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One of the most sustainable universities in the world

Children on meadow in Vintrie. Photo: Patrik Hekkala.

Ranked 8th in the world in the QS Sustainability Rankings 2024, Lund University is a global leader in sustainability in higher education. This encourages us to continue leading the way towards a sustainable society in our research, education and everyday life.

Sustainability is a complex area that requires interdisciplinary research, education and external engagement. The University offers a range of courses and programmes, and is part of networks and collaborations linked to the sustainability goals outlined in the 2030 Agenda.

Lund University ranks in top 10 in global sustainability ranking

Global goals for sustainable development –


Our courses and programmes offer students diverse perspectives on sustainable development across a range of disciplines. From Bachelor's to Master's and doctoral levels, as well as through professional development, students gain a deep understanding of sustainability. This knowledge becomes the foundation of their careers, enabling them to pioneer solutions for a sustainable future.

We offer the following programmes and courses in the area of sustainability:

We offer three international Master's programmes in the field of environment and sustainability. There are also several Master's programmes in other subject areas with a strong sustainability focus.

Master's programmes in environment and sustainability

Bachelor's programmes in this field are currently only available in Swedish.

We offer several specialised MOOCs in the field of sustainability.


Lund University Commissioned Education currently offers the following courses in and related to sustainable development:

Innovation, transformation and resilience for sustainable development

Innovation in the Public Sector

We have four postgraduate schools with a focus on sustainability.

Postgraduate schools


We are constantly generating new scientific knowledge that challenges and deepens our understanding of sustainable development. Interdisciplinary, problem-oriented and curiosity-driven research is needed to strengthen the necessary knowledge base and solve current and future sustainability challenges.

Sustainable planet – research that addresses environmental and sustainability challenges

Discover how our research contributes to the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030

Cross-border external engagement

Promoting sustainable development is an explicit goal in our interactions with businesses, the public sector and other organisations. We are therefore actively working to create new collective meeting places and to strengthen existing initiatives between academia and society in this field.

Interested in collaborating with us or finding out more about our approach to sustainability? Contact our Sustainability Forum, which is responsible for coordinating sustainability issues at the University, via contact [at] sustainability [dot] lu [dot] se (contact[at]sustainability[dot]lu[dot]se).

Sustainability at the University

Contact information

Per Mickwitz
Pro vice-chancellor for research, sustainability and campus development
per [dot] mickwitz [at] rektor [dot] lu [dot] se (per[dot]mickwitz[at]rektor[dot]lu[dot]se)
Telephone: +46 (0)46 222 38 80

Claes Nilén
Environmental manager
claes [dot] nilen [at] bygg [dot] lu [dot] se (claes[dot]nilen[at]bygg[dot]lu[dot]se)
Telephone: +46 (0)46 222 41 59

Ann Åkerman
Coordinator at Lund University Sustainability Forum
ann [dot] akerman [at] lucsus [dot] lu [dot] se (ann[dot]akerman[at]lucsus[dot]lu[dot]se)
Telephone: +46 (0)46 222 80 81

Sustainability Forum
contact@sustainability [at] lu [dot] se (contact[at]sustainability[at]lu[dot]se)

We want to make it easy for our students and staff to make sustainable choices during their time here. That is why we strive to continuously develop the way we work with social, economic and environmental sustainability in our daily lives.

Sustainable student life

We also work continuously and systematically according to policies and plans to provide a good, safe and accessible place to work and study. At the same time, we strive to be a resource-efficient organisation with minimal impact on the climate and the environment.

Lund University's Strategy for Sustainable Development (PDF 265 kB, new tab)

Sustainability Plan for Lund University 2020–2026 (PDF 3.8 MB, new tab)

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