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About the Team

The IIIEE Podcast celebrates its third season, and sees a new team contributing to the production of ‘Advancing Sustainable Solutions’: Steven Curtis, Katherine Shabb, and Frans Libertson.

The IIIEE Podcast was initiated in 2018 by PhD students Sofie Sandin and Steven Curtis. They recognised that much of the research conducted within academia is not accessible to the public. In part, this is because the research that is published is not easily understood by a lay audience, which is often only available to people and institutions that pay publishers to access this content. As such, Steven and Sofie sought to find a medium to communicate the ongoing research at the IIIEE in a way that was accessible and contextualised to a general audience interested in sustainability and the events at the IIIEE. 

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Steven Curtis

Returning for another season, Steven Curtis will serve as podcast co-host. Steven is a PhD student, researching sustainable consumption such as the sharing economy and the circular economy. His work explores sharing economy business models that actually contribute to improved sustainability outcomes. Steven is a graduate of the Environmental Management and Policy Master's Programme at the IIIEE (2015). He obtained his Bachelor of Science from Penn State in Environmental Meteorology (2011), with emphasis on the impact humans have on climate, air, and water.

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Katherine Shabb

Katherine Shabb is a PhD Student researching climate neutral cities and mission oriented governance. Prior to undertaking her PhD, Katherine worked as a climate change policy consultant for over 5 years at Ricardo Energy & Environment in the UK and EY in Beirut, Lebanon. She has a master’s degree from the University of Oxford in Nature, Society, and Environmental Policy and bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Connecticut College.

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Frans Libertson

Frans Libertson serves as production assistant. He is a PhD student, researching sustainable energy systems in general and smart grids in particular. His research aims at exploring the integration of smart grids into the Swedish energy system, as well as other flexible solutions for avoiding energy peaks, and to find productive strategies for facilitating transitions into sustainable energy systems. Frans is a graduate of the Lund University Master’s Programme in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science (2016). He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Business and Economics (2014). In addition, Frans has studied Sustainable Urban Planning at Malmö University (2019).