Matilda Axelson

Matilda Axelson

PhD Researcher Industrial innovation and low-carbon technologies


Matilda is a Doctoral researcher at the IES, where she combines academic research on business models and sustainable innovation, with practical project work on industrial decarbonisation. She is passionate about raising public awareness of the contribution from the industrial sectors to the European economy, and of the urgency to decarbonise these sectors in line with the Paris Agreement.

Within the scope of her PhD in Economics, Matilda conducts research on how business model innovations can drive increased circularity and mitigate emissions from the EU energy intensive industries. Her research aims at tackling the complex decarbonisation challenge that these sectors are facing through development of more sustainable business models and new, low-carbon value chains, that contribute to driving competitiveness of the region.

She is engaged in several different projects on industrial decarbonisation, such as development of new value chains for concrete recycling, innovation assessment of low-carbon process technologies, industrial policy mapping, and development of a roadmap for a Flemish low-carbon industrial transition. The projects include development of recommendations to policymakers and stakeholders on how to decarbonise the EU energy intensive industries.

Based in Brussels, Matilda is a frequent speaker and participant at climate and industry related events and stakeholder meetings. When she is not doing desk research or visiting industrial plants, she likes to spend her spare time running in the Belgian forests or sailing in the Swedish archipelago. During 2019 and 2020, she volunteers as a leader and trainer at the youth development programme Leadership for Sustainable Development, where she is training young leaders to develop their leadership skills in line with Agenda 2030.

Matilda has a Master’s degree (M.Sc. Diploma programme) in Industrial Engineering and Management from Lund University (Sweden), part of which she obtained through exchange programmes at Politecnico di Milano (Italy) and Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium). Her past work has focused primarily on decarbonisation of the European steel, cement and concrete industries. She has also been consulting as a Senior Advisor to the Industrial Innovation for Competitiveness (i24C), an initiative by the European Climate Foundation.


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