The international NTNU Sustainability Science Conference

New Research Strategy

From June 2017, NTNU Sustainability restructured its strategy. Until the end of 2018, the program will focus on four main areas of research:

A. Sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services
B. Transition towards a circular economy and sustainable production and consumption systems
C. Climate change mitigation
D. Transition towards smart sustainable cities and built environment

To secure strategic interdisciplinary collaboration, each of these main areas should combine elements of research across three interlinked dimensions:
– Research on innovative, methods solutions and technologies
– Research on modelling, analysis and environmental impact assessment
– Research on behavior and governance for realizing improvement potentials

Core partners

The new structure is organized through the following core partners

1. NTNU Smart Sustainable Cities Group
          – NTNU Wood
          – Zero Emission Neighborhoods
          – Research Centre for Architectural Conservation and Transformation 
2. Industrial Ecology Programme (IndEcol)
3. Centre for Sustainable Energy Studies (CenSES)
4. Biology cluster:
          – Center for Biodiversity Dynamics (CBD)
          – Environmental Toxicology group (ENVITOX) at Dept. of Biology
          – Ecology Group at Dept. of Biology
5. Centre for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (CeBES) at University Museum
6. Environmental behavior and governance cluster in Social sciences:
          – Consumption, Environment and Traffic group (CET) at Dept. of Psychology
          – Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development group at Dept. of Sociology and Political Science
          – Dept of Geography
          – Department of economics, NTNU Business School
7. Environmental behavior and governance cluster in the Humanities:
          – Programme for Applied Ethics
          – Center for Energy, Environment and Climate (CEEC) at Dept. of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture
8. Norwegian Manufacturing Research Centre at Dept. of Mechanical and Civil Engineering, NTNU Gjøvik
9. Research Group for Business Transitions to Sustainable Development, at the Centre for Service innovation, Entrepreneurship, NTNU Ålesund

Contact persons:

  • Anders Hammer Strømman (IndEcol)
  • Asgeir Tomasgaard (CenSES)
  • Ivar Herfindal (CBD)
  • Bjørn Munro Jenssen (ENVITOX)
  • Bente Jenssen Graae (Biology)
  • Reidar Andersen and Anders Finstad (CeBES)
  • Christian A. Klöckner (CET)
  • Jennifer Bailey (EESD)
  • May Thorseth (Applied Ethics)
  • Marianne Ryghaug and Marius Korsnes (CEES)
  • Siv Marina Flø Grimstad and Annik Magerholm Fet (NTNU Ålesund)
  • Annemie Wyckmans (SSC)
  • Lizheng Huang (NMRC)
  • Anders Skonhoft and Jon Olaf Olaussen (Dep of Economics, NTNU Business School)

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Knowledge for change

Overcoming the grand societal challenges of our time will require new thinking and new knowledge. That is our strategy. NTNU Sustainability is one of four strategic research areas at NTNU for the period 2014-2023. The programme brings together the best minds from a range of disciplines to create the knowledge needed by society to understand and change unsustainable patterns of behaviour and development. NTNU Sustainability aims to be an international leader. 

NTNU’s research on sustainable development of society includes environmental, economic and social aspects in the broadest sense. More information here.