Welcome Kerli, Idil, and Minttu!

We are happy to announce that three more SBM researchers joined our platform (see About Us):

Kerli Kant Hvass

Kerli Kant Hvass is an industrial PhD fellow at the Center for Corporate Social Responsibility at Copenhagen Business School (CBS). Her research interest includes business model innovation and cross-sectoral partnerships for sustainability and various aspects related to second hand retailing, extended producer responsibility and closed loop supply chains. Her PhD research is focusing on the fashion industry and business model innovation for prolonged life of clothes through reuse, recycling and closed loop fashion systems for the purpose of circular economy.

Her interest in business models stems from the insight that only when companies are rethinking their value propositions and current business models a real change towards sustainable product-service systems and consumption can be achieved. Therefore, her research follows an engaged scholarship strategy where knowledge is created in close collaboration with practitioners (e.g. fashion, second hand and recycling industry actors) through dialogue and pilot projects. Her first research results were recently published in a research article “Post-retail responsibility of garments – a fashion industry perspective” in the Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management.

After completing her MSc. in International Business Economics from Aalborg University, Denmark, and her additional studies on Social Entrepreneurship at Roskilde University, she has worked with second hand retailing, textile recycling and other sustainability related projects.

Read Kerli’s article on “Post-retail responsibility of garments – a fashion industry perspective“, currently published in the Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management.

Idil Gaziulusoy

Idil is Principal Researcher at Victorian Eco-innovation Lab, Faculty of Architecture Building and Planning, University of Melbourne. She is a transdisciplinary design researcher focusing on system innovations for sustainability with a particular focus on linking micro-level innovations with macro-level innovations. She develops theories, tools and methods to link the day to day activities and strategic decisions of design and innovation teams to the longer-term, systemic and radical transformations which need to take place at the societal level to achieve sustainability. Idil has worked as a consultant and lecturer in Turkey and New Zealand before moving to Melbourne. She is also a visiting researcher at the Design for Sustainability Research Group at the Technical University of Delft, The Netherlands.

Read “System innovation for sustainability: a systemic double-flow scenario method for companies” written by Idil Gaziulusoy, Carol Boyle, and Ron McDowall, published in the JCP Special Issue on “Sustainable Innovation and Business Models“.

Read Idil’s first post on this blog here: Papers in Brief II.

Minttu Laukkanen

Minttu is a researcher and PhD student at the department of Value Network Management in Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT), Finland. The goal of her research is to understand how the transition towards more sustainable business models will be achieved. The research increases understanding on sustainable business model innovation by examining the favourable conditions and mechanisms through which sustainability could be effectively built in business models. She is also interested in understanding how to recognise new sustainability opportunities for firms and to build competitiveness in business models through sustainability.

Read Minttu and Samuli’s article on “Analysing Barriers to Sustainable Business Model Innovations: Innovation Systems Approach“, upcoming in the International Journal of Innovation Management.

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