ProVision - with focus on sustainable growth

BTH with support from the Knowledge Foundation is specifically focusing to enhance research competence and collaboration based on the integration of systems engineering, sustainable development and innovation

It's easy to agree that we all would like to have sustainable growth.  The challenge is to make it happen. ProVision deals with a unic combination of Innovation, system technology and sustainable development in cooperation with industry and society to contribute to sustainable growth.

Innovation, system technology and sustainable development

Climate questions, environment problems, poverty, social unfairness, competitiveness and growth are examples on today's challenges. To find solutions of the problems we must work with ecologic, economic and social development and they must all go hand in hand. Sustainable development is about creating the right and relevant conditions for a long-term economic development with good environment and social welfare. It means for example that economic growth could not be at the expense of environmetal pollution or a segregate society. Social welfare and economic growth must be combined with a good environment. Sustainable growth could be created by integration of  Innovation, system technology and sustainable development.

The core of the ProVision project is to integrate BTH's strong areas within Innovation, system technology and sustainable development..

Please visit the BTH ProVision page (currently only in Swedish) for information about collaboration opportunities with BTH or contact Prof. Göran Broman.

Research with a Sustainability Focus

Research with a sustainability focus is conducted in various different faculties and departments at BTH and include major research programmes such as:

Specific research projects with a sustainability focus change regularly. A current list of projects is presented in the poster below:

What is BTH researching to help move society towards sustainability?

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 This poster describes 60 research projects current as of December 2007 that are helping to move society towards sustainability


Sustainable Product Innovation research at BTH

Below is a sample of the projects BTH researchers are currently undertaking. These projects explore how the framework for strategic sustainable development and other sustainability concepts can assist in sustainable product innovation. Methods and tools developed at BTH are being published in international peer-reviewed journals and are now being used by organisations and researchers around the world. A small number of MSLS students have become involved in these research projects either through their thesis projects or by staying to pursue PhD research.

Our Sustainable Product Innovation Research IniTiative (SPIRIT) is a major programme for ongoing research within the department of Mechanical Engineering. It is also a key component of the Real Change, which is a research program that aims to support the world’s decision-makers in their promotion of sustainability and at ensuring that their decision-making will rest on scientific foundations leading to – real change. (see more on Real Change below)

SPIRIT Programme

Follow the links below to find out more about some specific projects we are working on:

Prioritisation Support for Sustainable Product Development
Effective and Sustainable Waterjet cutting
Functional product development and simulation
Labelling & Procurement Support for Sustainable Innovation 

Real Change


Real Change was officially launched on 9 May 2008 at the Leadership Challenge in Stockholm with His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden, and the Director Generals from the five Swedish agencies supporting the programme. Real Change will support the world’s decision makers in business, communities and governments as they implement sustainability solutions - ensuring that their decision making will be based on scientific foundations and will result in real change towards sustainability.

Real Change is a partnership between the Blekinge Institute of Technology, Lund University and The Natural Step.  The following are some of the key individuals involved in the programme's strategy and coordination:
Göran Broman, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Programme Director
Harald Sverdrup, Lund University
Jonas Oldmark, The Natural Step
Karl-Henrik Robèrt, Blekinge Institute of Technolgy and The Natural Step

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MiSt is an interdisciplinary research programme on tools for environmental assessment in strategic decision making funded by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency . The programme is co-ordinated from the Spatial Planning Programme of Blekinge Institute of Technology.

The focus of the MiSt-programme is the empirical study of effectiveness of tools of environmental assessment as aid to strategic decision making. The object of the research is to study the function of tools that aid in environmental assessment as a key component in strategic decision making.

The aim is:

  • a critical examination of the function of tools
  • a theory based understanding of their effectiveness
  • and ultimately a development of prescriptions for effective tool use including effective combinations of tools.

Two perspectives running through the programme are public participation and legal regulation of tools.

There are four components to the program:

  • Empirical research projects;
  • Concurrent programme activities aiming at integrating projects, including a "research school" for doctoral students from the programme institutions but also from other institutions; 
  • Exploratory projects which will lead to further empirical projects;
  • Synthesis and summary including communication with users.

Programme director: professor Lars Emmelin, Spatial Planning, BTH.

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