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The School's research relates to sustainability in a broad sense, including ecological, economic and social perspectives.
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Sustainable development in research

The School of Business, Economics and Law's activities will contribute to a positive development of society and our ambition is to become an international leader in sustainability. The tradition of educating and researching issues related to sustainability goes back a long way and today the School of Business, Economics and Law has research related to all the global goals in Agenda 2030.

Contribute to the advancement of society

The School’s research and education have a clear purpose: to make an impact and thus contribute to the advancement of society at large. The school should be at the international forefront of integrating sustainable development in education and of producing research that can inform policy-makers and businesses in their handling of societal challenges.

These challenges should be analysed with the most appropriate academic tools available, which often involve cross-disciplinary approaches. Thus, we consider it to be important assets that our School includes a broad set of academic disciplines and that we constitute a part of a comprehensive university.

The School's research from a sustainability perspective

The School should act on problems facing the world today, whether it is environmental degradation, migratory flows, social exclusion, the stress of an ageing population on the public budget, the vulnerability of political and financial systems, the distribution and redistribution of resources, or fundamental structural changes accruing from technological development.

In autumn 2018, the School drew up an inventory of all its research, based on its relevance to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals in the 2030 Agenda. The inventory shows that the School has research relating to all of the Global Goals.

A figure showing the maping of the School's research related to the Global Goals
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Role model in UN-supported sustainability initiative

The School of Business, Economics and Law has been appointed member of the international programme “PRME Champions 2020-2021”, organised by the UN initiative Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME). For two years, the School will work toghether with the other participants to develop business education and support initiatives that promote the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in the UN's Agenda 2030.

Read more about PRME Champions