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Governments and individuals are not enough to achieve sustainable development


A groundbreaking book highlights the important role of the private and public sectors and civil society in the transition to a sustainable society. “While major efforts have been made by individuals and governments, we need the help of the organisations where people actually work,” says Rodrigo Lozano, a researcher at the University of Gävle.

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Most of us live our lives in groups, in informal or formal organisations, and for the first time we are analysing the efforts of these organisations to become more sustainability-oriented and how they can contribute to making society more sustainable by thinking systematically.

Rodrigo Lozano

Rodrigo Lozano

“Although individuals and governments have made significant efforts, between people and governments we have organisations in which the people actually work, and these are crucial to people’s ability to live sustainably,” says Lozano.

Rodrigo Lozano has a wealth of experience in a range of academic disciplines; having graduated as a chemical engineer, he went on to work in environmental leadership and change management.

“A holistic approach is demanded and I have written this book for a broad readership: it should be useful to businesses, civil society and students.”

Text: Douglas Öhrbom
Photo Rodrigo Lozano: Anna Sällberg

Toward sustainable organisations

Rodrigo Lozano, internationally renowned researcher

Lozano is Professor of Organisational Sustainability at the University of Gävle. He is specialty chief editor of Frontiers in Organisations for Sustainability and a visiting professor at Central University of Technology, Bloemfontein, South Africa. Lozano has worked for over 20 years for sustainability in non-governmental organisations, universities and the private sector.

He has worked with Maria Barreiro-Gen on the University of Gävle’s work for sustainable study programmes, for which the University won first prize in the 2018 AASHE Sustainability Awards in the United States.

In autumn 2022, his article "Disrupting the brave new world: COVID-19 effects on organisations' sustainability efforts" won first prize in the Outstanding Paper Award at the Emerald Literati Awards.

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Researcher presentation: Rodrigo Lozano


Rodrigo Lozano, Professor of Organisational Sustainability at the University of Gävle.
Tel: +46 (0)73 461 83 56
E-post: rodrigo.lozano@hig.se

Published by: Douglas Öhrbom Page responsible: Anders Munck Updated: 2022-09-20
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