About Us

Our Projects

Region Västerbotten (UFS): a research project about sustainability narratives in local organisations called: A Model for Sustainability Competence Development.

PUNKTUM pedagogical action research project called: A Systematic and Holistic Approach for ESD: Developing a Curriculum Framework with Teaching Support.

Alice Annelin (PhD)

I was born and grew up in London, England. After travelling and teaching through Europe and Asia, I now live in Sweden and continue to work and learn for sustainability.

I am currently working as an assistant professor at Umeå University in Sweden. I have been inspired by experiences working with marine life and conversation and have a strong passion in education for sustainability. My journey has taken me a long a wide academic path towards finding a very stimulating and enjoyable experience study with some great critical minds at Göteborg university. This experience has helped me to put my dreams into action, together with Gert-Olof, with this project.

My interest in pedagogy, especially ESD, has brought me to my current experience teaching students in higher education. At USBE, I have applied ESD in accounting classes that I teach and find the experiential learning approach very beneficial. The students are decision makers of the future and can change their narratives towards a sustainable future, with our guidance.

At the moment, I have a keen interest in narratives and measurements for sustainability. I am particularly intrigued by the field of traditional ecological knowledge. I am determined to create opportunities for a sustainable future across the planet. Collaborating with colleagues and ESD teachers has been an inspirational journey that continues to invigorate and drive this project forward. Thank you everyone!


PhD in Business Administration, Umeå University

Dissertation: Audit teams and audit quality: a sustainable development goal perspective. Doctoral dissertation. Serie B, 103. Umeå, Umeå University.

MSc. Education for Sustainable Development, Göteborg University
Thesis: Sustainability Competencies and Experiential Learning in Higher Education: Student Perceptions

Annelin, A. and Boström, G.-O. 2022. “An assessment of key sustainability competencies: a review of scales and propositions for validation”, International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJSHE-05-2022-0166

Annelin, A. and Boström, G-O. 2023. Sustainability Competence Assessment Validation. Accepted at the European Symposium on Sustainability in Business Education, Research and Practice, Liverpool, Feb 23rd-24th. A plenary presentation.

Annelin, A. and Boström, G-O. 2023. Sustainability Instruction from Above and Below: Nordic Perspectives of Education for Sustainability. Punktum funded project article.

Gert-Olof Boström (PhD)

I was born in Gothenburg, Sweden. After working as a software developer for some years, I moved to Umeå for university studies. I have enjoyed living in Umeå and working at the university so much that I decided to stay, both at the university and in the town.

I am currently working as an associate professor at Umeå university in Sweden. The starting point for me regarding sustainability was the Triumf project. Triumf was a reserach project between Almi, Luleå Technical University and Umeå University (Umeå School of Business, Economics and Statistics). In this project the assignment for USBE was to develop a supervision process that in a natural way included sustainability. The process was to be used by Alimi when working to develop firms.

I have been inspired to focus on sustainability in education by a number stimulating pedagogical courses with focus on sustainability. The idea for the overarching project I am working with now, together with Alice, came to me at a course labelled Teachers’ Course on Educations for Sustainable Development (ESD) in Higher Education arranged by the Baltic University Programme.

My interest in pedagogical courses originate from my urge to give students tools for a better managing of Agenda 2030. Being at a business school, I see the students as carriers of new knowledge and ideas about sustainability into organizations. Successively a large number of them will advance to managers and have a great potential to affect the work in the organisation. My wish is that they put sustainability on top of their agenda.

My duty is to give the students knowledge and tools for addressing sustainability. Therefore I continuously search for new ways of helping the students to acquire these skills when they are at the university.


Boström, G.-O. (2020). A Generic Approach for Giving a Course a More Sustainable Profile – Complementing the Textbook with Contemporary Material. Studia Periegetica. 3(31), 67-80

Boström, G.-O., Winka, K. &  Boström, K. W. (2021) Extra-Curricular Activities as a Way of Teaching Sustainability. In Leal Filho, W., Salvia, A.L., Frankenberger, F. (Eds) (2021) Handbook on Teaching and Learning for Sustainable Development. Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham.