Sophie Hallstedt

Sophie Hallstedt

Senior lecturer/Associate professor

sophie.hallstedt@bth.se

Department of Strategic Sustainable Development, Room J3624

+46 (0) 455-385511

Sophie Hallstedt leads Sustainable Product Development track at BTH

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Short Biography

Sophie I. Hallstedt is an associate professor at BTH. In her research from 2008 a foundation for Sustainable Product Development (SPD) was initiated. Since then she has developed the research area together with her colleagues and is now supervising several PhD students. Sophie is leading the research area SPD as one of the prioritized and selected research tracks at BTH. Her research is about how a strategic socio-ecological sustainability perspective can be integrated and implemented on strategic, tactical and operational levels in companies in order to be able to bring forward sustainable solutions. Several methods and approaches has come out from her research which for example, enhance the ability to measure: i) maturity level of sustainability implementation; ii) sustainability consequences of different solutions, and then; iii) quantify and visualize the progress of sustainability implementation. The purpose of her research is to increase the product design teams’ ability to make strategic choices and contribute to a more proactive company regarding sustainability issues and make business advantages out of that.

Sophie has the experience of doing action research and work in close collaboration with industry.

 

Areas of expertise

  • Sustainable Product Development
  • Ecodesign and support tools regarding sustainability in product development
  • Sustainability integration in early product innovation phases
  • Sustainability implementation in product development
  • Strategic Sustainable Development

Sophie I. Hallstedt is an Associate Professor at BTH. In 2008 she initiated the research area Sustainable Product Development (SPD). Since then, she has developed the research area together with her colleagues and is now supervising four PhD students within this research area and leads a research group of seven. Sophie is leading the research area SPD within the Profile project Model Driven Development and Decision Support as one of the prioritized and selected research tracks at BTH. Her research is about how a strategic socio-ecological sustainability perspective can be integrated and implemented on strategic, tactical and operational levels in companies in order to be able to bring forward sustainable solutions. Several methods, models and approaches have resulted from her research which for example, enhance the ability to measure: i) maturity level of sustainability implementation; ii) sustainability consequences of different solutions, and then; iii) quantify and visualize the progress of sustainability implementation. The purpose of her research is to increase the product design teams’ capabilities to make strategic choices and contribute to a more proactive company regarding sustainability issues and make business advantages out of that.

Sophie has initiated and finalized several research projects, for example Sustainability criteria in concept evaluation methodology – a postdoc project of two years funded by Vinnova; and, Strategic, Tactical and Operational implementation of Sustainability into the Innovation Process (STOSIP) – a KKSHög project of three years. The research from the STOSIP project was one key reason to a sustainability prize awarded to one of the research partners from their most important customer.

Sophie has also initiated and developed courses and programmes at BTH such as the Master programme in Sustainable Product-Service System Innovation, MSPI, and was the Programme Director during several years until she during two years had the role as Head of the department of Strategic Sustainable Development at BTH. Sophie devotes her teaching efforts to sustainable development and product development courses, both via BTH lectures and via lectures on other universities and in industry on national and international level. During her research she has contributed in some 70-peer-reviewed publications within her research area, and has around 1700 citations and a h-index of 17 (according to google scholar).

 

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