated research institutes; currently, and alongside his teaching duties at the Dept. of Economics, he serves as a research manager at MISUM. Örjan is an editor of Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography, a member of the board of the Stockholm China Economic Research Institute and has considerable experience serving on multidisciplinary review panels on behalf of research councils in Sweden and beyond. Örjan’s research interests are grounded in institutional approaches and in his training in geography and economics, to which can be added a wide experience of working in multidisciplinary and area studies settings. Focusing on urban and regional change, and issues of development more generally, in addition to also taking an active interest in locations and phenomena closer to home he has extensive experience from field research and consultancies in the Baltic states, the Western Balkans, Central and Southeast Asia, China and Ethiopia.
Associate Professor and Research Manager Susanne Sweet
Susanne Sweet is an Associate Professor at Stockholm School of Economics and a research manager at Mistra Center for Sustainable Markets. Her research cover a broad range of topics on corporate sustainability and responsibility. Her PhD thesis from year 2000 looked at various industries transformation towards improved environmental practices as a result of the Montreal Protocol, a UN treaty regulating the use of chemicals that were harmful to the ozone layer. In 2004 she, together with three doctoral students, founded Sustainability Research Group, SuRe, that in 2007 received the Globe Award for "For an outstanding and tangible research in the field of CSR." Susanne is currently on the management team and conducts research in a large cross-disciplinary research program on sustainable fashion, Mistra Future Fashion, aiming to a systemic change of the Swedish fashion industry leading to sustainable development of the industry and wider society. She is also doing research on the CSR related concept of community engagement and is performing studies on the mining industry in South Africa, Sweden and Australia in cooperation with Dr. Rebecca Lawrence, Department of Sociology, Stockholm University and Dr. Håkan Tarras-Wahlberg, SuRe-affiliated researcher. She is also a member and co-founding partner of NCCR, Nordic Centre for Corporate Responsibility, who jointly conducts research with a Nordic focus. She is on the editorial board of the journal Business Strategy and the Environment and appears as a reviewer in leading sustainability journals. She was a member of the Reference Group for CSR, Globalt Ansvar, Foreign Ministry Sweden (2008-2012), she is a board member the SSE Research Board, a former board member of the Greening of Industry Network and on the Academic Advisory Board of Sparbanksakademin.As part of her interest connecting research and practice she has been co-organizing several conferences and workshops on CSR and sustainability, for example, ”Sustainable Business in a Sustainable World” in 2012 (with SEI, SRC & af Jochnick foundation), “Climate Change – Business Opportunities” 2008 (with IFL & Mistra).
Associate Professor Ebba Sjögren
Ebba Sjögren joined the Department of Accounting in 2009. She defended her PhD in 2006 (SSE, Department of Management & Organization) and was conferred the title of docent (Associate Professor, untenured) in 2011. She is currently working with Associate Professor Karin Svedberg-Helgesson (SSE) and Professor Ulrika Mörth (Stockholm University) on a project funded by the Ragnar Söderberg Foundation which investigates how the template of the "risk-based approach" to anti-money laundering translates into practice in three industries: financial services, audit and law. In a second project, funded by the Swedish Research Council/Vetenskapsrådet (2015-2017), she is collaborating with Assistant Professors Anja Hjelström and Tomas Hjelström (SSE) in studying the decision usefulness of financial reporting information from a user perspective. This research has also been supported by the Swedish Enterprise Accounting Group within the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise. For a recent report see here. Ebba Sjögren sits on the Board of Editors of the journal Valuation Studies and is an Alternate member of the Swedish Better Regulation Council (Regelrådet). She is a former Jan Wallander post-doctoral fellow (2007-2010) and board member of the academic think tank Leading Health Care (2010-2012).
Dr. Svenne Junker, Mistra Fellow
In April 2014 Svenne Junker defended his thesis on decision-making in EU-agencies. Based on the research he was awarded the Jan Wallander scholarship for three years full-time studies. His current research is focused on the work of aligning policies for a low-carbon economy in core executives of states and in transnational organizations such as EU and OECD. He plans to conduct empirical studies of the OECD in Paris during 2016. Further he is involved in a study of medialization in large public companies in Sweden together with Associate Professor Maria Grafström and Dr. Karolina Windell. This project is funded by Handelsbanken and located at Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research, Score. Recurrently he lectures in EU policy-making and public administration within master’s program in Political Science at Stockholm University and Södertörn University. He formerly worked as policy officer and EU expert at Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (Naturskyddsföreningen).
Serafim Agrogiannis holds a B.Sc. in Supply Chain Management, an MBA with specialization in Accounting and Auditing and a M.Sc. in Project Management and Operational Development. His research interests relate to strategic corporate responsibility, sustainable supply chain management and the potential of internal auditing in promoting sustainability intra-organizationally and across value chains in first and second tier suppliers. Corporate governance and risk management are also areas where the researcher is strongly interested, in specific in fostering the effectuation of sustainability objectives to realize extended accountability to involved stakeholders. His priority revolves around coupling academic research with a strong practice oriented approach. He has been a visiting lecturer in the Master of General Management Program in CSR and Sustainable Supply Chain Management. Prior to joining SSE, Serafim was engaged in both the public and private sectors. He has 11 years of working experience in the business areas of internal and external auditing and supply chain management where he also engaged with the development and implementation of sustainability issues on organizational (strategic and operational) and buyer-supplier relationships levels.
Sofia Altafi is a doctoral student at the Stockholm School of Economics under the Department of Marketing and Strategy. Her doctoral project is a longitudinal study of evaluation practices in the Indian microfinance sector.
Prior to enrolling in the PhD programme, she worked in the development field in India and South Africa for the NGO Hand in Hand. She has also worked with projects and has done internships with the International Council of Swedish Industry, the Delegation of the European Commission to the UN, and the UNDP in Azerbaijan.
Enrico holds a BA in Business Administration from Bocconi University, a MSc CEMS in International Management from UCD Dublin and an MBA in Management & Finance from McGill University.
He is currently holding a position as PhD student at SSE, the Stockholm School of Economics. His main research topics include suppliers' network in the apparel industry, sustainable value chains, impact investing and CSR, to name a few. He is particularly curious about the relationships among international apparel organizations and Asian suppliers.
Within SSE, Enrico is a fellow member of the European Institute of Japanese studies, the Marketing and Strategy department as well as MISUM.
Before embarking on his PhD studies in Sweden, Enrico worked full-time for MaxMara Fashion Group, an Italian Fashion House. He spent 3 years working for the European market and 3 years in Tokyo, Japan. He also spent 3 months as retail intern at Unicredit Banking Group in Berlin, Germany.
During his work at MaxMara he covered the positions of Sales Area Manager for franchising clients in Europe and Central Asia. He was Retail Specialist, Analyst and E-commerce Project Manager in Japan.
Marijane Luistro Jonsson
Marijane Luistro Jonsson is a PhD candidate at the Stockholm School of Economics, and a member of SuRe and MISUM. Her research interest covers the behavioral dimensions of sustainable development. Marijane’s thesis is about cooperation in the face of disaster, using a series of behavioral lab experiments conducted in Sweden, South Africa and the Philippines. The study particularly focuses on conditionality, effects of different types of uncertainties and inequality. Other research interests are in the area of charitable giving, and the resiliency of norms and business-in-development collaborations.
Marijane completed her Masters in Development Studies at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, her Masters in Business Administration at Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines, and her Masters in Environmental Management and Accounting at Stockholm University. Originally from the Philippines, Marijane has been living in Stockholm since 2000 and has done work internships and projects with the Swedish Ministry of Environment, SIDA, and NUTEK. Currently, she is a visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania and at Max Planck Institute.
Clara My Lernborg
Clara My Lernborg is a PhD student in Business Administration at the Stockholm School of Economics. Her research interests are in market-based private and public-sector collaborations, CSR and sustainability, social entrepreneurship, Base-of-Pyramid, non-profit organisations, governance and public policy.
Her research focuses particularly on market-based collaborations and their potential as a sustainable governance mechanism. In particular, she is interested in their inherent potential for innovation and contribution to sustainable markets. She has recently presented work on this subject at the ABIS Colloquium at Cambridge University (December 2014).
Clara My is an alumnus from Stockholm School of Economics, with a M.Sc. in Business Administration, specialization in Marketing and Strategy. She has previously worked in both the public and private sector in sustainability and development-related ventures.
Jennie Perzon is a PhD student at the Mistra Center for Sustainable Development (MISUM) at the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE). She holds a Master of Business Law and a Master of Business Administration from Bond University and an MSc from University of Southern California.
Her 15 years as a management consultant at Accenture includes both global and local projects within the area of corporate citizenship and sustainability. Inspired by the work with both NGOs and multinational corporations she developed an interest in multi stakeholder collaboration, inclusive business models and shared value concepts. With a particular focus on social sustainability and the global skills gap her research will focus on cross sector collaboration models for sustainable change in developing economies.
Tina Sendlhofer joined the Mistra Center for Sustainable Development (MISUM) as a PhD candidate in September 2014. She completed her Bachelor’s degree at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration (WU) and her Master’s degree at University of Brighton. Tina can refer to a broadly-based knowledge in business administration subjects, ranging from financial markets to corporate social responsibility.
After graduating, she has worked as an international management trainee for a large Dutch cooperation. Among many other tasks, she was assigned to develop a global sustainability strategy for a multinational company, operating in over 60 countries as well as successfully launched a new testing standard for sustainable textiles. These practical insights propelled even more her passion for sustainability.
Tina is a member of the research program, Mistra Future Fashion. The program targets at delivering insights and solutions for the Swedish fashion industry and other stakeholders to significantly improve the environmental performance and strengthen global competitiveness. Specifically, Tina’s research interest focuses on various aspects of improving sustainability across supply chains of Swedish fashion brands. Furthermore, her interests involve circular textile flows, slow fashion and market-based initiatives in the fashion system from a network perspective.
Ingrid Stigzelius is a PhD candidate at the Stockholm School of Economics within the Mistra Center for Sustainable Markets (MISUM).Her PhD-thesis deals with the shaping of ‘green’ markets and consumers in everyday food practices. The thesis is based on case studies of consumers’ various efforts to ‘do green’ in areas of food production, exchange, cooking and waste.
Ingrid also holds a Licentiate degree from the Department of Economics at SLU in Uppsala. As part of this degree she conducted case studies in Indian garment manufacturing and Swedish food catering with a focus on the implementation of social and environmental standards. Moreover, Ingrid has given several lectures on the topic of sustainable consumption and Corporate Responsibility (CR). She has a background within civil society organizations, including an internship at Fair Trade Center in addition to being an elected member of the boards in for example the Fair Trade Shop Globalen and Fair Trade Center.
Administrative Assistant and B.Sc. Student
Elin Hunger is the Administrative Assistant at MISUM, and is currently studying the second year at the B.Sc. program at Stockholm School of Economics.
Previously, Elin studied two years at Uppsala University at the Centre for Gender Research and her bachelor thesis – Abort/Motstånd – is a discourse analysis of textual issued by two major actors in the Swedish anti-abortion movement.
Elin is also President of the Feminist Society at the Student Association (SASSE) and co-founded the Gender Studies Association at Uppsala University. Additionally, Elin has an interest in photography as well as travelling and a few of her images are present on MISUM’s homepage.
Eleonora Lotti is the center administrator for MISUM.
She earned her Bachelor and Master Degrees in Theoretical Philosophy at the University of Florence. Being passionate about the philosophy of mind, she wrote her master thesis on mental illnesses after a four months field research in a psychiatric hospital.
Moreover, she holds a Master in Marketing and Communication from Bocconi University, Milan.
Before moving to Stockholm, Eleonora worked for almost 4 years at Candy Hoover Group, an Italian multinational firm that produces household appliances, taking the following roles: trade marketing analyst, marketing specialist and finally, product manager.
She enjoys living “metropolitanly”, in big cities where opportunities for everyone are seized every day, and she loves listening to people telling their own special stories!
Communication Manager, Board Secretary and PhD Candidate
Erik Wikberg is the Communication Manager of MISUM since January, 2015. He is also the Board Secretary of MISUM since February, 2014, and a PhD Student in Business Administration at Stockholm School of Economics.
Erik Wikberg holds a MSc in Economics and Business from Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) and has been a visiting doctoral student at Copenhagen Business School (CBS) and a Research Assistant at Stockholm Center for Organizational Research (SCORE). He has a background in management consulting and has worked for various companies and organization in the private and public sector, in Sweden and in China. The empirical contexts of his research have often been international and his dissertation will be based on case studies from e.g. Beijing, London, Paris, Stockholm and New York.
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