John Holmberg

Professor at Department of Energy and Environment, Physical Resource Theory

John Holmberg is professor of Physical Resource Theory and he also holds Sweden's first UNESCO Chair in Education for Sustainable Development. He is a member of the board of Swentec, Swedish Environmental Technology Council, since 2008; member of UNESCO expert panel for the UN Decade for Education for Sustainable Development since 2006; member of the editorial board to the International Journal of Industrial Ecology since 2005; member of the European Commission's expert panel for eco-innovations in the EU, 2006-2008.John Holmberg’s main research interests are sustainable consumption, energy efficiency, industrial ecology, decoupling, back-casting, principles and indicators for sustainability and education for sustainable development (ESD).

Source: chalmers.se

Projects

2013–2017

Well-being in sustainable cities: Exploring new paths toward low-carbon futures

John Holmberg Department of Energy and Environment, Physical Resource Theory
Formas

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Publications

2016

Learning Outcomes in Challenge Based Master’s Theses for Sustainable Development

Kamilla Kohn, Ulrika Lundqvist, Johan Malmqvist et al
Chalmers' 6th Conference on teaching and learning (KUL), January 12, 2016, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden, p. 5-8
Conference paper - peer reviewed
2016

Students guiding societal transitions - examples from Challenge Lab at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden

John Holmberg, Johan Larsson, David Andersson et al
8th Conference on Engineering Education for Sustainable Development (EESD) in Bruges, Belgium
Conference paper - peer reviewed
2016

Reflections on evaluating Challenge Lab by applying a proposed scheme for Sustainability Transition Experiments

David Andersson, John Holmberg, Johan Larsson et al
IST 2016 Book of Conference Papers
Conference paper - peer reviewed
2016

Backcasting from sustainability principles – a case from a regional climate policy process in West Sweden

Johan Larsson, John Holmberg,
IST 2016 Book of Conference Papers
Conference paper - peer reviewed
2016

Dealing with the multidimensionality of sustainability through the use of multiple perspectives – a theoretical framework

Johanna Lönngren, Magdalena Svanström, Åke Ingerman et al
European Journal of Engineering Education. Vol. 41 (3), p. 342-352
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2015

Challenge Lab: A transformative and integrative approach for sustainability transitions

John Holmberg, Johan Larsson, David Andersson et al
The International Sustainability Transitions Conference (IST 2015) at the University of Sussex (UK)
Conference paper - peer reviewed
2015

Learning Outcomes in Challenge Based Master’s Theses for Sustainable Development at Chalmers University of Technology

Kamilla Kohn, Ulrika Lundqvist, Johan Malmqvist et al
Proceedings from Ingenjörsutbildningarnas Utvecklingskonferens 2015, Uppsala, Sweden
Conference paper - non peer reviewed
2015

Nu krävs kraftfulla åtgärder mot nötkött och flygresor

David Andersson, Christian Azar, Anders Biel et al
Dagens Nyheter. Vol. 2015-02-27
Journal article - popular science
2015

LRF och Svenskt flyg svarar inte om klimatmålen

David Andersson, Fredrik Hedenus, Anders Biel et al
Dagens Nyheter
Journal article - popular science
2015

Förändringar för mer hållbara konsumtionsmönster

Jörgen Larsson, Jonas Nässén, John Holmberg et al
Hållbara konsumtionsmönster – analyser av maten, flyget och den totala konsumtionens klimatpåverkan idag och 2050. Jörgen Larsson (red.), p. 44-52
Chapter in monograph, book
2015

Explaining the Variation in Greenhouse Gas Emissions Between Households: Socioeconomic, Motivational, and Physical Factors

Jonas Nässén, David Andersson, Jörgen Larsson et al
Journal of Industrial Ecology. Vol. 19 (3), p. 480-489
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2014

Transformative learning and leadership for a sustainable future: Challenge Lab at Chalmers University of Technology

John Holmberg,
Intergenerational learning and transformative leadership for sustainable futures. Wageningen Academic Publishers. , p. 91-102
Chapter in monograph, book
2014

Backcasting - What is a sustainable future and how do we reach it?

Sverker Alänge, John Holmberg,
Chapter 5 in Alänge, Sverker & Lundqvist, Mats eds. (2014) Sustainable Business Development: Frameworks for Idea Evaluation and Cases of Realized Ideas, Chalmers University Press, Gothenburg, p. 63-69
Chapter in monograph, book
2014

Transformative learning and leadership for a sustainable future

John Holmberg,
Corcoran, P. B. and B. P. Hollingshead (Eds.). Intergenerational Learning and Transformative Leadership for Sustainable Futures. Wageningen, The Netherlands: Wageningen Academic Publishers, 2014. , p. 431
Chapter in monograph, book
2014

Greenhouse gas emissions and subjective well-being: An analysis of Swedish households

David Andersson, Jonas Nässén, Jörgen Larsson et al
Ecological Economics. Vol. 102, p. 75-82
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2013

Mistra Urban Futures: a living laboratory for urban transformations

Merritt Polk, Jaan-Henrik Kain, John Holmberg et al
Regenerative Sustainable Development of Universities and Cities: The Role of Living Laboratories, p. 173-193
Chapter in monograph, book
2013

On the potential trade-offs between energy supply and end-use technologies for residential heating

Jonas Nässén, John Holmberg,
Energy Policy. Vol. 59, p. 470-480
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2013

Experiences from an International Training Programme on ESD in Higher Education at Chalmers University of Technology

Ulrika Lundqvist, John Holmberg,
Konferensproceedings Engineering Education for Sustainable Development 2013 (EESD13), Cambridge 22-25 September 2013, p. 254-261
Conference paper - peer reviewed
2013

Backcasting - What is a sustainable future and how do we reach it?

Sverker Alänge, John Holmberg,
Chapter 5 in Alänge, Sverker & Lundqvist, Mats eds. (2013) Sustainable Business Development: Frameworks for Idea Evaluation and Cases of Realized Ideas, Chalmers University Press, Gothenburg, p. 59-65
Chapter in monograph, book
2012

The university and transformation towards sustainability: The strategy used at Chalmers University of Technology

John Holmberg, Ulrika Lundqvist, Magdalena Svanström et al
International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education. Vol. 13 (3), p. 219-231
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2012

Low-carbon transitions and the good life

John Holmberg, Jörgen Larsson, Jonas Nässén et al
Report
2012

Concrete vs. wood in buildings - An energy system approach

Jonas Nässén, Fredrik Hedenus, Sten Karlsson et al
Building and Environment. Vol. 51, p. 361-369
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2011

Price and income induced rebound effects of improved energy efficiency in Swedish households – with comments on materials efficiency

Jonas Nässén, John Holmberg,
International Economics of Resource Efficiency: Eco-Innovation Policies for a Green Economy, p. 235-252
Chapter in monograph, book
2011

Well-being the path out of the consumption-climate dilemma?

John Holmberg, Jonas Nässén,
Ekström K., Glans K., (eds): Beyond the Consumption Bubble, p. 221-235
Chapter in monograph, book
2011

Klimatomställningen och det goda livet

John Holmberg, Jörgen Larsson, Jonas Nässén et al
Report
2009

The effect of work hours on energy use: A micro-analysis of time and income effects

Jonas Nässén, Jörgen Larsson, John Holmberg et al
ECEEE proceedings: summer study 2009 (Panel 8), p. 1801-1809
Conference paper - peer reviewed
2009

Quantifying the rebound effects of energy efficiency improvements and energy conserving behaviour in Sweden

Jonas Nässén, John Holmberg,
Energy Efficiency. Vol. 2 (3), p. 221-231
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2008

Stagnating energy efficiency in the Swedish building sector--Economic and organisational explanations

Jonas Nässén, Frances Sprei, John Holmberg et al
Energy Policy. Vol. 36 (10), p. 3814-3822
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2008

To address the quality of engineering education for sustainable development – experiences from Chalmers university of technology

Magdalena Svanström, Ulrika Lundqvist, Marie Arehag et al
Proceedings to Engineering Education in Sustainable Development 2008
Conference paper - non peer reviewed
2008

Better performance or lower fuel consumption. Technological development in the Swedish new-car fleet 1975-2002.

Frances Sprei, Sten Karlsson, John Holmberg et al
Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment. Vol. 13 (2), p. 75-85
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2008

Embedding sustainability in higher education through interaction with lecturers: Case studies from three European technical universities

John Holmberg, Magdalena Svanström, Dirk-Jan Peet et al
European Journal of Engineering Education. Vol. 33 (3), p. 271-282
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2007

10 miljarder lyckliga planetskötare

John Holmberg, Jonas Nässén,
Konsumera mera –dyrköpt lycka, Formas Fokuserar, p. 135-147
Chapter in monograph, book - popular science
2007

Direct and indirect energy use and carbon emissions in the production phase of buildings: An input–output analysis

Jonas Nässén, John Holmberg, Anders Wadeskog et al
Energy. Vol. 32 (9), p. 1593-1602
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2007

Direct and indirect energy use and carbon emissions in the production phase of buildings: An input-output analysis

J. Nassen, John Holmberg, A. Wadeskog et al
Energy. Vol. 32 (9), p. 1593-1602
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2007

Strategies and Practices for Sustainability: Experiences from Firm Level

Sverker Alänge, John Holmberg, Ulrika Lundqvist et al
10th International QMOD Conference at Campus Helsingborg, Lund University, June 18-20, 2007, Lund
Conference paper - peer reviewed
2006

Samband mellan energieffektivisering och övergripande mål

John Holmberg, Jonas Nässén,
Report
2006

Quantifying the Rebound Effects of Energy Efficiency and Energy Conserving Behaviour in Sweden

Jonas Nässén, John Holmberg,
Proceedings of ACEEE Summer Study. Vol. 2006 (Panel 7, Paper 16)
Conference paper - peer reviewed
2006

Experiences from Energy Efficiency Policies in Sweden During the Last 30 Years - Looking at the Building Sector

Frances Sprei, Jonas Nässén, John Holmberg et al
Proceeding for 2006 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings
Conference paper - peer reviewed
2006

Strategic planning towards sustainability - An approach applied on a company level

Ulrika Lundqvist, Sverker Alänge, John Holmberg et al
Report
2005

Energianvändning i bebyggelsen – vad är det som styr?

John Holmberg, Jonas Nässén,
Energi och Bebyggelse – teknik och politik, Forskningsrådet för miljö, areella näringar och samhällsbyggande, p. 112-118
Chapter in monograph, book - popular science
2005

The societal metabolism.

Sten Karlsson, John Holmberg,
H. Brattebö (ed), Introduction to industrial ecology, MIT Press
Chapter in monograph, book
2005

Energy efficiency - a forgotten goal in the Swedish building sector?

Jonas Nässén, John Holmberg,
Energy Policy. Vol. 33, p. 1037-1051
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2004

Energieffektivitet i bebyggelsen

John Holmberg, Jonas Nässén,
Blücher G., Graninger G. (red.), Krävs energi i samhällsplaneringen?, Stiftelsen Vadstena Forum för samhällsbyggande, p. 195-202
Chapter in monograph, book
2004

Barriers to energy efficient new-construction

Jonas Nässén, John Holmberg,
Energy & Society: Proceedings of the 10th International Conference, 3rd-6th May 2004, Lisbon, p. 69-73
Conference paper - non peer reviewed
2004

Perfomance Targets - Clean, Clever and Competetive

Dan Strömberg, R Kemp, John Holmberg et al
Report
2004

Energy Sector Background Study - POPA CTDA

Anders Ahlbäck, Dan Strömberg, Jonas Nässen et al
Report
2004

From Here to Sustainability – Is the Lisbon/Göteborg agenda delivering?

Bo Samuelsson, Christian Azar, John Holmberg et al
Report
2004

Future Redistribution of Cadmium to Arable Swedish Soils A Substance Stock Analysis

Sten Karlsson, Fredrik Fredrikson, John Holmberg et al
Journal of Industrial Ecology. Vol. 8 (4), p. 41-57
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2001

Materials for the Global Environment: Waste Mining in the 21st Century.

Robert U. Ayres, John Holmberg, Björn A. Andersson et al
MRS Bulletin. Vol. 26 (6), p. 477-480
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2000

Backcasting - a framework for Strategic Planning

John Holmberg, Karl-Henrik Robèrt,
International Journal of Sustainable Development, World Ecology. Vol. 7, p. 291-308
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
1998

Backcasting — a natural step when operationalising sustainable development.

John Holmberg,
Greener Management International Greener Management International. — the Journal of Corporate Environmental Strategy and Practice (23), p. 30-51
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
1998

Materials constraints in a global energy scenario based on thin-film solar cells

Björn A. Andersson, Christian Azar, John Holmberg et al
Energy in the International Journal. Vol. 23, p. 407-411
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
1997

Constant Quota versus Constant Effort Harvesting.

Christian Azar, Kristian Lindgren, John Holmberg et al
Environmental and Resource Economics. Vol. 7, p. 193-196
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
1996

Socio-ecological Indicators for Sustainability.

Christian Azar, John Holmberg, Kristian Lindgren et al
Ecological Economics. Vol. 18, p. 89-112
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
1995

Stability Analysis of Harvesting in a Predator-Prey Model.

Christian Azar, John Holmberg, Kristian Lindgren et al
Journal of Theoretical Biology. Vol. 174, p. 13-19
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
1995

Defining the Generational Environmental Debt.

Christian Azar, John Holmberg,
Ecological Economics. Vol. 14, p. 7-19
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
1994

Materials Flows: On the metabolism of the industrial society in a sustainability perspective

Sten Karlsson, Christian Azar, Karl-Erik Eriksson et al
Report
1994

An environmental tax-shift with indirect desirable effects

Tomas Kåberger, John Holmberg, Stefan Wirsenius et al
International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology. Vol. 1, p. 250-258
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
1992

Resursteoretiska principer för en bärkraftig utveckling

John Holmberg,
Licentiate thesis