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Per-Anders Langendahl

Per-Anders Langendahl
With great interest in innovation and sustainability, my research aims to promote more sustainable futures. My expertise lies in understanding innovation and change in socio-technical systems such as food production, energy provision. Since socio-technical systems involve complex and messy processes, I work to analyse these to make innovation more comprehensible. As such, I contribute to a better understanding of innovation that provides the management of such processes a better change of success.


Dr Langendahl’s research interests are in the management of Innovation for sustainability. 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.


Course director responsible for master and bachelor level courses in Marketing and Innovation Management for sustainability 


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


Rural Entrepreneurship Group, Department of Economics, Swedish University of Agricultural Science

Visiting Research Fellow, Smart Research Group, Department of Engineering and Innovation, the Open University 

Green Innovation Park, Uppsala 


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




Supervise MSc and BSc thesis projects in marketing and innovation management 

Selected publications

Articles in refereed journals


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., 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., Cook, M., Mark-Herbert, C. (2017) Exploring agriculture in smart urban development: a realistic food supply or middle class indulgence? To be 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 FALCON, Open University, UK


Senior Lecturer at the Department of Economics; Entrepreneurship and innovation for sustainability
Telephone: 018-671729
Postal address:
Institutionen för ekonomi, Box 7013
75007 Uppsala
Visiting address: Ulls hus, Ulls väg 27, 756 51 Ultuna, Uppsala