Principle Investigator

Principle Investigator

Oksana Mont

Prof. Dr. Oksana Mont is a Professor and Research Coordinator in Sustainable Consumption Governance at the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE), Lund University. She holds a PhD in Engineering, MSc in Environmental Management and Policy, MSc in Biology and Chemistry. Her main research area is sustainable consumption and production, in which she combines projects on innovative business models (for circular economy) with sustainable lifestyles (collaborative and sharing economy) and sustainable consumption policy and governance (including tools for changing behaviour, e.g. nudging) with high-level policy consulting. Oksana is the principle investigator for this project.

 
Senior Researcher

Senior Researcher

Andrius Plepys

Dr. Andrius Plepys is an Assistant Professor at the IIIEE, Lund University. Since late 90s he has been interested in research on sustainable consumption and production and was engaged in a number of international research projects of sustainable waste management, resource efficiency strategies and sustainable solutions through business or lifestyle innovations. Of a particular interest is research on product servicising and product-service systems, circular business models and sharing economy. Andrius is teaching courses on analytical approaches for environmental assessments in several MSc programmes in Sweden and abroad. His current research focuses on socio-economic evaluations of different governance strategies and business innovations using hybrid input-output and lifecycle assessment approaches.

 
Senior Researcher

Senior Researcher

Yuliya Voytenko Palgan

Dr. Yuliya Voytenko Palgan is an Assistant Professor at the IIIEE, Lund University. She holds a PhD in Environmental Sciences and Policy from Central European University (Hungary) and a postdoc from Graz University of Technology (Austria). She has over 11 years of experience working in multicultural, multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary teams. Yuliya works in the areas of sustainability, urban governance, innovation and sustainable consumption. Her research focuses on strategies for sustainability solutions in new economies (i.e. bioeconomy, sharing economy and circular economy) and sustainable urban innovation and experimentation (e.g. urban living labs, nature based solutions in cities). Yuliya works to promote education for sustainability at all levels: postgraduate, graduate, undergraduate and professional. She teaches on a range of topics and disciplines including environmental science, sustainable development, sustainable consumption, innovative business models for sustainable living, and the sharing economy. Yuliya worked with society advising industry, policy makers, municipal leaders, entrepreneurs, research institutions, NGOs and international organisations such UNDP, UNFAO and OSCE.

 
Postdoc

Postdoc

Matthias Lehner

Matthias Lehner is Postdoc at the IIIEE, Lund University. He has a long lasting interest in sustainable consumption and production. During his studies at agricultural universities in Vienna and Uppsala he received training in agricultural production and the food supply chain. For his PHD dissertation he looked into the role of food retailers in promoting sustainable consumption. During his PhD he even worked with the ‘nudge’ concept. His main research interests revolve around human behaviour, consumption, market communication and marketing.

 
PhD Student

PhD Student

Lucie Zvolska

Lucie Zvolska is a PhD researcher in the sharing and collaborative economy at the IIIEE, Lund University. She is engaged in the Urban Sharing: From Excess to Access project with the aim to examine, test and advance knowledge about design, sustainability of practices and institutionalisation processes of urban sharing organisations. Her MSc thesis explored the sustainability potentials of the sharing economy and set the foundation for her interest in the potentials of urban sharing organisations to address issues associated with global urbanisation and unsustainable consumption.

Prior to joining the IIIEE team, Lucie obtained an MSc in Environmental Management and Policy from IIIEE at Lund University (2015). She also has work experience in event planning and tourism management and holds a BA in International Tourism Management from University of Brighton.

 
PhD Student

PhD Student

Steven Curtis

Steven is a PhD student at the IIIEE, Lund University. He is researching urban sharing organisations (USOs) as a mechanism to realise sustainability transitions in cities. To begin, his research will focus on the communication and framing of sharing by academics and in popular science. The focus will then turn to examining the organisation from the perspective of the platform (design), user (practices), and innovation in society (processes). 

Interest in this field stemmed from his Master's thesis in urban innovation surrounding Urban Living Labs. With the challenges of climate change, urbanisation, and population growth, he believes that cities are the arena in which significant progress can be made in advancing sustainable solutions, in particular, through inclusive urban innovation. Steven is a graduate of the Environmental Management and Policy Master's Programme at the IIIEE (2015). He obtained his Bachelor of Science from Penn State in Environmental Meteorology (2011), with emphasis on the impact humans have on climate, air, and water quality.