Kes Mccormick

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I am an Associate Professor at the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE) at Lund University, Sweden. With a background in political science and environmental science, and 20 years of academic and management experience, I engage in a combination of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research, education and communication activities. I work in the fields of sustainability, governance, innovation and cities. I coordinate the City Futures Academy - an online learning community on sustainable cities.

I am the most downloaded author at Lund University. Since 2004, I have produced over 115 publications (with more than 250,000 downloads and 5000 citations) in a diversity of formats and presented at 50 international conferences. I have published several edited books and special issues with colleagues including Urban Living Labs (Routledge 2018), Smart and Sustainable Cities (Local Environment 2019) and Advancing Sustainable Urban Transformation (Journal of Cleaner Production 2013).

I have participated in international, European, Swedish and Australian research and innovation projects. I am the coordinator for Massive Urban Missions (STEM) and a participant in Transform (SSHRC), Viable Cities (STEM) and Narrating Climate Futures (LU). I am also on the advisory groups for Circular X (ERC), Accelerating Sustainable Finance in Cities (STEM) and Sustainability Transformation Pathways (ARC). I was the coordinator for GUST (JPI Urban Europe) and Sharing Cities Sweden (VINNOVA), and I was on the management teams for Naturvation (H2020) and Urban Nature (FORMAS).

I am a teacher and course coordinator in international Masters programs and I have supervised over 50 Masters candidates in thesis research. I am a lead teacher in 4 Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on greening the economy, sustainable cities, urban nature and sharing cities. To date, over 120,000 learners have participated in the MOOCs. I am developing further MOOCs as well as leading the City Futures Academy that brings together MOOCs on sustainable cities.

UKÄ subject classification

  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
  • Political Science
  • Environmental Sciences


  • Sustainability
  • Governance
  • Cities


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