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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, Karolina Södergren, and Frans Libertson.


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.


In addition, Karolina Södergren is PhD student, researching multi-actor collaboration in the circular economy through the application of industrial symbiosis. Her research is centered on the role of different (public and private) organizations in achieving smart energy and resource flows. Prior to her PhD, Karolina worked for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) on corporate sustainability related issues linked to food systems, inclusive business, climate and energy. She also worked with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) on European environmental policy and education for sustainable development. Karolina is a graduate of the International Public Policy Analysis Master’s Programme at Bath University (2013). She obtained her Bachelor of Science from Göteborg University in Global Studies and Environmental International Relations (2012).


Finally, 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). 


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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