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CIRCLE is headed by a board, which makes formal decisions on strategy, plans and budget. The centre is advised by an international advisory board which serves as a speaking partner to the management team which manages the operational activities.

Management team


Markus Grillitsch, Associate Professor in Economic Geography, Social Sciences

Deputy Director

Magnus Nilsson, Associate Professor in Business Administration, Lund University School of Economics and Management

Faculty Coordinators

  • Social Sciences: Josephine Rekers, Associate Professor in Human Geography
  • Lund University School of Economics and Management: Pauline Mattsson, Senior lecturer in Research Policy
  • Faculty of Engineering: Torben Schubert, Associate Professor in Innovation Management


  • Joakim Gullstrand, Dean, Lund University School of Economics and Management (Chair person)
  • Annika Olsson, Dean, LTH
  • Agnes Andersson, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Diamanto Politis, Director of Sten K. Johnson Centre for Entrepreneurship
  • Fredrik Nilsson, Deputy Dean, Design Sciences
  • Richard Gullstrand, Deputy Head of Regional Development, Region Skåne
  • Johan Eklund, Chief economist, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Southern Sweden
  • Cecilia Garcia Chavez, Student representative
  • Markus Grillitsch, Director, CIRCLE
  • Magnus Nilsson, Deputy Director, CIRCLE
  • Annika Ralfs, Student representative

International advisory board

  • Anna Bergek, Professor at Environmental Systems Analysis/Technology Management and Economics, Chalmers, Sweden
  • Susana Borrás, Professor at the Department of Organization at Copenhagen Business School (CBS), Denmark
  • Jakob Edler, Professor and Executive Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI, Germany, and Professor of Innovation Policy and Strategy at the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR), UK
  • Markku Sotarauta, Professor, Faculty of Management and Business, Tampere University, Finland
  • Roger Sørheim, Professor, Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway
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