Barry NessSenior Lecturer, PhD

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Social Sciences


  • Sustainability Science, Entrepreneurship, Transdisciplinarity


Docent: Feb 2016


Barry Ness is an associate professor at the Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS) and is the first to receive a PhD in sustainaiblity science. He is the director of studies for PhD research at LUCSUS. He is the for the journal, Challenges in Sustainbility (Librello Publishing). Furthermore, Barry is a member of the LUCID research school. He holds a Master's degree in environmental studies and sustianbility science (LUMES) from Lund University, and a Bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Minnesota. Barry is born and raised in Minnesota, but has lived in Sweden since 1999.

Barry's research interests are diverse. Present research interests include inter- and transdisciplinary approaches for both comprehending and addressing complex sustainability challenges, particularly how they can be used to improve the sustainability of the craft beer production and consumption systems. Barry has also been active in research on  how simple, sustainable technologies can be more effectively in rural areas in sub-Saharan Africa. His PhD research concentrated on the myriad tools that exist for assessing sustianability, conceptualizing complex sustianability challenges based on scale and cross-scale interactions via the case of the Swedish sugar production system. Early research included socio-economic analyses of municipal waste treatment systems, waste water treatment systems, and quantitative and qualitative modelling of food commodity systems.


Barry is active in teaching in a variety of sustainability-related courses and topics. He is course coordinator for the the sustianbility science and the eneergy & sustianability courses in the LUMES graduate program. He also is the course coordinator and/or lecturer in courses at the PhD level, including courses on paticipatory methods and research ethics.

Recent research outputs

Ebba Brink, Christine Wamsler, Adolfsson, M., Axelsson, M., Beery, T., Björn, H., Torleif Bramryd, Ekelund, N., Jephson, T., Narvelo, W., Barry Ness, Jönsson, K. I., Palo, T., Sjeldrup, M., Sanna Stålhammar & Thiere, G. 2018 Apr 29 In : Sustainability Science. 13, 3, p. 765-784 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Kudo, S., Mursaleen, H., Barry Ness & Nagao, M. 2018 Apr 12 In : Sustainability. 10, 4, 14 p., 1155

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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