BTH Faculty and Instructors
Göran Broman, M.Sc. Ph.D.
Dr. Broman is Professor and Research Director for the Sustainability Assessments Group and the Sustainable Product & Service Innovation Theme at the School of Engineering, BTH, Karlskrona, Sweden. He is also leading a BTH-wide knowledge environment aiming at integrating sustainability, innovation, systems engineering and other disciplines at BTH to support sustainable development of society. He is a member of the Faculty Board and of the Board of Directors of BTH and he is the Programme Director of an international cross-disciplinary and cross-sector research, education and applications programme called Real Change. Parallel to his engineering education he has undertaken extensive studies in ecology, economy, resource theory, leadership and other subjects relevant to his commitment in sustainability. He has been instrumental in the development of the framework for strategic sustainable development that is central to this Master's programme, and he has integrated sustainability aspects in mechanical engineering education and research. For this pioneering work he has received, for example, The BTH Researcher of the Year Award, The Blekinge County Council Major Environmental Award and The Swedish Association of Sustainability Managers Award for Excellent Sustainability Leadership. Dr. Broman and Dr. Robèrt initiated the development of this Master's programme in 2002.
Karl-Henrik Robèrt, M.D. Ph.D.
Dr. Robèrt is a part time Professor within the Sustainability Assessments Group at the School of Engineering, BTH, Karlskrona, Sweden and he is the chairman of the steering group of the Real Change Programme. He holds a Doctoral degree in Internal Medicine from Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. Until 1993 he was an Associate Professor at Karolinska Institutet, headed the Division of Clinical Hematology and Oncology at the Department of Medicine at the Huddinge Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden and was the Editor of Reviews in Oncology. In 1989 he founded The Natural Step, a nonprofit research, training and advisory organization for sustainability. Between 1995 and 2001 he was an Adjunct Professor of Physical Resource Theory at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden. In 1999 Dr. Robèrt received the Green Cross Millennium Award for International Environmental Leadership and in 2000 he received the Blue Planet Prize for having led the development of the framework for strategic sustainable development that is central to this Master's programme, in the business community also known as The Natural Step Framework. In 2005, he was named the inaugural winner of the prestigious global award The Social Responsibility Laureate Medal. Dr. Robèrt and Dr. Broman initiated the development of this Master's programme in 2002.
Tracy Meisterheim, M.Sc, B.Sc.
Programme Director and Course Lead
Tracy is the founder and principal of Blue Heron Sustainability Associates, and brings over twenty years of experience leading and developing environmental and sustainability education programs. She holds a Master's in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability from BTH, a B.S. from Illinois State University, and is an Associate with The Natural Step U.S. Tracy specializes in training and facilitation of planning for strategic sustainable development including stakeholder and community engagement, process facilitation and design, leadership and organizational development. She served as co-founder and executive director of a nonprofit education center in Michigan focused on sustainable living and environmental stewardship. Her professional background also includes wilderness and environmental education and educational outreach in leadership and sustainability with Michigan State University and the University of Wisconsin.
Sophie Hallstedt, Ph.D.
Researcher and Sessional Instructor
Sophie Hallstedt is a researcher and lecturer at Blekinge Institute of Technology. She holds a Master's of Science Degree in environmental engineering from Luleå University of Technology, Luleå, Sweden, a licentiate's degree in engineering from Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenberg, Sweden, and a Ph.D. from Blekinge Institute of Technology in Karlskrona, Sweden. She has carried out environmental control and chemical inventory analysis for Swedish Steel AB and developed biological monitoring systems at Biological Monitoring Inc. in Virginia, USA. Her research interest is sustainable product development. Her other academic interests include the science of sustainability, energy systems and environmental management systems.
Henrik Ny, Ph.D., M.Sc.
Researcher and Sessional Instructor
Henrik Ny is a Researcher and Sessional Instructor at Blekinge Institute of Technology. He holds a master's degree in chemical engineering from Lund Institute of Technology, Lund, Sweden and a master's degree in environmental management and policy from the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics at Lund University, Lund, Sweden. In 2009 he was awarded his Ph.D.from BTH. He has worked with environmental issues at the Swedish chemical company Perstorp AB. This work focused on the integration of lifecycle assessment into the company environmental management system and the waste treatment and recycling efforts. His research interest s include ecological economics and sustainable product development.
Merlina A. Missimer, M.SLS, B.A
Course Lead and Ph.D. Researcher
Merlina has worked with sustainability and higher education for the last 7 years. Her experience includes working as a Campus Sustainability Coordinator and Residential Programs Assistant, as well as with non-profit groups s uch as Friends of the Earth and Amnesty International. She holds a Master's in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability from BTH, and a B.A. in International Environmental Studies from Franklin & Marshall College. Merlina brings experience with group processes, decision-making and mediation as well as strong critical thinking skills to the programme.
Pierre holds a Bachelor in Engineering from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada and a Master's in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability. His work experience is in the private, public and volunteer sectors. It includes 19 years as an engineer and manager in telecommunications working mostly on the capacity and performance of complex systems and on human factors based design. Pierre worked for six years as an assistant to a city councilor in Ottawa focusing mainly on sustainable transportation and participatory/ environmental budget initiatives at the municipal level. He has a couple of decades of experience in the volunteer sector with neighbourhood associations, advocacy organizations and other community groups. The learning, playing and teaching of Brazilian percussion are also of particular interest.
Marco Valente, M.SLS, M.A.
Course Lead and Programme Assistant
Marco holds an MA with honors in social sciences and communication from the University of Salerno in Italy, and is an MSLS alumnus. After graduation he has been working on corporate social responsibility with an NGO and with an energy service company. His passion and curiosity brought him in Sweden to get a broader, systems perspective on sustainability. He brings a passion for journalism, active citizenship, and a critical thinking rooted in social sciences. With these skills and passion, and interest for cultural diversity, he hopes to bring a substantial contribution in empowering new generations of leaders.
Elaine Daly, M.SLS, B. ENG, B.A.
Elaine holds a Bachelor of mechanical and manufacturing engineering along with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Trinity College Dublin in Ireland and a Master's degree from the MSLS programme. She has worked as a consultant in the private and NGO sector in Ireland, Uganda and South Sudan, in the areas of finance, systems design, modelling and business process analysis. She also ran her own practice as a coach and holistic health practitioner. Her passion is in creating spaces for catalysing change and prototyping new behaviours and ways of being in order to create a healthy, harmonious and vibrant planet.