Magnus Jiborn

Magnus Jiborn

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Research

My current research focuses on principles for environmental impact accounting, for example national carbon accounting, in the context of international trade, and the relation between environmental impact and economic growth. Together with some colleagues, I have developed a new indicator that enables countries to keep track on how their exports and imports affect emissions abroad, to secure that domestic climate mitigation efforts are converted into reductions of global emissions and not offset by carbon leakage. Other research interests include game theoretical and evolutionary approaches to moral norms and political legitimacy.

Teaching

I teach Ethics at the MSc-programme in Management at Lund School of Economics and also at the course Sustainable development at the Department of Economic History. Previously I have been teaching several different courses at all levels in Practical Philosophy at Lund University: Ethics, Political Philosophy, Meta-ethics, Game Theory, Phiosophical methods, supervising and examination of Bachelor and Master theses. In addition, I have been teaching Peace and Conflict Studies at Lund University.

 

Teaching philosophy 

I am currently teaching Ethics at the MSc in Management at the Lund University School of Economics, and also part of a course in Sustainable development at the Department of Economic History. The course element in Sustainable development is intimately linked to  my own ongoing research, and focuses on the relation between environmental impact and economic development, and how to account for flows of carbon emissions embodied in international trade.

Previously I have been teaching several different courses at all levels in Practical Philosophy at Lund University: Ethics, Political Philosophy, Meta-ethics, Game Theory, Philosophical method, supervising and examination of Bachelor and Master theses. In addition, I have been teaching Peace and Conflict Studies at Lund University.

The Ethics course is largely structured around real life cases, some of which are drawn from own experience from consulting and management practice (see below), others from media coverage. The focus of my teaching is to get students to understand and reflect on how moral norms influence the conditions for successful management, and their ability to reason about morally loaded decision problems and to motivate their decisions in moral terms. Theoretical elements are chosen by relevance for management practice.

Outreach

Our research on principles for carbon accounting has great policy relevance, and I have therefore participated in the climate mitigation debate, through opinion pieces in the media, public lectures, panel discussions and direct contacts with politicians, civil servants, organisations and business. I also participate regularly in national radio and TV, and have written numerous op-eds and columns in Swedish press.

Professional work

Besides from my academic career, I have been working as chairman of the Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society – the world’s oldest and Sweden’s largest peace organization. I have been a member of the Swedish Foreign Minister’s Council for Peace and Security Operations, a board member of the Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation, consultant at Westander PR, and editor, editorial writer and columnist at the regional newspaper Sydsvenskan. Since 2011 I work part time in my own consultancy firm and is co-founder and partner of a consultancy firm working with assignments in the interface between academy, business and politics. I am also co-founder and partner of a windpower company developing a 500MW offshore windfarm off the Swedish south coast. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

UKÄ subject classification

  • Economic History

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