Published 2019-10-07

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Presentation of new Board Members

Presentation of new Board Members
Who are the new members of Mistra’s Board? Their backgrounds are diverse. Three are professors in the varied fields of economics, microbiological ecology and social sciences. Now, the Board has a sustainability expert as well.
Why have they accepted, and what do they want to do to develop the Foundation?

The new Board members are as follows.

Thomas Aronsson

Thomas Aronsson is a Professor of Economics at Umeå University. His research areas include public economics, welfare theory and environmental economics.

Much of his research over the past 15 years has been about the configuration of the tax system, such as how it should be designed to redistribute incomes as efficiently as possible, while correcting for market failures. Another example is research on welfare indicators for countries or groups of countries, and how these indicators are linked to market failures such as external effects and imperfect competition. Aronsson is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and the Royal Skyttean Society, another Swedish scientific academy.

What made you say yes to membership of Mistra’s Board?

I’m interested in environmental issues, and parts of my research are about environmental policy. I’ve also worked a lot on research funding in, for example, review groups at the Swedish Research Council and Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences). So I believe my interests and experience are a good fit for the board assignment.

How would you like to see Mistra develop?

I haven’t yet begun the practical work as a Board member, so it’s too early for me to answer that question. I’ll gladly return to it at a later date.


Anders Tunlid

Anders Tunlid, Professor of Microbiological Ecology at Lund University, has ecology and evolution of fungi as his main research areas. His current research is about how symbiotic and saprophytic fungi break down and convert carbon compounds and nutrients in soil.

What made you say yes to membership of Mistra’s Board?

I’m interested in the issues, but so far I’ve mainly worked on basic research. So it’ll be interesting to see how that can be combined with the more applied research that Mistra funds.

What are Mistra’s strengths?

Going in for big focused initiatives, which means that the programmes have time to build something that can make a clear impact. The fact that Mistra is the big funder of environmental research in Sweden is also something that deserves to be highlighted.

How would you like to see Mistra develop?

I don’t yet have an answer to that. I’m very humble about my new assignment. But what I want to learn more about is how Mistra captures ideas, how the process of calling for proposals works, and how both applications and results are evaluated. I think I’ll need at least a year to learn how that works.


Emelie Persson Lindqvist

Emelie Persson Lindqvist is Head of Sustainability at Sweco’s Industry and Energy division, with these two sectors as her main areas. As an environmental scientist with a background in fashion and communication, she often provides a different perspective on both problems and solutions in urban development. She says that curiosity is her main driving force.

What made you say yes to membership of Mistra’s Board?

Because research is an incredibly important pillar of the transition to a sustainable society. It gives us knowledge-based support for long-term orientation decisions. Without research, we don’t know where we’re going or on what assumptions. However, the research faces a huge challenge: to reach out to more people, which is something that gets me going.

What are Mistra’s strengths?

The broad approach, all the skills, the organisation that functions so well and the fact that it’s bold and makes things happen.

How would you like to see Mistra developing?

I’d like to see the brand strengthened further and more research results reaching more people. I’m very much looking forward to Mistra Dialogue!


Emily Boyd

Emily Boyd, a professor and director of the Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS), is essentially a social scientist who has specialised in environment and climate change.

Her focus has been on the transdisciplinary interface between poverty, livelihood and resilience in relation to global environmental change, concentrating particularly on issues related to cities, sustainable land use, water and deforestation in Africa, Latin America, Southeast Asia and Europe.

She is also the lead author of a chapter on poverty, livelihoods and sustainable development in the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report (AR6).