Category: Science & technology

Digital solutions to minimize food waste

Food waste is a major challenge for society. In Sweden alone, we throw away 1.2 million tons of food every year, most of which is unnecessary. What can we do to reduce it? What is the role of packaging? Can digitalization contribute to reducing food waste? What trends do researchers...

A justice perspective on energy

As many countries around the world have started an energy transition from fossil fuel to more sustainable renewable energy sources, a group of researchers at the Pufendorf Institute for Advanced Studies are exploring the justice dimensions of energy systems and transitions. The group – which brings together researchers from fields...

Who wants to live in smart cities?

Chronicle by Jamil Khan Associate Professor of Environmental and Energy Systems, Lund University “A smart city is a city with open senses. With its sensors it can see, hear, feel, smell and taste digital information that contributes to a more considerate, efficient, safe and sustainable society.” This may sound as...

Back to school to conduct research on sustainability

“Sustainability is a long-term issue. A journey, rather than a goal. You can always take steps along the way – but the work is never done. It is about continuous improvement”, says Erik Lindroth, Environment Director at Tetra Pak and now also new doctoral student at the School of Economics...

What is the link between sustainability and mindfulness?

“Sustainability is often studied from a large-scale, political or institutional perspective. I was interested in looking at sustainability from the other end, how individual inner transition could impact on global sustainability”, says Professor Christine Wamsler from the Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies. This interest led her to conduct a...

From animal feed to protein-rich breakfast food

The disposal or combustion of leftover crops or edible products that have not been sold is a waste of the Earth’s resources. It is also bad economics for farmers. A circular economy in agriculture means utilising the value of a product or raw material by, for example, turning it into...

Increasing energy efficiency while focusing on people

We want good air quality and a pleasant temperature in our homes, as well as a bright and quiet environment. We also want to avoid using too much energy and too many resources. How can we balance that equation when renovating buildings to save energy? And how do people affect...

LENA NEIJ was recently appointed to the Government’s strategic cooperation group for smart cities.

Collaboration is key to the smart sustainable cities of the future

Climate change, a growing population and increased urbanisation place great demands on our cities. Meeting these challenges requires collaboration to develop smart cities. But what does a smart city really mean and how do we create one? A smart city is a sustainable city. A city in which people want...

How do we achieve global goals for sustainable development in practice?

The global Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the United Nations (UN) in 2015 point towards a new way of working with development issues. In their research, Magdalena Bexell and Kristina Jönsson from the Department of Political Science at Lund University are studying issues concerning responsibility and legitimacy that arise as...