Lovisa Harfeldt is a new PhD student at IMES. Get to know her through three quick questions:
What brings you to IMES?
I had the great opportunity to become part of IMES when I got accepted as a PhD student at RISE (Research Institutes of Sweden). My research project focuses on industrial symbiosis and solutions for moving towards a circular economy. To me, a collaboration with IMES, and the possibility to draw on their experience within environmental and energy systems studies, is crucial for succeeding with my PhD project.
What is your background?
I studied Economics at Lund University for my B.Sc. degree and then moved on to a M.Sc. in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics at the University of Copenhagen. Since I finished my degree I have been working as a consultant, primarily working with socio-economic analyses of infrastructure investments.
What motivates you to work within the field industrial symbiosis and circular economy?
A sustainable and resource efficient society will require a profound structural transformation, including moving towards a circular and bio-based economy. I want to contribute with a new perspective within the field of industrial symbiosis and circular systems. I have only just begun to explore the field, but to me it seems that a key perspective, to some extent, is missing in the literature. I want to look at the concept of industrial symbiosis from a societal perspective. Thus far, it seems like the firms’ perspective is dominating the literature.