Dr. Per-Anders Langendahl

Per-Anders Langendahl
Senior Lecturer in Innovation and the bioeconomy at the Department of economics.


Course director responsible for master and bachelor level courses in Marketing and Innovation management for Sustainability


Dr Langendahl’s research interests are in the management of Innovation. Much of his work is founded upon the view that innovation is a complex socio-technical process. His working assumption is that while in many instances there is not a capacity to control innovation there is nonetheless a capacity to act and shape it to achieve desirable outcomes such as sustainability and competitive advantage. He has explored the management of innovation for sustainability in multiple contexts including firms, sectors and geographical locations such as innovation parks.


Dr Langendahl’s research is thoroughly inter disciplinary and as such he draws on literatures from multiple related fields, such as innovation studies, transition studies, science and technology studies and human geography to gain in depth, useful and compelling insights on innovation. He has experience of using a wide range of qualitative social science methods, including longitudinal case study, work place ethnography, policy analysis, semi structured interviews.


Dr Langendahl has a proven track record of contributing to academic knowledge as evidenced by his strong publication record. He has also worked closely with industrial collaborators and generated contextually relevant insights for a number firms including The William Jackson Food Group, Western Power Distribution, CGI. Current lines of enquiry pursed by Dr Langandahl include:
• Transitions in the electricity sector, most notable the development of smart grids
• Firm focused initiatives to attain a more Circular Bio-Economy
• Food industry innovation Parks – innovation and clustering


Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Sustainability (EIS) Research Group, Department of Economics, Swedish University of Agricultural Science

Visiting Research Fellow, Future Urban Environments, Department of Engineering and Innovation, the Open University 



  • PhD in Innovation Management and Sustainability, Open University, UK
  • MSc in Environmental Mangement for Business, Cranfield University, UK
  • Business Administration, SLU, Sweden  


Marketing Management, Innovation and Sustainability

Publikationer i urval

Articles in refereed journals

Langendahl, P. A., Roby, H., Potter, S., Cook, M. 2019. Smoothing peaks and troughs: intermediary practices to promote demand side response in smart grids. Energy Research & Social Science, vol. 58


Langendahl, P-A., Cook, M., Mark-Herbet, C. (2017) Exploring Gamification in Management Education for Sustainable Development. Creative Education (CE) open source:


Valdez, A. M., Cook, M., Langendahl, P. A., Roby, H. and Potter, S. 2016. Prototyping sustainable mobility practices: user generated data in the smart city. Technology Strategy & Strategic Management, published online, 7 March 2017


Langendahl, P., Cook, M., Potter, S., Roby, H. and Collins T. (2016) Governing Effective and Legitimate Smart Grid Developments, Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers – Energy, vol. 169


Valdez, A., Potter, S., Cook, M., Langendahl, P. (2015) Participatory visions of Smart Transport in Milton Keynes. Proceedings of ICE – engineering Sustainability (in press available online)


Langendahl, P. A., Cook, M., Potter, S. (2014) Sustainable innovation journeys: exploring the dynamics of firm practices as part of transitions to more sustainable food and farming, Local Environment, 21(1): 105-123



Conference contributions – refereed

Langendahl, P. A., Mark-Herbert, C. and Cook, M. 2019. Assembling a Circular Bioeconomy Initiativ. Presented at Nordic Geograhers Meeting (NGM) in Trondheim, Norway, 16-19 June 


Langendahl, P. A., Cook, M., Mark-Herbert, C. (2017) Exploring agriculture in smart urban development: a realistic food supply or middle class indulgence? Presented at CFP – 7th Nordic Geographers Meeting, Stockholm 18-21 June 2017


Potter, S., Valdez, A., Langendahl, P., Cook, M. (2015) Governance in niche development for a transition to a new mobility regime, International Sustainable Transitions and Innovation Conference, University of Sussex. (Extended abstract)


Langendahl, P., Cook, M., Potter, S., Valdez, A., Roby, H., Collins, T., Taylor, D. (2015) Exploring the governance of smart grid developments, 15th International Conference on Technology Policy and Innovation, Open University, Milton Keynes (Extended abstract)


Valdez, A., Cook, M., Potter, S., Langendahl, P. (2015) Toward more sustainable mobility practices in the smart city, NESS, Trondheim, Norway


Langendahl, P., Cook, M., Potter, S. (2014) Social Practice Theory on tour: Venturing Beyond Household Aspects of Smart Grids, Proceedings of the Information and Communication Technology for Sustainability (ICT4S) conference, Workshop ‘A social practice perspective of the smart grid, Stockholm, Sweden, 27 August.


Cook, M., Potter, S., Langendahl, P. (2014) Do smart solutions help create sustainable cities? Sustainable Innovation 2014, Copenhagen, Denmark


Cook, M., Langendahl, P., & Potter, S. Exploring the logic of eco-efficient service design, EASST Conference Copenhagen, Denmark, 2012


Langendahl, P., Cook, M. & Potter, S. Exploring the role of environmental discourses in the twists and turns of innovation journeys, EASST Conference Copenhagen, Denmark, 2012


Potter, S. Cook, M. & Langendahl, P. Displacement by default: mission creep in smart grid design, EASST Conference Copenhagen, Denmark, 2012


Langendahl, P., Cook, M. & Potter, S. Towards a New Understanding of Environmental Innovation. Sustainable Innovation 2011, Farnham, United Kingdom, 8th -9th November 2011.


Langendahl, P., Cook, M. & Potter, S. Analysing the Eco-Innovation Process in a UK food Processing Firm, Sustainable Innovation 2010, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 8th -9th November 2010.


Langendahl, P., Potter, S. & Cook, M. Exploring the Eco-Innovation Journey in a Firm from the UK Food Processing Context EASST Conference Trento, Italy 1st – 4th September, 2010


Official reports


Langendahl, P., Mark-Herbert, C., Cook, M. (2016) Gamification in Higher

Education: Toward a pedagogy to engage and motivate students, SLU, Uppsala,



Cook, M., Langendahl, P., Roby, H., Collins, T., Potter, S. (2015) Final Report

Reappraisal of Stakeholder Engagement in Project FALCON, Open University,



Langendahl, P., Cook, M., Roby, H., Collins, T., Potter, S. (2015) Stakeholder

Engagement in Project FALCON: Method and Key Findings


Cook, M., Langendahl, P., Roby, H., Collins, T., Potter, S. (2014) Reappraisal of

Stakeholder Engagement in Project FALC


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