The Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS) is an independent centre, not affiliated to a particular faculty, that initiates and pursues research in an area called sustainable science, i.e. science aimed at not only studying, but also contributing to, the changeover to a sustainable society. In more tangible terms this means that the projects carried out cross faculty and disciplin boundaries and encompass science and policies.
LUCSUS is responsible for the International Master’s Programme, Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science at Lund University (LUMES).
Examples of important research areas and projects of relevance for energy at LUCSUS are:
- Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies for Europe (ADAM) – of special interest in this project is the identification of synergistic effects between different strategies, e.g. between energy and agricultural policies (an EU FP-6 project).
- System for Environmental and Agricultural Modelling; Linking European Science and Society (SEAMLESS) – involving the development of planning models to reform the EU’s agricultural policy in a way that is compatible with environmental, social and economic demands (an EU FP-6 project).
- Among the projects that postgraduate students are working on, two can be mentioned in which attempts are being made to combine geographical analysis with life-cycle analysis, and to extend life-cycle analysis to include social aspects of a product’s life cycle. The products in question are sugar and paper.