Vice Dean of Green Transition

Scaling up our green ambition and focus with the appointment of Hanne Harmsen as Vice Dean for Green Transition.



At the CBS Green Transition Initiative we are super excited, that our Green Transformation Lead now is appointed Vice Dean for Green Transition. By that, CBS express clear ambitions to enhance green transition efforts at the university.

”First, I like to deliver results with other people, and we already have plenty of brilliant research on green transition at CBS. Second, I enjoy working in somewhat atypical functions, where I have to support an entire organisation instead of working in an isolated part of it”, says Hanne Harmsen.

Uniting business and technology

Green transition is one of CBS’ strategic focus areas. With our long-standing tradition of strong and interdisciplinary research environments within finance, economics, marketing, management, innovation and strategy, CBS can play a significant part in national as well as international efforts to achieve a better climate.

”So far, the green transition debate has tended to focus on new technology, but we also need to focus on the social sciences side. For instance, CBS delivers knowledge on consumer behaviour, shopping behaviour and economic models to measure the impact of new initiatives. And we possess knowledge on how to lead an organisation facing green transition initiatives,” Hanne Harmsen points out.

She was appointed as Green Transformation Officer at CBS 18 months ago, and now she will be part of management, reporting to Søren Hvidkjær, Dean of Research.

”This new position shows that the green transition area has a great managerial focus at CBS, and it is an important joint task which affects research as well as education here. Together with many other employees, the vice dean is to pioneer the effort of bringing our green focus areas together to develop and display them and build bridges to companies, politicians and other research institutions,” says Søren Hvidkjær.

Do you have an idea for a green transition project or any questions related to this area? Please direct your inquiry at Hanne Harmsen at

The page was last edited by: Green Transition // 05/17/2022