The Research Group has several externally-financed research projects:

  • Futuring Sustainable Nordic Business Models (Futuring Nordics).  Futuring Sustainable Nordic Business Models is a joint interdisiplinary three years (2019-2021) research group of the Department of Private Law and the Department of Informatics at the University of Oslo. Futuring Nordics is a part of the University of Oslo UiO:Nordic initiative, working in collaboration with ReNEW (Reimagining Norden in an Evolving World) Nordic research hub. The leader of the project is Professor Jukka Mähönen from the Department of Private Law and deputy leaders Associate Professor Maja van der Velden from the Department of Informatics and Professor Beate Sjåfjell from the Department of Private Law.

  • Realizing Corporate Sustainability in a Globalized World (RealSusty). This Project is funded by the UC Berkeley Peder Sather Center for Advanced Study and brings together scholars from the University of Oslo and UC Berkeley in an exploration of prerequisites for corporate sustainability. The Projects leaders are Professor Beate Sjåfjell, University of Oslo and Professor David Vogel, Bercley University. The project will run from September 2018 to June 2019.


  • The project Sustainable Market Actors for Responsible Trade (SMART) has as its overarching objective to do research that will serve to promote global, sustainable development within a circular, low-emission economy compatible with the planetary boundaries and in line with the international development goals. The thematic scope of SMART encompasses products originating wholly or in part in developing countries and sold by businesses in the EU to consumers and procurers in the EU. We will do multilevel, interdisciplinary and international research on barriers and possibilities for contributions to sustainability in the private sector: business, investors and consumers, as well as in the public sector in its many roles as market actor. SMART is funded by the EU’s framework programme for research and innovation Horizon 2020, under the programme INT-4-2015 ‘Europe as a Global Actor: in search of greater policy coherence for development’. The project will run for four years from 1 March 2016, and is coordinated by Beate Sjåfjell.  The SMART Project is supported by the Sustainable Market Actors Network. Scholars interested in being involved, may register their interest through this web form.

The Research Group is always interested in discussing new projects, and interested researchers are encouraged to contact the leader of the Group, Professor Beate Sjåfjell.

Published Jan. 6, 2012 11:38 AM - Last modified Feb. 18, 2019 9:25 AM