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Cecilia Enberg

Associate Professor

My research interest is to understand the positions of various actors in a polycentric landscape of climate governance. I teach at the HR programs and work as a pedagogical developer with a particular focus on education for sustainable development.

My research forms around an interest to understand the role of different actors in climate transformation. Some of the questions that I am curious about and try to understand in my research are: In what ways do companies work to reduce their negative climate impact? What are the main drivers of companies’ climate work? How do different actors, such as companies, authorities, and politicians, view their own and other actors’ roles in climate transformation? In what way are their various initiatives in dealing with the climate transformation interrelated?

The role of companies in climate work

Many actors, from single individuals to supranational organisations, need to cooperate if the world is to achieve the target of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius – something that most nations of the world agreed to do as part of the Paris Agreement. In Sweden, like at many other places of the world, companies are responsible for a large share of greenhouse gas emissions, and they therefore also have an important role in climate work. Hence, it is common that policies to increase the pace in the climate transformation are targeted to companies. But companies are not passive recipients of the policy instruments targeting them but active agents who take on their own initiatives as part of the climate transformation. So, how to the companies actually relate to the policies and investments targeting them? In what ways, if any, are the policy instruments aimed at increasing the speed of climate transformation, aligned to the ongoing climate work among companies? In what way do they impact on their climate work? Do they? Which other actors do the companies consider important as drivers of their climate work? Questions such as these are important to research in order to understand the opportunities and challenges of climate governance. They are also important to understand how climate transformation emerges from a myriad of initiatives that might be interconnected in different ways and that are launched by different actors.

Previous research: Knowledge and learning in project-based organizations.

I have previously conducted research on knowledge and learning in project-based organizations and my research has focused (e.g.) knowledge integration in product development projects and sustained disciplinary expertise in project-based organizations where employees conduct their work in interdisciplinary project teams. I have also studied the role of conflicts in knowledge integration processes and inter-project learning.



Cecilia Enberg (2023) Att undervisa för hållbar utveckling Högre Utbildning, Vol. 13, p. 13-16 Continue to DOI
Kajsa-Stina Benulic, Cecilia Enberg, Anna Ljung, Victoria Wibeck (2023) Why firms do not expect climate policies to have the intended effects - positioning in a polycentric governance landscape Journal of Environmental Planning and Management Continue to DOI


Cecilia Enberg, Anders Ahlbäck, Edvin Nordell (2021) Green recovery packages: a boost for environmental and climate work in the Swedish construction and building industry?


Ola Leifler, Cecilia Enberg (2020) Introduction to the thematic collection Högre Utbildning, Vol. 10, p. 50-64 Continue to DOI
Marie Bengtsson, Cecilia Enberg, Fredrik Tell (2020) Foolishness without consequence? From physical to virtual modeling in the history of military aircraft development at Saab Industrial and Corporate Change, Vol. 29, p. 163-181 Continue to DOI


Short facts


  • 2009 Senior Lecturer in Business Administration, Linköping University.
  • 2007 PhD in Business Administration, Linköping University
  • 2000 Master of Business Administration, Linköping University


  • Bachelor´s Programme in Human Resources
  • Master´s Programme in Human Resource