A quest for a sustainable future

Associate professor Mattias Lindahl is among the top internationally-recognised scholars in the areas of Ecodesign and Product Service Systems (PSS). He has conducted research and teaching in EcoDesign since 1997, and research and teaching in Integrated Product Service Engineering (IPSE) also often called PSS since 1999.

Linköping University (LiU) has held a strong position for many years in the PSS area, and is currently the second-ranked university in Europe and among the top 4 in the world in PSS. LiU employs three of the top 10 most productive and influential researchers in PSS and Mattias is one of them.

Most of his PSS and EcoDesign research has been in cooperation with companies. Mattias is one of the initiator of the memorandum of understanding “Toward a More Competitive, Sustainable and Attractive Sweden” signed by five representatives of heavy industrial enterprises. He is also a project leader for several major research projects. 

Mattias has been involved in the writing of the ISO 14006 (2001) EcoDesign standard, where he was the chairman of the Swedish committee, and the main technical expert in the development of the content. 

He is also the EcoDesign subject editor for the Journal of Cleaner Production.

Over his career he has developed more than fifteen courses and taken a major part in the development of three engineering programmes.

Areas of Specialisation

  • Ecodesign, 
  • Product Development,
  • Product Service Systems (PSS),
  • Integrated Product and Service Engineering (IPSE),
  • Service Engineering.

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Academic merits

  • Associate Professor, Environmental System Analysis and Environmental Management, Department of Management and Engineering, Linköping University, 2010
  • PhD, Industrial Engineering and Management, Department of Machine Design, Royal Institute of Technology, 2005
  • Tech. Lic, Industrial Ecology, Dept. of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Royal Institute of Technology, 2000
  • Environmental Technology for Engineers, 40 credits, Department of Technology, University of Kalmar, 1995
  • BS, Industrial Engineering, Department of Technology, University of Kalmar, 1995


  • CIRP Industrial Product-Service Systems Conference 2013 Best Paper Award, Bochum, Germany
  • Highly Commended Paper at the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2010 for Sundin, E., Lindahl, M., Ijomah, W. (2009) Product Design for Product/Service Systems: design experiences from Swedish industry. Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management 20(5): 723-753
  • Award from Sveriges Ingenjörers miljöfond 2010
  • Award from Konung Carl XVI Gustafs 50-årsfond 2007
  • Award from Jubileumsanslaget from Knut och Alice Wallenbergs Stiftelse 2007
  • Award from Civilingenjörsförbundets miljöfond 2006
  • EcoDesign 2001 Best Paper Award, Tokyo, Japan


  • Member of Design Society (2009- )
  • Member of Design Society’s Special Interest Group in Ecodesign and former board member in the Steering committee, cofounder (2005- )
  • Member of the International PSS Design Research Community, co-founder, (2006- )

Evaluation Committees and Opponent Assignments

  • 2014-05-01 – Evaluation Committee member for Ph.D. Student Feng Zhang, Intégration des considérations environnementales en entreprise: Une approche systémique pour la mise en place de feuilles de routes, Grenoble Institute of Technology, France
  • 2013-12-20 – Licentiate opponent for Ph.D. Student Sofia Poulikidou, Integration of Design for Environment in the vehicle manufacturing industry in Sweden: Focus on practices and tools, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • 2013-06-14 – Licentiate opponent for Ph.D. Student Rafael Laurenti, Applications of Systems Thinking within the Sustainability Domain: Product Design, Product Systems and Stakeholder Perspectives, Industrial Ecology, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden.
  • 2013 – Served as External Evaluation Examiner for the thesis examination of Ph.D. Student Raja Ariffin bin Raja Ghazilla, An Environmental Friendly Design Methodology for Connector Selection, University of Malaya, Malaysia
  • 2012-12-11 – Licentiate opponent for Ph.D. Student Shahin Mokhlesian, Green changes in construction business models - supplier selection, Department of Service Management, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
  • 2010-01-15 – Licentiate opponent for Ph.D. Student Martin Kurdve, Liquid management services in the metalworking industry, IIIEE, Lund Univeristy, Sweden

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