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Erik Melin

Erik Melin
Lecturer and PhD candidate in business administration at the Department of Economics. Erik's main subjects are entrepreneurship, organisation, leadership and sustainable development.


Erik works with teaching, research, and pedagogical development.


To date, Erik has participated in around 80 courses within and outside the Department of Economics. He currently runs the following courses:

  • Introductory course in business administration and sustainable development (FÖ0481), 7.5 credits
  • Leadership and sustainability (FÖ0421), 15 credits

He also teaches on several other courses, and supervises theses.

In addition to teaching, Erik works with pedagogical development at course level, programme level and university level:

  • MOTT - Marketing and Organization teaching track (2018–present): Erik functions as one of two chairs of MOTT, a teaching track in marketing and organisation which in 2021 won SLU's educational award.
  • PRME – Principles for Responsible Management Education (2018–present): PRME is a global UN initiative for higher education institutions that aims to promote corporate sustainability and social responsibility; as well as incorporating universal values into curricula and research. Erik works with strategic issues linked to PRME at the Department of Economics - something that e.g. includes development, execution and follow-up of goals for research, education and outreach.
  • SCABM – The Swedish Centre for Agricultural Business Management (2018–present): SCABM is a collaborative platform that links SLU's research and education with the business world, within the subject of business management. Erik works here on developing business skills for students who specialise in fields other than business administration.
  • Organisation of "Innovation and entrepreneurship in education" (2021): at SLU's educational conference 2021, Erik, together with e.g. SLU Future Food, organised a workshop entitled "Innovation and entrepreneurship in education". This initiative was seen as a first step in the work to establish an educational platform at SLU that could facilitate students' work with various future competencies, e.g. creativity, critical thinking and the ability to work in groups.
  • Project management of the "Flipped classroom project" (2018–2020): Erik acted as project manager for this project, which aimed to develop a more student-activating course concept for overview courses in business administration, based on the "Flipped Classroom" teaching model. Through development and implementation of this model, the project sought to establish a new way for the Department of Economics to teach business. Within the framework of this project, Erik developed teaching materials for implementation in the department's courses, created a digital discussion forum, arranged workshops and focus groups, and evaluated the project's results.


Erik is a member of EIS, a group that works with research on Entrepreneurship and innovation for sustainable development.

Erik is interested in how entrepreneurial practices interact with rural context, and how rural context interacts with entrepreneurial practices.

In addition to doing research himself, Erik works with peer review for various academic journals and publishers that focus on entrepreneurship.


Erik's work with collaboration includes, among other things:

  • Board member of Upplandsbygd lokalt ledd utveckling (2022–present): Erik is on the board (LAG) of Upplandsbygd lokalt ledd utveckling, a Leader initiative in the Uppland region. The principles for this programme are that rural sustainable development should be local, innovative and long-term; and take place in collaboration between relevant parties. Within the frame of this commitment, Erik works with review of proposed projects, granting of project funds, and follow-up of completed projects, inter alia.
  • Evaluation of Gävle municipality's outer area initiative (2022): Gävle municipality's outer area initiative aims to stimulate development and create faith in the future in Hamrångebygden, Hedesunda and Forsbacka through local commitment and participation. During the spring of 2022, Erik followed the final phase of this venture together with two other researchers at SLU. The work consisted of organising workshops and focus groups, conducting interviews, compiling and analysing empirical material and proposing strategies for how the initiative can become more sustainable in the future.

Selected publications

Research articles

Melin, E. and Gaddefors, J., 2023. Agency in entrepreneurship: preparing entrepreneurship theory for another view of context. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, 29(11), pp. 184-205. DOI: 10.1108/IJEBR-10-2022-0916

Melin, E., Gaddefors, J. and Ferguson, R., 2022. The moral of the story: ‘populism’ and ‘activism’ in entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, 34(9-10), pp. 1-23. DOI: 10.1080/08985626.2022.2083690

Conference papers

Ferguson, F., Astner, H., Gaddefors, J., Melin, E. and Roos, A., 2023. Pooled entrepreneuring – How small, low-productive ventures persevere in rural place. Presented at Rural Entrepreneurship in Times of Transformation 2023.

Melin, E., 2022. The entrepreneurial promise – why ‘trauma’ matters to any good story about entrepreneurship. Presented at EISC 2022.

Melin, E and Gaddefors, J., 2022. When agency moves in. Presented at NCSB 2022.

Melin, E., Gaddefors, J. and Ferguson, R., 2019. The story of a very rich man: celebrities, activists and populists in entrepreneurship discourses. Presented at RENT 2019.


Doctoral Student, Lecturer at the Department of Economics; Entrepreneurship and innovation for sustainability