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Science in Society: Charlotte Biil is a “knowledge broker” and urges more researchers to become the same

PhD Fellow Charlotte Biil has a mission: to make research within the fields of the work environment and partnership building more available to practitioners, and she is about to submit one of the few reports of its kind on the subject in the Nordics. She calls herself a ‘knowledge broker’, a person who bridges the gap between practice and research, and urges more researchers to adopt the same role.

Do you know how your tea or smartphone is produced? Probably not, but four researchers aim to make the process social and circular

Tea, smartphones, T-shirts and electric cars are all the result of global supply chains, and while companies and consumers often want supply chains to be cheaper, faster and more flexible, a group of researchers from CBS and NORDAKADEMIE in Germany would rather they were transparent, ethical, social and circular. “Global supply chains are the most overlooked topic for solving current climate challenges,” says one of the researchers.

Want a more sustainable society? We need to talk about capitalism, argues CBS researcher

Like a chameleon, capitalism has changed over the years. Now, we are standing on the verge of a new crisis, and either capitalism will change again, or be replaced by something else, argues CBS researcher, Lara Monticelli. She has established a world-wide network of researchers who are trying to explore and rethink capitalism – and we might want to look to India for living proof that “real utopias” are possible.

The Danish Parliament earmarks DKK 1.5 billion for ‘green’ research

Out of DKK 1,925 billion, the Danish Parliament has agreed to set aside DKK 1.5 billion of the research reserve for fields such as the transformation of agriculture, ecofriendly transportation and sustainable cities. An additional DKK 340 million has been allocated for promoting researchers’ innovative ideas.

Getting a grip on business models

“Luck is not a business model” – these are apparently the words of the American celebrity chef and author Anthony Bourdain. But if luck isn’t a business model, where does that leave us? In this podcast, you’ll meet Thomas Ritter, professor at the Department of Strategy and Innovation at CBS. He has researched companies, and how they earn money, for pretty well all his life, and he’s certainly the man to consult about Business Models.

The Confederation of Danish Industry: CBS must be better at showing what research it does

It is too difficult to figure out what research CBS researchers do, if you ask Mette Fjord Sørensen, Head of Research, Higher Education and Diversity at the Confederation of Danish Industry. And at a time when natural sciences are in the spotlight, humanities and social sciences need to step up and show how they can be useful to society and companies, she argues.

Diversity Day: “You can’t hire your way to the benefits of diversity”

Diversity is a vital aspect of disrupting and innovating, but you cannot acquire it simply by hiring a diverse work force, argue Florence Villeséche and Alex Klinge, researchers at CBS. As co-organizers of this year’s Diversity Day on October 8, they are aiming to investigate how diversity and innovation go hand in hand and what role research plays in making diversity a success.

Shady pensions: “We are financing our own doomsday through our pensions”

Two CBS alumni have started the company Matter Pension, which invests people’s pensions sustainably. “When asked if they are interested in financing global warming, most people say no. But most pensions give them no choice,” says co-founder Emil Stigsgaard Fuglsang. An expert in pensions at CBS explains that pension companies are playing a major role in the green transition and have made large investments over the past few years. 

Dean of Research: Unread research is not a waste

Two CBS researchers claim that writing articles no one cares to read is a waste of time and money. The Dean of Research at CBS, Søren Hvidkjær, disagrees, arguing that conducting research implies that you don’t always make useful discoveries. However, he admits that CBS should be better at showing how society benefits from CBS research.  

Researchers: “We waste time and money writing articles no one cares to read”

Rankings of researchers and universities are based on the number of scientific articles published. And that’s a huge problem, argue two CBS researchers. They think researchers should also be measured on their ability to conduct and disseminate research valuable to society. One of the researchers is taking the matter to the Minister for Higher Education and Science.

Ashamed of flying? It’s both a good and a bad thing, says CBS researcher

The phenomenon of flight shame is spreading, but researchers don’t know why we feel like this or what the consequences of it are. Assistant Professor Florian Kock from CBS is going to investigate the nagging feeling that, according to him, can end up making even more people choose to fly. It’s quite paradoxical.  

Cristiana Parisi wants to make European cities flow better and she got € 10 million to do it

So far, the REFLOW project has taken up most of Associate Professor Cristiana Parisi’s time. Weekends, holidays, spare time, work time. And she’s totally fine with it. The project involves 27 partners and covers 10 European countries, with the aim of turning waste into a resource and making the six cities of Amsterdam, Berlin, Vejle, Paris, Milan and Cluj-Napoca in Romania circular. Also, the project is the largest of its kind at CBS.

Five-year collaboration has made sustainability research a permanent feature at CBS

“Five years ago, you wouldn’t see sustainability-related research published in the big, mainstream journals. Now it’s a natural part of them,” explains CBS Professor, Andreas Rasche. With the Director of CBS Sustainability, Jeremy Moon, he reflects on the outcomes of the five-year collaboration between the Velux Endowed Chair in Corporate Sustainability and the Governing Responsible Business World-Class Research Environment that just came to an end.