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RobLundmark LTUx400Economist Robert Lundmark will be heading the R&D platform Bio4Energy System Analysis and Bioeconomy. Photo by courtesy of the Luleå University of Technology.The research and development platform Bio4Energy System Analysis and Bioeconomy has a new leader.

In so doing, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., professor of Economics at the Luleå University of Technology, is taking over the reins of an all-important entity in Bio4Energy—made up of 30 researchers at three universities—whose members have the responsibility to assess whether the R&D carried out by the rest of the research environment are economically, environmentally and socially sustainable.

“You could say that our role is to highlight results from the other Bio4Energy platforms [that develop biorefinery technologies] and put them in a system’s context. Conversely, we put research questions and are able to suggest avenues of research for the other platforms. It is give and take”, Lundmark said.

Unlike his colleague and predecessor, LTU professor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Lundmark is an economist, but with a focus on natural resources.

“My focal area is the interface between forest and energy issues, assessing the cost of various uses of forest raw materials and bioenergy”.

Having clinched his PhD at LTU in northern Sweden, Lundmark went onto undertake postdoctoral studies at the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis in Austria. Northern Sweden wanted him back, however. Lundmark became senior lecturer at the university from which he had graduated, promoted in 2011 to be a professor.

He has been part of Bio4Energy from the start in 2010, and was a member of the previous Process Integration Platform, for the first five years.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., on the same R&D platform but at Umeå University, will second him and be a coordinator for platform researchers based at Umeå.

What does he think of his increased responsibility and new role as a Bio4Energy platform leader?

“I’m excited to take on this role and become more deeply involved in the work of the platform. It gives me the possibility to be part of setting the direction for the work, together with the other platform members. Notably, I want to be part of developing Bio4Energy strategically [to pave the way for] a third programme period and a programme description that is line with what decision-makers really want”, Lundmark said.

He will also take over the reins of one of the two generic courses in the Bio4Energy Graduate School on the Innovative Use of Biomass, in which PhD and postdoctoral researchers learn to put their own work in system's context. It is called Systems' Perspectives on Biomass Resources and starts for the third time in October this year.

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