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School of Business, Society and Engineering, Mälardalen University, 2015

Postal address: Akademin för ekonomi samhälle och teknik, Box 883, SE-721 23 Västerås, Sweden
Visiting addresses: Högskoleplan, Västerås
Web page: http://www.mdh.se/est?l=en_UK

Contact person: Dr. Fredrik Wallin, Senior Lecturer in Energy Engineering, and Head of Internationalisation at the School of Business, Society and Engineering, phone: +46 (0)21 10 31 90. 

Mälardalen University (MDH) has over 13,000 students studying one of our approximately 65 programmes and about 1,000 courses. The University participates in several national research schools and conducts graduate studies within the technological branch of scholarship. The School of Business, Society and Engineering hosts education and research within a wide range of fields: from business administration, economics and political science, to energy, building and environmental engineering. Within the school, there are two research specialisations, Industrial Economics and Organisation; and a Future Energy Center.

South Asia related activities

During the recent years, the MDH has participated in a Erasmus Mundus project including Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB) as one of the partners. More information about the Erasmus Mundus programme established in 2008.
The collaboration includes several of the schools in the university and their education programmes and research fields.

As a result of this, the School of Business, Society and Engineering submitted an application for initial grants from the Swedish International Programme Office for Education and Training in its thirteenth round of Linnaeus Palme Exchange Programme grants.
The application was approved in March 2013 (project period 1 July 2013 – 30 June 2014, and initial grant of 80,000 SEK), and together with the Department of Energy Sciences and Engineering at IITB the work on establishing increased knowledge-base for an enhanced collaboration between the organisations could start. The goal is to establish good conditions for long-term exchange activities for both teachers and students. The work is in the first phase focused on the energy engineering area, but with the intention to include several other areas/subjects as well. The initial grant project will be finalised with an application of starting teacher and student exchange within the framework of Linnaeus-Palme. The Swedish coordinator for the initial grant project is Fredrik Wallin, and the contact person at IITB is Professor Rangan Banerjee.
The project has received continued funding for 2015-16 with SEK 227 0712. More information about South Asia related Linnaeus Palme programme grants for 2015-16new

Besides the IITB initiative the school supports a university wide collaboration with Prin. L N Welingkar Institute of Mangement Development and Research(WeSchool), based in Mumbai and Bengaluru. The collaboration is hosted by the School of Innovation, Design and Engineering at MDH.

As a result of the recent activities in India the University co-hosted and supported an Inspirational Symposium on Energy Innovation (more information about the symposium), as well as an innovation platform Workshop on Innovations Accelerators together with WeSchool (more information about the workshop); the Swedish Energy Agency; Business Sweden; the Consulate General of Sweden; and the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), among others. These initiatives have resulted in Indian students now assisting 11 Swedish clean tech companies in their ambition to enter the Indian market. Both events took place at WeSchool, Mumbai in April 2014.

Previous research:

Professor Emeritus Peter Söderbaum used to work on Ecological Economics. During the 1990s he was responsible for the establishment of an Ecological economics undergraduate programme. This was the first Ecological Economics programme in Sweden where a large part of the courses in economics, business and environment, ecology etc. were designed specifically for the programme. Later the programme was called ‘Economics for sustainable Development’. He also published a large number of books in his research fields. More information on his personal web page.
He collaborated with Rajeswari S. Raina from the National Institute of Science, Technology and Development Studies in New Delhi. During a period, Dr. Raina worked as a guest scholar at Mälardalen University.
Before joining MDH, Peter Söderbaum was employed at the Departments of Economics, Uppsala University and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Uppsala. He stayed for 20 years at SLU before coming to Mälardalen University in 1994.