Laura Albareda

Laura Albareda
Full professor (tenured)
Business Studies
LUT Business School
Research areas
Business, Management and Accounting


Laura Albareda is Professor of Sustainable Business and Entrepreneurship at LUT Business School. Her research focuses on business collective action and institutional theory, commons organizing – commoning – and polycentric governance. In so doing, she studies business-nature regeneration, climate futures and circular economy. Laura is lead researcher of the project “Action4Commons” (2022-2025) funded by Research Council of Finland, with the goal to theorize on collective stakeholder action, while study business and biodiversity in the mining and circular economy. She sits on the board of the “Sustainable Circularity of Inorganic Materials Research Platform” (SCI-MAT) at LUT University where she leads the research team on sustainable and circular business models and value chains. Laura is also principal researcher of two EU Horizon Europe projects, RELIEF and REINFORCE, on sustainable mobility transitions and electrification exploring circular business models of Lithium-Ion Batteries for electrical cars, and the EU Horizon PRIMED project on sustainable business models in the bioeconomy studying living labs of organic waste and bioproducts in five EU countries. Previously, she has been assistant professor at Deusto Business School (where she is still visiting professor) and lecturer at ESADE Business School and post-doctoral fellow at Boston College. Her research on Polycentric governance of privately owned resources in circular economy systems published at the Journal of Management Studies has been awarded by the Dexter Award Best International Paper (2019) Best Business Ethics Paper (2019) at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting and the Distinguished Winner of Responsible Research in Management Award (2023), co-sponsored by the Academy of Management Fellows Group and the Community for Responsible Research in Business and Management (RRBM).  She is co-editor of the book: Innovation for Sustainability: Business Transformation Towards a Better World (2019).

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