Director of Institute of Industrial Environmental Economics
Lund University

Director of the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics, IIIEE

Lund University, Universitetets särskilda verksamheter, International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE)

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and more than 8 000 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

Director of the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE)

Join the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE), with the aim to find pathways towards accelerating the transitions to climate-neutral and resource-efficient economies. We are looking for a highly qualified candidate to lead, develop and coordinate an interdisciplinary research and education institution with great ambitions.

Lund University and the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE)

The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE) is an international centre within Lund University founded in 1994 to address complex environmental challenges. The Institute has a board with a chair from the University and external members, and receives support from a foundation solely dedicated to supporting the Institute. To engage with this complexity, the IIIEE has developed genuinely interdisciplinary education and research and the capacity to synthesize insights from management, economic theory and practice, natural sciences, engineering, political science, organizational, legal and behavioural studies. The IIIEE academic staff brings together diverse expertise in and across these disciplines. In contrast to the prevailing focus on environmental problems, the IIIEE emphasizes pathways towards sustainable solutions. The focus is on advancing and disseminating knowledge on how to catalyze the transitions to climate-neutral and resource-efficient economies across different levels of governance and management.

The main and overarching research themes of the Institute are:

  1. International and national policy intervention
  2. Urban governance and experimentation
  3. Business management and practice
  4. Consumption governance

Close collaboration with businesses, public authorities and other societal partners is at the core of IIIEE education and research activities.

The IIIEE has approximately 22 senior researchers and 12 PhD candidates, and in total more than 15 nationalities are represented among the staff. Each year we are engaged in approximately 40 interdisciplinary research projects funded by Swedish and international funding agencies. Over the last years we have collaborated with more than 100 international research partners and more than 50 businesses, public authorities and other societal partners. The IIIEE researchers are also invited as scientific experts by a number of international organizations, such as the IPCC, the IEA, the EU Commission and UN organizations. The IIIEE operates two international Master’s programmes, several free-standing courses, and PhD education. Each year we enroll more than 50 Master’s students from all over the world to study in our international Master´s programmes. Our latest educational effort is a series of Massive Open Online Courses under the theme of ”Greening the Economy”, which so far has engaged over 140 000 participants in more than 175 countries. The IIIEE working language is English.


Director of the IIIEE in combination with a permanent position at the Institute.

The position is permanent with a three-year assignment as director and head of department; the assignment as director and head of department can be extended for additional three-year periods subject to mutual consent. The permanent position will be an administrative one at the point of appointment, but appointment will be combined with an agreed pathway to an academic position as senior lecturer or professor. The appropriate pathway should be agreed with the chairperson of the board.

Description of the Position

We invite applicants with a wish to advance our vibrant international and interdisciplinary organization. The Institute is driven by scientific excellence together and in collaboration with business and societal partners and engagement in policy-making. The Director has the overall responsibility for the IIIEE and reports to the Institute’s board, and needs to be ready for a full commitment leading the Institute for the coming three-year period. The responsibilities of the Director include:

  1. providing strategic and operational leadership to the IIIEE
  2. managing and developing financial and human resources at the Institute
  3. securing new funding opportunities for research and education
  4. leading the IIIEE management team and assisting with shaping the ongoing strategic development of the organization
  5. actively representing interests of the IIIEE and engaging in activities at Lund University
  6. representing the IIIEE externally at relevant events and managing relations with strategic partners and funding organisations in Sweden and in international contexts
  7. promoting and developing cross-sector collaboration activities with world class research institutions, industry, business and society, and
  8. contributing to increasing the impact and outreach of the Institute’s activities nationally and internationally



The successful candidate shall have a doctoral degree and scientific competence within the Institute's fields of research activity. The successful candidate has established academic credentials with qualification as senior lecturer or professor. The successful candidate shall, in addition, have international experience and other qualifications needed to fulfill the tasks associated with the employment. The successful candidate has a proven strong proficiency in English, and preferably working knowledge of Swedish.

We are looking for a visionary, dynamic and inspired leader. It is a prerequisite that the candidate has a good understanding of the diverse activities of the Institute and ability to act in its interests, while maintaining a high level of personal integrity.

The successful candidate should also have the following qualifications in the order of priority:

  1. proven leadership and management skills in research contexts
  2. proven interpersonal and communication skills – ability to engage, motivate and support staff and students, also when working on distance and online
  3. a good ability to manage and develop human resources, including the work environment, gender equality and diversity
  4. a proven ability to operate in both Nordic and international contexts
  5. a proven fund-raising capability
  6. an excellent academic standing
  7. a strong commitment to the management and execution of teaching

Assessment criteria

In assessment, particular emphasis will be given to leadership and management skills.


Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed and invited to give presentations (most likely online) to Institute faculty, staff and students; this is planned to take place in June 2021.

Instructions on how to apply

The application shall be written in English. Draw up the application in accordance with the instructions

found here:

Please include your salary requirements in your application.

Lund University welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We regard gender equality and diversity as a strength and an asset. We kindly decline all sales and marketing contacts.

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Fredrik Andersson, Chairperson of the board +46-46-2228676,
Lars Lohmander, HR officer +46-46-2227473,
Lena Neij, acting Director +46-46-2220222,

Union representative
OFR/ST: Fackförbundet ST:s kansli +46-46-2229362
SACO: Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet +46-46-2229364
SEKO: Seko Civil +46-46-2229366

Lund University welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We regard gender equality and diversity as a strength and an asset. We kindly decline all sales and marketing contacts.

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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2021/573
Published 16.Mar.2021
Last application date 30.Apr.2021 11:59 PM CET

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