Published 2021-04-22

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Recommended reading

From knowledge of sustainable consumption to analyses of historical changes in society, the following books are connected with Mistra programmes.

• Mistra REES has been involved in compiling a guide, for the general reader, to the law relating to functional sales: Funktionsförsäljning – en juridisk översikt och några råd för dig som överväger att börja sälja eller köpa funktion (‘Functional sales: a legal overview and some advice for those considering starting to sell or buy a function’).

Authors: Jan Kellgren and Ingrid Arnesdotter, with the kind assistance of Herbert Jacobson, Olle Karlsson, Eleonor Kristofersson, Magnus Kristofersson and Mattias Lindahl.

Read more about the book (in Swedish) and download it here.


• The book Sustainability Transformations: Agents and Drivers across Societies analyses how societal transformations for sustainable development are understood in academic literature, international media debate, countries’ climate pledges under the Paris Agreement and focus-group citizen interviews. The authors also look at historical upheavals in society, to learn lessons and gather experience for the environmental and climate transition we are now facing.

Authors: Björn-Ola Linnér and Victoria Wibeck of Mistra Geopolitics.

Read more about the book here.


• Sustainable consumption requires political governance and social responsibility. But who is to be in charge, and assume responsibility? The book A Research Agenda for Sustainable Consumption Governance identifies research needs for the years ahead to create a sustainable society, and highlights solutions such as a sharing economy and a circular economy. The authors include researchers Matthias Lehner of Lund University and Oksana Mont of Mistra Sustainable Consumption.

Read more about the book here.


• In their book CSR and Sustainable Business, several researchers at the Mistra Center for Sustainable Markets (Misum) at the Stockholm School of Economics provide perspectives, based on real examples, on corporate social responsibility and sustainable business. The book gives an overview of the most important concepts and theories, and offers historical perspectives and a connection with business ethics. The original Swedish edition, published in 2012, has been widely used at leading universities and in leadership courses in both Sweden and Finland.

Authors: Tommy Borglund, Hans De Geer, Magnus Frostenson, Lin Lerpold, Sara Nordbrand, Emma Sjöström, Susanne Sweet, Karolina Windell and Maria Grafström.

Read more about the book here.


• Why do individuals and groups ignore and deny knowledge of society’s many problems? Knowledge Resistance highlights the phenomenon by integrating insights from social sciences, economics and evolutionary science. Climate change, vaccination and gender roles are controversial areas where differences of opinion about facts, knowledge and human motives are highlighted.

Author: Mikael Klintman, researcher at Mistra Sustainable Consumption.

Read more about the book here.


• Realising Just Cities draws on the experience of almost a decade of work in the Mistra Urban Futures research programme, which ended in 2020. Using highlights from the Realising Just Cities project, spatial, cultural and environmental aspects of justice are explored with the goal of creating a just city. The book captures research and its results and co-creates processes for gathering knowledge. The authors are Leonie Joubert and the team involved in Mistra Urban Futures Realising Just Cities.

Read more about the book and download it here.


• How can we create new methods of research collaboration that reflect the complexity of climate change, growing inequalities, declining biodiversity and unsustainable levels of consumption? Transdisciplinary Knowledge Co-production, with its practical examples of transdisciplinary co-production, is based on extensive experience from the Mistra Urban Futures research centre for sustainable urban development. The main authors are Kerstin Hemström, Henrietta Palmer, Beth Perry, David Simon and Merritt Polk.

Read more about the book and download it here.


• Sustainable Consumption and Production, Volume I: Challenges and Development sets out to explore critical global challenges and addresses how consumers, producers, the private sector, international organisations and decision makers can play an active role in supporting a transition to sustainable consumption and production. The book explores various approaches and innovations, and describes social and economic contexts for the challenges and development towards sustainable consumption and production. The book is based partly on knowledge at the Mistra Center for Sustainable Markets (Misum). Editors: Ranjula Bali Swain and Susanne Sweet.

Read more about the book here.


• The sequel, Sustainable Consumption and Production, Volume II: Circular Economy and Beyond, focuses on sustainable consumption and the transition of production to a circular economy, while addressing critical global challenges by transforming product and service markets for sustainable development. Editors: Ranjula Bali Swain and Susanne Sweet.

Read more about the book here.


Mistra programmes’ annual reports

Learn about the knowledge and results from Mistra’s research programmes and research centres by reading their annual reports:

Mistra Sustainable Consumption 

Mistra Sport & Outdoors

Mistra Environmental Communication

Mistra Digital Forest

Mistra InfraMaint

The Seed Box

Mistra STEPS


Mistra TerraClean

Mistra SAMS

Mistra REES

Mistra Geopolitics

Mistra Environmental Nanosafety