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Innovation for poverty alleviation

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Poverty is a dire social problem globally. Innovative solutions for poverty alleviation are needed at many levels. Frugal innovations by businesses in resource-scarce environments are one promising approach.

Frugal water, energy, food or shelter innovations can improve the lives of underserved communities. But developing sustainable, system-level solutions requires co-creation and an inclusive approach. When partners from poor communities, NGOs, academia and governments co-create innovations, they are more likely to stick and provide higher benefits for all. We study and participate in such co-creative endeavours, seeking to tackle poverty and increase wellbeing.

Ongoing projects


Research areas

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Energy transitions

Renewable energy production and storage technologies change the way we produce and use energy, do business with it, and innovate.

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Innovation for sustainability

The innovation of new sustainable products, services, business models and forms of consumption can help tackle big problems like climate change and resource depletion.

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Circular economy

Circular economy keeps materials in use longer using strategies like reuse, remanufacture, recycling, and replacing ownership with rentals

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Corporate responsibility

Ethical issues are urgent in our globalized world where the public and civil governance of businesses is often underdeveloped and firms are located in different national regulatory systems.

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New economy

Broader descriptions of economy, work and money are being developed that can help our economy function better.

Sustainability in Business (SUB)