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


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


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: 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. 

Prior to joining the IIIEE, I was a researcher at the Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS), where I was part of the EU Project OPERAs (Operational Potential of Ecosystem Research Applications). OPERAs 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. 


I currently teach in several courses offered by the IIIEE, including Management, Sustainability and Business Value Creation; Environmental Management & Policy in Practice - Internship Course; and Greening the Economy - Lessons from Scandinavia. I have also taught in LUCSUS' Earth Systems Science course.

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.

Recent research outputs

Matthias Lehner, Heather Schoonover, Oksana Mont, Karen Bradley, A. Kamb & Åsa Svenfelt, 2019 Feb 4, Stockholm: KTH : Mistra Sustainable Consumption. 32 p.

Research output: Book/ReportReport

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