Sustainable System Analysis incorporates the subjects Energy Systems, and Environmental Technology and Management. We analyse questions from an energy and/or environmental point of view by applying a system perspective on sustainable development.

Louise Ödlund, Professor, Energy Systems

The Sustainable Systems Analysis subject area includes several options within the framework of one of the following specialisations:

  • Energy Systems
  • Environmental Management and Technology

The programme will develop knowledge and skills in scientifically formulating and solving problems and presenting results. The aim is to produce internationally competitive licentiate and doctoral graduates with good knowledge in a broad application area, trained in scientific research methodology and with a high level of specialised competence in the area of their own research work.

Sustainable Systems Analysis is based on the engineering science perspective. The subject includes studies in areas such as increased resource efficiency, transition to renewable energy sources, efficiency improvement of new and existing energy systems, strategic environmental work such as organisational development, innovation and entrepreneurship, the development and dissemination of new environmental technology solutions, and tools and methods for energy and environmental system analyses.

Our research is characterised by a broad system view, where processes involving resources, energy and environmental issues are analysed in the long term with a critical approach. The research joins empirical studies with system-analytical, mathematical, qualitative, quantitative and numerical methods.

The research is internationally recognised and conducted in close collaboration with other universities and research institutes, and in cooperation with companies, authorities and organisations. According to the Swedish Higher Education Authority (UKÄ), our PhD education in this subject area is of high quality. The subject's strong national and international networks offer PhD students good opportunities to become part of an international research community and to conduct their education close to the research front.

Within the framework of the doctoral studies, there are some departmental duties such as participation in basic education. This prepares you for a professional life in academia. Thanks to close collaboration with other actors outside academia within the framework of the doctoral programme, you will also be prepared for a non-academic career and start to build an external network already during your studies.

The programme is offered by two divisions, Energy Systems, and Environmental Technology and Management under the Department of Economic and Industrial Development (IEI). Here you will meet students from many different backgrounds and get the opportunity for doctoral education in a multidisciplinary environment. Teaching takes place in the form of lectures, seminars, group studies and supervision. You actively participate in seminars, guest lectures and conferences.

Study syllabus


New doctors

Graphic illustration of circular economy.

Using cost analysis to bring circularity

Life-cycle cost analysis is a powerful tool to make companies more resource-efficient and enable them to adopt new business models. There are, however, several factors that hinder its use. “Money talks”, says the researcher.

Biogas powered bus in Stockholm

The surprising breadth of biogas

A new dissertation from LiU tries to explain the advantages and disadvantages of biogas use and how decision supportcan be used to give decision-makers a more complete picture of the biogas' versatility.

Visby historical center.

How to energy renovate older residential buildings

A new strategy for the energy renovation of older residential buildings would open opportunities to save energy and money, while reducing impact on the climate. The current guidelines do not take enough consideration of the type of house.

Recent theses

Doctoral studies at Linköping University