We will support the world’s decision makers in business, communities and governments as they implement sustainability solutions – ensuring that their decision making will be based on scientific foundations and will result in real change towards sustainability.

Alliance for Strategic Sustainable Development



The Alliance for Strategic Sustainable Development is an international alliance of universities aligning sustainability research with action through collaboration with businesses, NGOs, communities and policy makers.


Our purpose is to develop theory, methodology and practice for strategic sustainable development through interdisciplinary and intersectoral cooperation between scientists and business- and public sector leaders.


We operate with a ‘core’, which is constantly refining the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development, and ‘petals’ that represent areas of thematic research and application around the world.

"It is a fantastic human experience to understand basic principles for worthy goals together, across disciplinary and professional and ideological boundaries, and realize that we need each other to get there."
Meet our team

Karl-Henrik Robèrt

Blekinge Institute of Technology | SWEDEN

Göran Broman

Blekinge Institute of Technology | SWEDEN

Tobias C. Larsson

Blekinge Institute of Technology | SWEDEN

Toine Smits

Radboud University Nijmegen | NETHERLANDS

Rupert J. Baumgartner

University of Graz | Austria

Bernard A. Lietaer

University of California | USA

Louise Trygg

Linköping University | SWEDEN

Markus Robèrt

Royal Institute of Technology | SWEDEN

Sustainability research at BTH deemed excellent

According to an independent external team of expert reviewers, the sustainability research at Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH) is excellent and internationally leading.

Most universities in Sweden expose their research to independent external review. In the fall of 2013 a team of external experts assessed the quality of the research performed by BTH’s fourteen research groups. The review team presented their report to the BTH Board of Directors in December 2013.

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Alliance partner University of Graz wins major grant for interdisciplinary PhD program

Doctoral Programme Climate Change – Uncertainties, Thresholds and Coping Strategies

Anthropogenic climate change has emerged as one of the main areas of concern in the 21st century. Strategies to deal with climate change and its possible consequences are imbued with uncertainty. The doctoral programme (DP) attempts to reach a better understanding of climate change uncertainties and, while doing so, to develop criteria for thresholds, namely critical points where a small change in a system suffices to induce a qualitative change in the system or in different systems. These considerations will be connected with the development and evaluation of possible strategies to cope with climate change.

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Karolinska Institute has formed a center for social sustainability and become a member of the BTH-led Alliance for Strategic Sustainable Development

Karolinska Institute (KI) is Sweden’s highest ranked university internationally. Now it has formed a center for social sustainability (CSS) and through this has also become member of the Alliance for Strategic Sustainable Development (www.alliance-ssd.org) led by Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH).

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Åland wants to become a model region for sustainable development by aid of BTH

Åland’s government gave in March 2012 the committee “Transition Åland” the commission to prepare a proposal for a long-term strategy for a transition of the Åland society. The strategy should include clear sustainability goals, suggestions for actions, and a suggested timetable for Åland to become a sustainable society. The committee has now published a report on how Åland intends to become a model region for sustainable development. The report and the plans it contains, are based on the use of the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development (FSSD) that Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH) is leading the development of in an international scientific process. The Natural Step (TNS), an advisory organization that educates and guides organizations in the use of this methodology has been the committee’s support for the work with the vision and the initial planning. TNS also had two half-day workshops with the government and the parliament of Åland. Representatives of Åland have emphasized the importance of continued cooperation with TNS and BTH in this work.

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Göran Broman:  gbr@bth.se