The CBS Sustainability centre has a multi-disciplinary approach for conducting research. Below are listed some of the current projects by the centre's members.

CBS Sustainability Research

NEPSUS Project doing fieldwork in Tanzania
Walking the Line Project - Fieldwork at Sylab, Denmark
C-BIG Team meets Cass Sunstein
Smart Building Business Models Cluster meeting in Copenhagen
smart_building.png Project doing fieldwork in Kenya
Rambøll Project - Building Green Conference 2017
RSPO Certified Palm Oil Plantation

Impact for Innovation
Addressing sustainability issues requires new, lasting solutions that are appropriate for the complexity of the problems they are meant to solve.The Impact for Innovation Lab brings together relevant research and subject-area experts, engages and collaborates with civil society and the private sector through CBS’s extensive network and faculty expertise, and emphasizes a holistic and solutions-driven approach.

The Impact for Innovation Lab is open to participation from faculty and students from across CBS, as well as external partners. Indeed, it is through interdisciplinary engagement that cutting-edge research is brought to bear on real-world challenges. Our works covers a range of courses, on-campus efforts, collaborative projects across three cross-cutting the themes: commodities, technology and the built environment.
Impact for Innovation also offers courses at CBS. You can find the courses here.

Thematic areas: sustainable supply chains, certification, social impact investing, sustainability start-ups, urban design, regional sustainability transitions, impact measurement.

Liveability in the Built Environment
CBS & Rambøll Partnership aims to develop strategic knowledge, tools and skills to close the longstanding performance gap between building design and lived experience, promoting human well-being and sustainability in the built environment.
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Growing Support for Sustainable Palm Oil
This projects explores the potential to use behavioural economic and 'nudge' approaches to support future and existing members and processes within RSPO, as well as propose recommendations and research strategies for outreach and messaging
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This project seeks to understand the role of sustainability standards and associated certifications in the governance of global supply chains, using novel methodological and theoretical approaches to conceptualize and critique the relationship between the production, trade, and marketing of certified Kenyan tea.
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New Partnerships for Sustainability - NEPSUS Project
NEPSUS assembles a multidisciplinary team to analyze partnerships with kinds and degrees of complexity through structured comparisons in three key natural resource sectors in Tanzania: wildlife, coastal resources and forestry. Tanzania provides an ideal case for researching the impact of new partnerships on sustainability outcomes because policy and program implementation in these three sectors are heavily dependent on their success.

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Smart Building Business Models
The project seeks to facilitate business model innovation, shifting from focus on physical product to human-centred building services. It aims to connect the building industry’s business concerns around sustainability, digitization, and human-oriented building in the Internet of Things (IoT). It addresses the need for business model innovation in coordinated consultation with both the service provider and the people living and working in smart buildings.

Research Team
Lara Anne Hale, Assistant Professor

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Walking the line - The role of power in the becoming of organisational paradox
This project examines how an organisational paradox become a paradox in the context of local textile and fashion manufacturing. Within this context, it explores how local and collaborative solutions can contribute to a more sustainable textile and fashion industry. The results from this study have informed the MAKES seminar series and tailored meetings between design and production in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. The results are also informing a MOOC on sustainable business models for the fashion industry, educational material on sustainable business models combining online and offline activities (SUSTBUS), and an academic article.

Research Team
Kirsti Reitan Andersen, Post Doc.
Esben Rahbek Gjerdrum Pedersen,Professor, PhD
Ana Lucia Diaz Schiavon, Filmmaker and Designer

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Commodifying Compassion
Today’s marketplace is inundated with products supporting humanitarian causes that promise to give aid to beneficiaries, provide ‘good feelings’ to consumers and promote the brands of corporations and humanitarian NGOs. The commodification of humanitarianism (turning people and causes into marketable things) is thus linked to the privatization of help (replacing public donors with private philanthropy) with significant and as of yet poorly understood consequences.

Commodifying Compassion will explore these dynamics in three different contexts where humanitarianism has been a realm traditionally dominated by the state (Denmark), the church (Italy) and the market (United States). The overall objective of Commodifying Compassion is to understand how ‘helping’ has become a marketable commodity and how this impacts humanitarianism symbolically and materially.

Research Team
Lisa Ann Richey, Professor

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Governance for Anti-Corruption - The Role of Regional Meta MSIs

Research Team
Luisa Murphy, PhD Fellow


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