With in the Baltic University Programme, there are several researchers associated with the programme. These researchers work at their home universities, but cooperate within one or several networks of the programme. You find some of them listed under the 10 research themes below.

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BUP theme coordinators

Circular Economy

System map illustrating circular economyCircular economy refers to an economic system built on circular materials flows, instead of the more conventional economic systems where a product is being produced, used and trashed.


Climate Change

Temperature change mapClimate change refers to the changes that occur in the worlds climatic systems caused by anthropogenic emissions of green house gases.


Education for sustainable development

Students and teachers holding SDG boxesEducation for Sustainable Development (ESD) is a transdisciplinary research field, studying transformative learning within formal, non-formal and informal settings. ESD works with learning processes in relation to all SDGs in Agenda 2030.


Renewable energy

Wind turbinesRenewable energy plays a crucial role in the transition to a zero-emission society. Changing our energy production becomes essential in order to phase out the fossil fuels.


Sustainable Food systems

Key challenges of our time are to sustain the management of agricultural land and develop more resilient food systems to feed a growing world population.


Sustainable Mobility

People waiting for a train in winterThe functioning of a modern society puts heavy demand on the ability of individuals to be mobile. The sustainable mobility aims at the reduction of adverse effects connected to mobility.


Sustainable Societies

Building with trees on balconyA sustainable society focuses on the current and future well-being of its citizens and the environment. The three spheres of sustainability encompass many concepts which explain how decisions and actions can have an impact on the overall sustainability of our world.


Sustainable Tourism

People at a sqare in CracowThis theme aims at gathering researchers on sustainable tourism from a broad range of fields as well as engage the next generation of tourist research scholars around the Baltic Sea.


Sustainable Water resources

River flowing through a thick forestThe field of sustainable water resources management has the challenge to adapt to the current and future issues facing the allocation of water. With the growing uncertainties of global climate change and the long term impacts of management actions, the decision-making will be even more difficult.


Urban Rural development

Tallinn's skyline seen from green fieldsThe last decades of urbanisation globally have led to several trends related to spatial planning today, such as urban growth, densification, uncontrolled sprawl and an on-going discussion about urban-rural interaction.