Graduate: economics degree (civilekonom) from Stockholm School of Economics 1971.

Post graduate: special student studies in Political Economy at Harvard University (with a grant from the Stockholm School of Economics) the academic year 1972-1973. My focus at Harvard was Industrial Organisation and Alternatives to Neo-classical Economics. I also worked with the local chapter of URPE - the union of radical political economy.

Doctor of Technology (Teknologie Dr) at the Royal Institute of Technology 1995 Diss. on the time pattern of environmental innovation

Professional experience:

1996 - Lecturer (lektor) in Enviro-innovation, Ecological Economics, Green Business, Mesoeconomics, Innovation systems etc. at the Mid-University (Mitthögskolan), Royal Institute of Technology, the Dala University, University College of Gaevle etc.

1995- 1996 Post-doc based at the Institute of Political Economy, Carleton University, Ontario, Canada. During my post-doc I lectured extensively on the dynamic of emerging enviro-industry networks and related themes. My aim was to establish dialogue relations with actors in the emerging networks as well as academics studying the fledgling tendencies. This brought me from MIT in Cambridge, Mass. in North-eastern US to University of Alberta, Edmonton in the Canadian West.

1987 — 1995 Research and teaching at the Dep't of Industrial Economics and Management  (Indec) at the Royal Institute of Technology. I lectured in Production and Work Organisation at the dep't. The combination of the managerial/technical perspective of Indec with my work environment interest led to joint research comparing Japanese production methods with the Volvo-Uddevalla concepts. (See publication with Berggren and Bjorkman). The aim of the thesis that I wrote there was to shed light on the socio-economic innovation process in general and more specifically on the environment innovation process. My cases, however, dealt only with innovations leading to substitution of toxic substances that harm work environments and/or the natural environment. In spite of this restriction as regards the empirical side of the thesis, my ambition was to present a model of the demand-shaping side of socio-economic innovations with wide applicability. The idea was that different actors in emerging international business networks could profit from an understanding of the dynamic of emerging networks, i.e. enviro-industry networks.

1985- 1995 Research at the Swedish Centre for Working Life. The research dealt with the possibilities for labour participation in the decisions of firms in research-intensive and globalised branches of industry. That research formed one starting point for my thesis. The aim was to understand what role new actors (i.e. unions and environmental groups) could play in innovations and in restructuring of industry. A number of case studies of innovations caused by ecological or work environment demands were analysed.

1978 -1985 Research and education at the Swedish Factory Workers Union. I worked with educational programs on industry structure analysis. The Swedish Factory Workers Union was a union for Chemical Workers etc. Special emphasis of that work was on the employment consequences of the globalization of the relevant industries.

1976 -1978 Research at the Swedish Secretariat for Future Studies in the project on Resources and Raw materials

1974 -1976 Research/Investigation (utredare/kanslisekreterare/expert) at  the Swedish Ministry of  Industry

Blue collar Work experience: 1973 -1974 Metal Worker at Sandvik AB in Stockholm

Experience of interdisciplinary work:

All my research since I worked at the Swedish Secretariat for Future Studies has been interdisciplinary. In 2003 and 2004 I gave talks on the subject "What I as an economist have learnt from my mother who was an anthropologist". The latter of the two talks was held at CID (Center for user oriented IT design) at the Royal Institute of Technology.

Several publications are based on interdisciplinary work, both between different social sciences and between social sciences and natural sciences. In some publications - such as my diss. - my strong interest in the humanities also becomes evident.

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