Sustainable Reads from Misum: This is what we read this summer

Summer is almost over, but there is still time and need for reading and learning. Voilà! Here are some sustainable book recommendations from the Misum team. This is what we read this summer:

Sustainable Read #1 from Professor Ranjula Bali Swain


”Sharing the work. What My Family and Career Taught Me about Breaking Through (and Holding the Door Open for Others)” by Stanford professor and feminist economist Myra Strober. Ranjula Bali Swain was recently part of a panel discussion on the book on the 25th IAFFE Annual Conference.


Sustainable Read #2 from Professor Örjan Sjöberg


”The Great Acceleration: An Environmental History of the Anthropocene since 1945” by J.R. McNeill and Peter Engelke.

Örjan about the book: The Great Acceleration refers to the quickening pace in which resources are used, indeed used up, in the process speeding up the impact of human society on the environment. The post-war period clearly qualifies, or so historians McNeill and Engelke argue, as Anthropocene – the era when humankind is the main agent of change also in geological terms. After all, the past half a century or so is, or so the publisher’s blurb proclaims, the “most anomalous period in the history of humanity’s relationship with the biosphere”, one when (in the perhaps more measured words of respected journal Science, 8 Jan. 2016) “human activity is leaving a pervasive and persistent signature on Earth”.


Sustainable Read #3 from PhD Student Clara My Lernborg


“Bomull : en solkig historia” by Gunilla Ander.

Clara My about the book:
 An easy and engaging read that allows for a further understanding of the complex supply chains involved in our daily consumption. Hopefully, it can inspire to more sustainable consumption!” (unfortunately only available in Swedish).


Sustainable read #4 from Lin Lerpold, acting professor and executive director, Misum


”The Age of Sustainable development” by Jeffrey Sachs, a world-renowned professor of economics, leader in sustainable development and a senior UN advisor.


Sustainable reads #5 and 6 from PhD Student Serafim Agrogiannis


1. ”Adventures in the Anthropocene: A Journey into the Heart of the Planet We Made” by Gaia Vince.

Serafim about the book: A lucid and lively environmental travelogue, which introduces readers to a plethora of ecological concerns and extraordinary people working on innovative solutions.


2. “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate” by Naomi Klein.

Serafim about the book: It documents with precision and verve the social and environmental decimation wrought by unchecked free-market capitalism, corporate greed, and political corruption.


Sustainable read #7 from Cecilia Repinski, Program Manager, Mistra Financial Systems


”Swimming with sharks. My journey into the world of bankers” by Joris Luyendijk.


Sustainable reads #8 and 9 from researcher Max Jerneck


1. ”Planetary Economics. Energy, climate change and the three domains of sustainable development” by Michael Grubb


2. “Can Green Sustain Growth?” by John Zysman & Mark Huberty


Sustainable read #10 from PhD Student Tina Sendlhofer

Todschick von Gisela Burckhardt

“Todschick: Edle Labels, billige Mode – unmenschlich produziert” by Gisela Burckhardt

Tina about the book: Fashion and moral – why does expensive not necessarily equals fair? This book builds on assumptions that reflects on our disastrous fallacies: When we purchase branded labels, we believe that a higher price justifies automatically for better quality – including better quality in production conditions. We like to believe that the workers of luxury brands, do not need to suffer or die in Bangladesh for our fashion products, do they? Even expensive luxury brands let their fashion products produce in disgraceful conditions. Low production prices are trump; shockingly at the cost of worker’s lives. This is a book about the deep dark secrets of (luxury) fashion brands. The author gives the reader hope for change, but also aims at forcing fashion brands to take responsibility for their fatal business practices. It is an emotional and tough read, but absolutely necessary when trying to understand more about what we wear on our body almost every second of the day.