Dr. Magnus Bengtsson

As Policy Director at Hot or Cool, Magnus oversees the institute’s engagement, analysis, and advisory services related to public policy. He has over twenty years of experience as a policy researcher and consultant advising international organisations and governments on sustainable consumption and production and circular economy. Magnus is also a lecturer at Toyo University in Tokyo, where he is based, and a sustainability advisor to Japanese corporations. In addition to a PhD in Environmental Systems Analysis from Chalmers University of Technology in his native Sweden, Magnus also holds degrees in Industrial Engineering and Management, and in History. Working at Hot or Cool allows him to apply his wide-ranging experience in exciting projects with inspiring partners. It also provides ample opportunities to pursue his interest in applying multidisciplinary theoretical insight to complex sustainability challenges.

Contact: m.bengtsson@hotorcool.org

Research Highlights and Accomplishments


Selected publications

Akenji, L. and Bengtsson, M. 2014. Making Sustainable Consumption and Production the Core of Sustainable Development Goals. Sustainability 6 (2): 513–529.

Akenji, L., Bengtsson, M., Bleischwitz, R., Tukker, A., and Schandl, H. 2016. Ossified materialism: introduction to the special volume on absolute reductions in materials throughput and emissions. Journal of Cleaner Production 132: 1–12.

Bengtsson, M., Alfredsson, E., Cohen, M., Lorek, S. and Shroeder, P. 2018. Transforming Systems of Consumption and Production for Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: Moving Beyond Efficiency. Sustainability Science.

UNEP 2015. Sustainable Consumption and Production: A Handbook for Policymakers, Global edition.

UNEP 2015. Sustainable Consumption Guide for Policymakers: Debunking Myths and Outlining Solutions (Asia Edition).

Akenji, L., Bengtsson, M. and Schroeder, P. 2017. Sustainable Consumption and Production in Asia – Aligning human development and environmental protection in international development cooperation. In: Schroeder, P., Anggraeni, K., Sartori, S., and Weber, U. (Eds.) Sustainable Asia – Supporting the Transition to Sustainable Consumption and Production in Asian Developing Countries. World Scientific, Singapore.

Schröder, P., Bengtsson, M., Cohen, M., Dewick, P., Hoffstetter, J. and Sarkis, J., 2019. Degrowth within–Aligning circular economy and strong sustainability narratives. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 146, pp.190-191.

Bengtsson, M. and Tillman, A.-M. 2004. Actors and Interpretations in an Environmental Controversy: The Swedish Debate on Sewage Sludge Use in Agriculture. Resources, Conservation and Recycling 42(1): 65–82.

Alfredsson, E., Bengtsson, M., Brown, H. S., Isenhour, C., Lorek, S., Stevis, D. and Vergragt, P. 2018. Why achieving the Paris agreement requires reduced overall consumption and production. Sustainability: Science, Practice and Policy 14(1): 1–5.

Mathai, M.V., Isenhour, C., Stevis, D., Vergragt, P., Bengtsson, M., Lorek, S., Mortensen, L.F., Coscieme, L., Scott, D., Waheed, A. and Alfredsson, E., 2020. The Political Economy of (Un) Sustainable Production and Consumption: A Multidisciplinary Synthesis for Research and Action. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, p.105265.

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