Department of Management, Society and Communication
- CBS Sustainability
- Governing Responsible Business Research Environment
Kristjan Jespersen is an Assistant Professor at the Copenhagen Business School (CBS). As a primary area of focus, he studies the growing development and management of Ecosystem Services in developing countries. Within the field, Kristjan focuses his attention on the institutional legitimacy of such initiatives and the overall compensation tools used to ensure compliance. He has a background in International Relations and Economics.
Since August 2018, Kristjan Jespersen has been the coordinator of the CBS Impact for Innovation Lab (CBS Sustainability, Copenhagen Business School). The unique focus of the Impact for Innovation Lab would be its emphasis on the behavioural and business dimensions in the sustainability discourse. While considerable work has gone into the technical dimensions of sustainability, much less attention has been paid to the behavioural components and to the development of revenue models, business plans and commercialization strategies needed to make such innovations successful.
CBS Impact for Innovation Lab could play an important role in this area. For example, CBS researchers could develop research on the design and effectiveness of impactful research focused on supporting the sustainable transition. Specific focus is paid on the market potential and possible commercialization strategies for such features as dictated by impactful research.
The external partners of the project are Ramboll, Green Building Council, Confederation of Danish Industries, The Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).
- Multistakeholder Initiatives
- Transnational Networks
- Global Commodity Chains
- The Anthropocene
- KAN-CCMVV1738U (Coordinator and Lead Instructor) - Achieving the SDGs: Environmental Sustainability for Organizations (2018-)
- KAN-CCMVV1737U (Coordinator and Lead Instructor) - Achieving the SDGs: Feeding the Future of Agricultural Sustainability (2018-)
- KAN-CCMVV1739U (Coordinator and Lead Instructor) - Blockchain and Sustainable Digital Infrastructures for Business (2018-)
- MSc BLC – (Coordinator and Lead Instructor) - Consulting for Sustainability – Harnessing Business Models and Innovation, Fall & Spring (2017 - ongoing)
- CEMS – (Instructor) Responsible Leadership (Short Course) – (2015- ongoing).
- CEMS – (Instructor) Business Project Course – (2015- ongoing).
International Short Courses
International MBA Courses – (Coordinator and Lead Instructor) – Regenerative Sustainability – Course designed for International MBA students who travel to Copenhagen for an intensive one-week course on innovative themes related to sustainability. Participating Business Schools include Fuqua Duke, Ross UofMichigan, McCombs UTAustin, Rotman UofT, & Stern NYU – (2016- ongoing).
- Sustainable Finance and Entrepreneurship
- Human Well-Being in the Built Environment
- BlockChain and Decentralizing Technologies
Read more about the international short courses: Short term programs 2020
Gallemore, C., & Jespersen, K. (2016). Transnational Markets for Sustainable Development Governance: The Case of REDD+. World Development, 86, 79-94.
Chan, K. M., Anderson, E., Chapman, M., Jespersen, K., & Olmsted, P. (2017). Payments for Ecosystem Services: Rife With Problems and Potential—For Transformation Towards Sustainability. Ecological Economics, 140, 110-122.
Jespersen, K., & Gallemore, C. (2018). The Institutional Work of Payments for Ecosystem Services: Why the Mundane Should Matter. Ecological Economics, 146, 507-519
Gallemore, C., Guisinger, A., Kruuse, M., Ruysschaert, D., & Jespersen, K. (2018) Escaping the “Teenage” Years: The Politics of Rigor and the Evolution of Private Environmental Standards. Ecological Economics, 152,76-87.
Gallemore, C., Nielsen, K. R., & Jespersen, K. (2019). The uneven geography of crowdfunding success: Spatial capital on Indiegogo. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, https://doi.org/10.1177/0308518X19843925
Gallemore, C., & Jespersen, K. (2019). Offsetting, Insetting, or Both? Current Trends in Sustainable Palm Oil Certification. Sustainability, 11(19), 5393.
Professional Reports/White Papers
Jespersen, K., & Olmsted, P. (2019). “Strategic Approaches to Sustainability Reporting”. NEPCon, Sustainability Reporting for Palm Oil Companies. https://www.nepcon.org/projects/sustainability-reporting-palm-oil-companies
Jespersen, K., & Olmsted, P. (2019). “What to Report and How - Considering Sustainability Metrics”. NEPCon, Sustainability Reporting for Palm Oil Companies. https://www.nepcon.org/projects/sustainability-reporting-palm-oil-companies
Frederiksberg : CBS PRME 2020, 12 p. (InFocus Report Series, No. 2)
Frederiksberg : CBS PRME 2020, 15 p. (InFocus Report Series, No. 3)
In: Ecological Economics, Vol. 171, 5.2020
In: Circle House Lab: Green paper 1: Bygnings- og materialepas. . ed. /Tine Lange; Trine Beckett; Casper Østergaard Christensen; Kåre Stokholm Poulsgaard. København : GXN A/S 2019, p. 49-50
In: Sustainability, Vol. 11, No. 23, 12.2019
In: Sustainability, Vol. 11, No. 19, 2019
Åbyhøj : NEPCon 2019, 32 p. (Sustainability Reporting for Palm Oil Companies, No. M1)
In: Environment and Planning A, Vol. 51, No. 6, 9.2019, p. 1389-1406
Åbyhøj : NEPCon 2019, 39 p. (Sustainability Reporting for Palm Oil Companies, No. M2)
In: Ecological Economics, Vol. 152, 10.2018, p. 76-87
In: Edible Insects in Sustainable Food Systems. ed. /Afton Halloran; Roberto Flore; Paul Vantomme; Nanna Roos. Cham : Springer 2018, p. 213-236
In: Ecological Economics, Vol. 146, 4.2018, p. 507–519
Frederiksberg : Copenhagen Business School [Phd] 2017, 284 p. (PhD series, No. 25.2017)
In: Ecological Economics, Vol. 140, 2017, p. 110-122
In: World Development, Vol. 86, 10.2016, p. 79-94
In: Berlingske, 14.11.2019, p. 28-29
Frederiksberg : The Business of Society 8.9.2017
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Collaborator and Academic Advisor in FutureTalks - FutureTalks: Engaging Citizens in Exploring Toronto's Future - As a Collaborator, during the term of the project (2018-2023).
Academic Advisory for the Liminus Foundation - Gros More National Park – Newfoundland – Canada - As an Academic Advisor, I develop experiments to be conducted within the national park on the topic of Payments for Ecosystem Services. The work supports the sustainable transition of small and medium sized firms.
Academic Collaborator - “TRANSFORM”: Accelerating Transformative Entrepreneurship Experiments in Local Spaces - (currently University of Waterloo, Arizona State University, Lund University, Leuphana University, Erasmus University, University of Graz, Copenhagen Business School) as well as small business, municipal, and civil society partners in each community. As an Academic Advisor I support the development of research and mentor companies within the network. (Funded).
Board Member – Management Committee – Nordic Rainforest Research Network - The organization is responsible for programming research and conservation efforts for the Maliau Basin, Malaysia (150,000 Hectares first growth forest).
International Expert - EU Funded - Institutional Capacity Development for University of Latvia – With special focus on assisting faculty to innovate on teaching and research practices.
Name of contractual partner
Duration of activity
Type of activity
Round Table for Sustainable Palm Oil
May – June 2018
Research and Strategic Advice
NEPCON (Nature, Environment, People Connected)
January – May 2019
Research, Strategic Advice, report writing
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