Research Projects

Below are listed some of the current projects by the centre's members.

Current projects

Arctic Sustainable Resources and Social ResponsibilityThe Thematic Network on Arctic Resources and Social Responsibility offers opportunities for experts and practitioners of all disciplines to share knowledge and interact for sustainability. This may relate to natural resource extraction as well as resource management in a broad sense (including non-exploitation), capacity building, migration, eco-tourism, indigenous knowledge as a resource of significance of its own for sustainable Arctic futures, and a range of other issues.

Read more about the project here. 

For more information, please contact Professor Karin Buhmann at



Commodifying CompassionToday’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.

Read more about the project here.


For more information, please contact Lisa Ann Richey



Impact for InnovationAddressing 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.
See our offered courses here.


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
 Read more about the project here.

For more information, please contact Kristjan Jespersen at

JPI Policy Evaluation NetworkPEN aims to valuate policy measures promote a healthy diet and physical activity of the population in terms of their content, implementation and effectiveness. The project started in February 2019 as part of the Joint Programming Initiative on a Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life (JPI HDHL). It will run for three years until the end of January 2022.

Read more about the project here.

For more information, please contact Professor Lucia Reisch at

New Partnerships for Sustainability - NEPSUS ProjectNEPSUS 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.

 Read more about the project here.

For more information, please contact Professor Stefano Ponte at

Organizing Multi-stakeholder Initiatives (MSIs) in AsiaThis project focuses on regional organization, multi-stakeholder initiatives (MSIs) and anti-corruption in Southeast Asia. It explores how regional contexts influence the organization and interactions in MSIs. The findings from the study are used to contribute to the discussion on cross-sector partnership, multi-stakeholder initiatives and governance for CSR and the issues of anti-corruption. Results are disseminated through teaching, seminars (academic and practitioner), and research papers.

For more information, please contact PhD Fellow Luisa Murphy at
Smart Building Business ModelsThis 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.

 Read more about the project here.

For more information, please contact Assistant Professor Lara Anne Hale at

SUSTEIN.orgThe 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.

 Read more about the project here.

For more information, please contact Associate Professor Martin Skrydstrup at

The Regulation of International Supply Chains (RISC)The project on the Governance of Occupational Health & Safety in the Bangladesh Ready-Made Garment Industry, is led by Copenhagen Business School (Denmark), in partnership with BRAC University (Bangladesh), Tufts University (USA) and the Danish Ethical Trading Initiative (DIEH). A unique approach of the project is that of capacity building, working from the premise that sustainable, systematic change is best accomplished when locally-driven and managed. The findings and evidence from the research will be used both to generate new academic knowledge as well as to formulate practical recommendations for the industry. RISC will also seek to identify and support local organizations to uptake the findings and recommendations via provision of 'micro-grants'. Ab advisory board consisting of leaders from both academia and practice in europe, the US and Bangladesh oversee and guide RISC's work.

RISC Report: Early Impacts of Coronavirus on Bangladesh Apparel Supply Chains

What happens when coronoavirus shuts stores and retailers cancel billions of dollars in clothing orders?  The Regulation of International Supply Chains (RISC) team invites you to read their newly-published report on the effects of coronavirus in the Bangladesh apparel industry and its 4+ million workers. 
Seven years ago this month, more than 1,100 garment workers in Bangladesh were killed when the Rana Plaza complex collapsed on top of them. Today, the Bangladesh apparel industry and its millions of workers face a new, potentially even more devastating crisis: coronavirus.  Health issues aside, the impacts of the global pandemic on the industry and its workers are potentially catastrophic for the industry and wider society alike in a country where, for many workers, unemployment threatens starvation.
The report – aimed at practitioners and policy-makers – seeks to aggregate key information from a variety of sources both local and international, as well as look behind the numbers to reflect on the broader issues and challenges at play. 
The report is a product of the RISC project, and brings together researchers from Copenhagen Business School, BRAC University Bangladesh, Tufts University and the Danish Ethical Trading Initiative.  RISC is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Denmark and administered by the Danida Fellowship Center.

 Read the full report here.

 Risc Flyer

For more information, please contact Professor Jeremy Moon at

Walking the line - The role of power in the becoming of organisational paradoxThis 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.

 Read more about their project here.

For more information, please contact Professor Esben Rahbek Gjerdrum Pedersen at


   Past projects

Crowdfunding and Sustainable EntrepreneurshipSustainable entrepreneurs and small start-ups face a myriad of challenges in terms of pursuing their sustainably-oriented ventures not least the locked-in nature of the current regime which they inhabit and intend to change; as they often go against existing user and industrial practices, regulation, infrastructure and symbolic meanings. These lock-ins consequently also translate into constrained funding opportunities for these "niche innovators", especially in the early "seed funding" stage as they often perceived as a less attractive investment compared to traditional entrepreneurial ventures. The emergence of crowdfunding could, however, signal a shift in financing opportunities for these small sustainable innovators brought on by a shift in prospective financiers of innovation from professional investors to now ordinary citizens (i.e. crowdfunders). Especially since the early literature on crowdfunding has found that rather than focusing on economic gains and feasibilities, the crowdfunders put much more emphasis on the core values and legitimacy of a project. Leading some scholars to suggest that crowdfunders are more likely to invest in sustainable ventures others, however, question this contention instead noting that there is no positive connection between for example environmental orientation and crowdfunding success. The Post.Doc, therefore, proposes with a mix of methods (see deliverables) to explore the antecedents of both successful and unsuccessful crowdfunding campaigns in efforts to better understand the motivations of crowdfunders to invest in a project. This in order to examine what, if any, potential role the "crowd" could have in driving, financing and enabling sustainable entrepreneurship and innovation.

For more information, please contact Assistant Professor Kristian Roed Nielsen at

Do people like nudges?Nudges are discussed controversially. On the base of representative online surveys, we conducted empirical evidence on whether people approve or disapprove of different types of nudges. In a first part (2015/16), the research team compared six European countries. In a second part (2016/17) they engaged in a worldwide online survey. In a third part (2017/2018) a third survey was launched, including more countries and sociographic variables.

For more information, please contact Professor Lucia Reisch at
GlobalValue (EU FP 7)
Growing Support for Sustainable Palm OilThis 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

 Read more about the project here.

For more information, please contact Kristjan Jespersen at

I.FamilyDeterminants of eating behaviour in European children, adolescents and their parents

The project aimed to identify the reasons why young people in Europe eat the way they do and how this influences lifelong health. It was a follow-up study of the large cohort of the IDEFICS children and intends to reassess these families as their children move into adolescence. The project focused on their family environment, socio-behavioural and genetic factors to understand how they drive dietary behaviour of children. The I.Family Study has been coordinated by BIPS (UNIHB). LR led the WP on Consumer Behaviour.

Read more about the project here.

For more information, please contact Professor Lucia Reisch at

Liveability in the Built EnvironmentCBS & 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.

 Read more about the project here.

For more information, please contact Kristjan Jespersen at
MISTRA Future FashionThe Future of Sustainable Fashion

The project's objective was to promote systematic change of the Swedish fashion industry that leads to sustainable development of the industry and wider society. The project was divided into 8 research projects: a) recommendations/strategies for different stakeholders how to bring about systematic changes in the fashion industry; b) educational and feedback material for designers regarding design tools; c) shortened time to market introduction of novel textile fibers that are more sustainable than current alternatives; d) some major environmental problems within textile processing industry and use phase of textiles will be solved; e) textile recycling leading to high-value products through dissolution and spinning of new fibers of virgin quality; f) toolbox of communication strategies according to identified target groups; g) suggested framework of policy instruments.

Read more about the project here.

For more information, please contact Professor Lucia Reisch at

Nudge-itThe Neurobiology of Decision-Making in Eating - Innovative Tools

The Nudge-it consortium aims to develop a strong evidemce base to understand connections between neurobiological data on eating behaviour and the behavioural and economic reasons behins individual food choices. We focused particularty on low SES families and their food choice. Nudge-it developed new tools and experimental approaches to support the integration of behavioural and observational studies with neurobiological studies in a way that can lead to advances in consumer and nutrition research, providing the evidence base needed to educate stakeholders and inform policy.

Read more about the project here.

For more information, please contact Professor Lucia Reisch at

Trash-2-CashTrash-2-Cash was an EU funded research project which aimed to create new regenerated fibres from pre-consumer and post-consumer waste. It was also pioneering a whole new way of developing materials.

Read more about the project here.

For more information, please contact Professor Wencke Gwozdz at

UMAMIThe project specifically aims to investigate a main question: How can Chinese tourism to Denmark be increased? It aims to acquire a deeper understanding of tourists from emerging tourist countries (TETC) with special focus on Chinese tourists, by developing a formalized framework that investigates travel motivations, goals as well as mental pictures that TETC tourists have of Denmark as a tourist destination. This approach is accompanied by a complementary analysis of performance drivers of the tourism industry that enables us to measure the competitiveness and growth potential of the Danish tourism industry. Another vital scope is to integrate the aforementioned novel theoretical framework into “a segment-based data collection platform” enabling the intelligent analysis of complex and diverse intercultural segments of potential TETC, by employing state-of-the-art machine learning technologies. This can provide an efficient “segment-specific” communication strategy to attract more TETC tourists to Denmark. The project further proposes a process to tailor Danish tourism offerings to different types of potential TETC. Finally, the project provides insights into the exciting possibility of spill-over effects on Danish exports in the tourist’s home country.

Read more about the project here.

For more information, please contact Professor Fumiko Kano Glückstad at


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