Department of Management, Society and Communication
- CBS Sustainability
- Center for Civil Society Studies
- Centre for Business and Development Studies (CBDS)
I am Associate Professor in Sustainability Management at the Department of Management Society and Communication at Copenhagen Business School. My research intersects scholarship from urban sustainability science, comparative international politics of climate mitigation, innovation, and partnerships for sustainable development. In my research I focus on the assessments of drivers, trends and challenges of low carbon transitions and sustainable development. With this focus in mind I aim to advance research and academic work that has a strong scholarly interdisciplinary and systemic approach. I work to understand drivers and trends for systemic low carbon and sustainability transitions at different geographical and administrative levels.
I have been involved in high level International and European research studies contributing to assess the potential of social innovation for sustainability. In my latest research I have been focusing in assessing the sustainability and climate mitigation impacts of innovative business models in areas such as collaborative and sharing economy, circular economy, and smart city solutions. I am a lead author of the ongoing Sixth Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (AR6 -IPCC) report that will be finalized in 2022. I have been a contributing author to the IPCC Special Report 1.5oC published 2018, and was a Lead author also in the 5th Assessment IPCC Report (AR5 -IPCC), published in 2014. I worked as Convened Lead Author in the Sustainability aspects of Energy and Transport Chapter of the international project Global Energy Assessment led by the International Institute for Applied System Analysis, Austria (IIASA) and published by Cambridge in 2012. I have been a contributor to several large European (Impact of Third Sector as Social Innovation ITSSOIN); and Danish Strategic Research Council funded projects (SUSTAIN Sustainability at national level) and (REBECa on Biofuels and Drivers & Limits) all dealing with sustainability transitions in Denmark. Among other book collaborations, I co-edited a book with several colleagues at Roskilde University titled “A New Sustainability Agenda” published by Ashgate in 2010.
I am a member of the Consumer and Behavioural Insights Group (CBIG) at the CBS Sustainability centre.
- Interdisciplinary research for climate and sustainability management assessments
- International comparative assessment of climate mitigation and sustainability transitions.
- Drivers/trends social conditions for stability, change and innovation for climate solutions
- Urban innovation, mobility studies, digitalization and low carbon transitions
- Governing Sustainability Transitions, partnerships, non-state actors – democratic participation
- Integrating quantitative/qualitative assessments & social science tools (life-cycle- circular economy, scenarios, indicators)
- Frameworks for understanding shared business & society responsibility in low carbon transitions.
- Coordinator and Academic Director of the COSI: Copenhagen Sustainability Initiative. COSI offers a joint Science, Technology, Business and Society education certificate to students from three Universities in Denmark, Copenhagen University KU, Technological University DTU and Copenhagen Business School CBS.
- Co-Academic Director of Master Science Education Center for Business and Development CBD
- Sit on the Study Board of Bachelor of Business Language and Communication BLCA
- Representing CBS at CLEAN Cluster
- Representing CBS at IPBES Denmark (Danish network point for Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystems Services)
- Member of CONCITO, Danish Think Tank- Climate Work and the Future of Cities
I have supervised two PhD students. I welcome applications from potential PhD students working in areas of any of my core research themes.
I am pleased to supervise undergraduate and graduate students with project and thesis ideas relating to my research expertise.
Supervisor of projects at undergraduate and graduate levels (BSc. and MSc BLC; BSc. and MSc. IBP; HA (kom.) and cand.merc (kom.).
Figueroa, M., Nielsen, K., Creuzigt, F., Döbbe, F. (2019- forthcoming) Shared Mobility, a systematic review- Journal Environmental Research Letters
Figueroa, M., Köberle, A., Villamizar, A., Blanco, G., Cruz-Núñez, X., Keesler, D., Flores, C., Schaeffer, R., Gomez, J. (2019-forthcoming) ”Comparing Conditions Shaping Mitigation Pathways across Latin America. Journal Climate Policy
Figueroa M. (2019) A practical take on Business Sustainability. Book Review in, Boganmeldelse for Effektivitet, Nr.1, 2019 www.effektivitet.dk
Figueroa M, Jiri Navratil, J., Turrini, A., and Krlev,G.(2018) “Social Innovation in Environmental Sustainability: Promoting Sharing Public Spaces for Bicycle Use” Chapter 7 in Social Innovation Comparative Perspectives, Edited by Anheier,H., Krlev, G., Mildenberger, G, Routledge 2 Park Square, Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 4RN
Figueroa M; Lah O; Fulton L; McKinnon A; Tiwari G. (2014). Energy for Transport. In Annual Reviews of Environment and Resources, Vol. 39: 295-325 DOI: 10.1146/annurev-environ-031913-100450 (listed in JCI Impact Factor 4.968) http://www.annualreviews.org/eprint/Y6hSBjUWtsuQWJICeheB/full/10.1146/an...
Sims, R., Schaeffer, R., Creutzig, F., Cruz‐Núñez, X., D’Agosto, M., Dimitriu, D., Figueroa, M., Fulton, L., Kobayashi, S., Lah, O., McKinnon, A., Newman, P., Ouyang, M., Schauer, J.J., Sperling, D., Tiwari, G.
(2014). Transport in Climate Change Working Group III contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report, Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC) in: Climate Change 2014- Mitigation of Climate Change, 5th Assessment Report. Working Group III. Cambridge University Press.
Figueroa, M; Fulton, L; Tiwari, G. (2013) Avoiding, Transforming, Transitioning: Pathways for Sustainable, Low Carbon Passenger Transport for Developing Countries. Journal Current Opinion for Sustainability, Volume 5, Issue 2, June 2013, pp 184-190
Figueroa M & Kahn-Ribeiro S. (2013). Energy use for road passenger transport and sustainable development: policies and goals interactions. Journal Current Opinion for Sustainability, Volume5, Issue 2, June 2013, pp 152-162
Figueroa, M.J.; Elling, B.; Erling, J., Aagard, K. (2010) “A New Sustainability Agenda: An Introduction” in “A New Sustainability Agenda”, Ashgate, London.
In: Environmental Research Letters, 12.3.2021
In: Environmental Research Letters, Vol. 16, No. 3, 2021, 15 p.
In: One Earth, Vol. 3, No. 3, 2020, p. 325-336
In: Energy and Behaviour: Towards a Low Carbon Future. . ed. /Marta Lopes; Carlos Henggeler Antunes; Kathryn B. Janda. London : Academic Press 2020, p. 177-208
In: Social Innovation: Comparative Perspectives. . ed. /Helmut K. Anheier; Gorgi Krlev; Georg Mildenberger. New York : Routledge 2019, p. 173-200 (Routledge Studies in Social Enterprise & Social Innovation)
In: Social Innovation: Comparative Perspectives. . ed. /Helmut K. Anheier; Gorgi Krlev; Georg Mildenberger. New York : Routledge 2019, p. 149-172 (Routledge Studies in Social Enterprise & Social Innovation)
In: Social Innovation: Comparative Perspectives. . ed. /Helmut K. Anheier; Gorgi Krlev; Georg Mildenberger. New York : Routledge 2019, p. 130-148 (Routledge Studies in Social Enterprise & Social Innovation)
In: Global warming of 1.5°CGeneva : IPCC: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 2018 (IPCC Special Reports, Vol. SR15)
In: Research in Transportation Business and Management, Vol. 24, 9.2017, p. 17-25
Abstract from 2017 Lund Conference on Earth System Governance, 2017, p. 34-35
Paper presented at 8th International Conference of the European Research Network on Philanthropy. ERNOP 2017, 2017
Abstract from SASE 29th Annual Conference 2017, 2017, p. 1
Davis : University of California Press 2017, 25 p. (Institute of Transportation Studies: Working Paper, No. UCD-ITS-WP-17-02)
Abstract from 2nd International Workshop on the Sharing Economy, 2016
Abstract from 3rd International Workshop on the Sharing Economy, 2016
Brussels : European Commission 2016, 70 p. (ITSSOIN - Impact of the Third Sector as Social Innovation - Project Deliverables, No. 6.3)
Brussels : European Commission 2016, 62 p. (ITSSOIN - Impact of the Third Sector as Social Innovation - Project Deliverables, No. 6.5)
Brussels : European Commission 2016, 108 p. (ITSSOIN - Impact of the Third Sector as Social Innovation - Project Deliverables, No. 6.4)
Brussels : European Commission 2016, 81 p. (ITSSOIN - Impact of the Third Sector as Social Innovation - Project Deliverables, No. 5.5)
Abstract from The ISTR´s 12th International Conference, 2016
Brussels : European Commission 2015, 82 p. (ITSSOIN - Impact of the Third Sector as Social Innovation - Project Deliverables, No. 6.1 (Part 1))
Brussels : European Commission 2015, 30 p. (ITSSOIN - Impact of the Third Sector as Social Innovation - Project Deliverables, No. 6.1 (Part 2))
Brussels : European Commission 2015, 16 p. (ITSSOIN - Impact of the Third Sector as Social Innovation - Project Deliverables, No. 6.2)
In: Habitat International, Vol. 44, 2015, p. 491-500
In: Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Vol. 5, No. 2, 2014, p. 184-190
In: Transport Policy, Vol. 35, No. Sep., 2014, p. 10-20
Abstract from Closing Conference for CIDEA: Citizen Driven Environmental Action, 2014
Lyngby : Danmarks Tekniske Universitet 2014, 74 p. (Report / DTU Transport, No. 9)
In: Annual Review of Environment and the Resources, Vol. 39, No. 1, 10.2014, p. 295-325
Abstract from IARU Sustainability Science Congress as Part of the Session "From Knowledge to Action", 2014
Paper presented at The Melbourne PPP Conference 2014, 2014
In: Report on the European Social Innovation Policy Framework in Light of Third Sector and Civil Society Actors. ed. /Mimmi Eriksson; Torbjörn Einarsson; Filip Wijkström. Brussels : European Commission 2014, p. 20-22 (ITSSOIN - Impact of the Third Sector as Social Innovation - Project Deliverables, No. 1.2)
In: Climate Change 2014. Mitigation of Climate Change: Contribution of Working Group III to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. . ed. /Ottmar Edenhofer ; Ramón Pichs-Madruga; Youba Sokona; Ellie Farahani; Susanne Kadner; Kristin Seyboth; Anna Adler; Ina Baum; Steffen Brunner ; Patrick Eickemeier; Benjamin Kriemann; Jussi Savolainen; Steffen Schlömer; Christoph von Stechow ; Timm Zwickel ; Jan C. Minx. Geneva : IPCC: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 2014
In: Resources and Environment, Vol. 3, No. 5A, 2013, p. 1-5
In: Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Vol. 5, No. 2, 2013, p. 136–140
In: Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Vol. 5, No. 2, 2013, p. 152–162
In: Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Vol. 5, No. 2, 6.2013, p. 244-250
In: Effektivitet, No. 1, 2019, p. 15-17
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The Greta Syndrome: How a Swedish girl became a world-wide climate phenomenon - and why she is making some people absolutely furious
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Fire veje til halvanden grad
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International opgave: CBS-lektor skal rådgive ledere om klima
Debat: Klimaopråbets medunderskrivere
Maria Figueroa is going to advise world leaders about climate change
Klimaekspert: Danmark kan gøre mere på transportområdet
Bilerne kan punktere alle klimaplaner
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|Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change - IPCC||2019-2022||Lead Author - Sixth Assessment Report, Working Group III - Climate Mitigation|
|Nordic chapter Global UN-SDSN, Sustainable Development Solutions Network||2020 -||Leadership Council Member|
|AU-EU High Level Policy Dialogue (HLPD) on Science Technology and Innovation||2020-||Member of Expert Panel: Climate Change and Sustainable Energy|
|Academy of Finland Environmental and Social Science Committee||March 2021||Member of Expert Panel|