Master thesis lab

Each spring, we organise the Challenge Lab “master thesis lab”. In the lab, up to 20 students conduct their master thesis, focusing on sustainability challenges in Gothenburg and the region of West Sweden.


The application period for the master thesis lab opens in September 2018. Those who have studied our corse “SEE025 – Leadership for Sustainability Transitions” have a larger chance of getting accepted to the master thesis lab, since the course lays the foundation for the methodology used in the thesis. If you’ve also studied our recommended course “ENM130 – Managing Stakeholders for Sustainable Development”, then you’ve created a very good basis for your master thesis.


The Challenge Lab master thesis teams are working in a dynamic environment where they are in charge to connect projects, companies and public sector initiatives together with academia to find leverage points in the system – to then suggest and initiate solutions to take all sectors in society forward. We believe that students have an ability that goes beyond what any actor in society can do alone.

The topics are formed through the methodology in the lab and will be aimed in the local and regional context, but transferrable elsewhere.

Challenge Lab methodology – the four steps of sustainability-driven backcasting (Holmberg & Larsson, 2017)

Previous master theses

Interested in precious thesis topics? Have a look at all our previous master theses. You can also search by year: