MSPI Faculty and Instructors
Tobias Larsson, M.Sc., Ph.D.
Tobias C. Larsson is professor in product development, and Director of the Product Development Research Lab at Department of Mechanical Engineering. In his research he focuses on product-service system innovation, product development, engineering design and knowledge engineering principles in a design research quest to support the progress towards an "engineered sustainable future", and the development of the "engineering toolbox 2.0".
Sophie Hallstedt, Ph.D. Researcher and Sessional Instructor
MSPI Programme Director
Sophie Hallstedt is a researcher and lecturer at Blekinge Institute of Technology. She is the department head of the Department of Strategic Sustainable Development at the School of Engineering, BTH, Karlskrona, SwedenShe 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.
Anthony (Tony) Thompson, Tech. Lic., M.SLS
Ph.D. Researcher, MSPI Programme Coordinator, and Course Lead
Tony is currently exploring his keen curiosity of how business, society and the environment interact from a systematic perspective by pursuing a Ph.D. at BTH. Tony holds a BA in computer science from Cornell College and a Masters in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability from BTH. He worked with Habitat for Humanity for five years in various organizational development and capacity building roles. In 2006, he served on the board of directors of the Iowa Environmental Council. In January 2007, he participated in The Climate Project, Al Gore's foll ow-up effort to the documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" through which he talks to groups of people about climate change.
Henrik Ny, Ph.D., M.Sc.
Researcher and Sessional Instructor
Henrik Ny is a Researcher and Sessional Instructor at Blekinge Institute of Technology. He is assistant department head at the Department of Strategic Sustainable Development at the School of Engineering, BTH, Karlskrona, Sweden. 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 interests include ecological economics and sustainable product development.
Cesar Levy, M.SLS, B.A.
César Levy is a researcher within the School of engineering at the Blekinge Institute of Technology. His main field of interest is strategic sustainable development and specific research related to decision making processes, market introduction of novel sustainable energy technologies and green procurement. He holds a is Master in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability from Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden; has Masters ECTS in Ecological Economics at Plymouth University and Schumacher College, UK, Technical graduation in Environmental Sciences at Fundação Universitaria Iberoamericana FUNIBER. He was co-founder and director for the Natural Step in Brazil.
Göran Broman, M.Sc. Ph.D.
Dr. Broman is Professor and Research Director for the Sustainability Driven Innovation Group at the Department of Strategic Sustainable Development at the School of Engineering, BTH, Karlskrona, Sweden. 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 Masters 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 the Strategic Leadership toward Sustainability 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 Masters 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 the Strategic Leadership toward Sustainability programme in 2002.
Tamara Connell, M.SLS, B.Sc.
Programme Director and Course Lead
Tamara holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Planning and a Master's degree from the MSLS programme (2005/06). She has worked for both the private and public sector, and has a wide range of experience related to community and infrastructure planning/development, First Nation engagement in oil and gas development, waste management consulting, and climate change solutions for businesses. Her areas of interest are personal and group behavioural change efforts related to mitigating our effects on climate change, sustainable community development, and empowerment of individuals to create positive change.
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 & Marsha ll College. Merlina brings experience with group processes, decision-making and mediation as well as strong critical thinking skills to the programme.
Marco Valente, M.SLS, B.A.
Marco holds an advanced degree with honors in soc ial 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 brin g s 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.
Zaida Barcena, M.SLS, B.A.
Zaida holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of the Americas in Mexico and a Master's degree from the MSLS programme. She has worked in the private sector mainly in Finance, Operations and Procurement. She is interested in Education for Sustainability to promote effective long term behaviour.
Treva Wetherell, M.SLS, B.A.
Treva is a graduate of the MSLS program and holds a B.A. in International Relations and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the United States. Her experience includes working and volunteering in various roles in the non-profit sector, including program development and management.Her interests include group dynamics, food systems, and the role that service and leadership can play in transforming society.