Heather Schoonover

Doctoral Student, Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, MBA

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Environmental Management
  • Business Administration
  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
  • Environmental Sciences

Keywords

  • sustainability science, ecosystem services, sustainable agriculture, food systems, corporate sustainability, sustainable business models, consumer behaviour, branding, policy analysis

Research

I am currently a PhD researcher at Lund University's International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE). I work within the Mistra project Sustainable Consumption Governance: From Niche to Mainstream, which aims to facilitate a transition to sustainable consumption practices in the areas of food, furnishings and vacation travel. The project brings together researchers, businesses, policy makers, NGOs, and other societal partners to explore business models, policy mechanisms and consumer behaviors that can help bring current niche sustainable practices into the mainstream.

During my time at the Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS) I was part of the EU Project OPERAs (Operational Potential of Ecosystem Research Applications), which brought together academic, civil society and private partners to better integrate the concepts of ecosystem services and natural capital into policy and practice. 

My past research has focused on sustainable food systems, including links between agriculture and public health; food access in low-income communities; and agriculture and climate change. 

Teaching

I was previously the course coordinator for the Earth Systems Science course taken by students in Lund University's International Master’s Programme in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science, where I led sessions on ecosystem services, climate change negotiations, and quantitative analysis. 

Professional work

Prior to joining Lund University I worked in both the private and NGO sectors, including on the sustainability team at Starbucks Coffee Company and as a policy analyst examining sustainable food, farm and trade systems at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy.

Societal impact

My passion lies in bringing together different sectors, disciplines and perspectives to address complex societal challenges.