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Alumni: Katarina

Working with sustainability

Name: Katarina Crafoord
Bachelor's degree in Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science from Lund University.
Master's degree in Applied Climate Strategy at Lund University.

When you started thinking about university studies, what were you interested in and thought you would work on after graduation?

I have always been interested in the environment and sustainability and thought that I would like to work in that area, even though I did not know exactly what kind of work it could mean.

Why did you choose the bachelor's program in natural geography and ecosystem science?

What I liked with the education was the opportunity to learn different methods, tools and working methods, such as geographical information system (GIS), to be able to work with climate and environmental issues. The first basic block during my studies felt like it would give me a good foundation to stand on and I liked that there were good opportunities to study abroad, which I also did in Innsbruck in Austria for a semester.

What do you work with now?

Today I work as a Sustainability Coordinator at the procurement unit in Örebro municipality. This means that I am responsible for designing, evaluating and following up environmental and social requirements in all the municipality's procurements.

How did you get your job?

After my bachelor's degree, I chose to study a master's degree in Applied Climate Strategy at Lund University. An interdisciplinary education where I chose to have an internship to gain work experience and that during my master's work I focused on sustainability procurement and circular economy. With that experience, I then got a job at Örebro municipality at my current job.

What in the education have you benefited most from in working life?

My education in Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science gave me a very good scientific foundation to stand on and combining it with an interdisciplinary master's degree felt just right for me. My tip is to do an internship at some point during your studies.

Do you have any tips for students who are thinking about what they should become?

It can be difficult to know before you start studying what you want to work with, but during the study years it usually becomes clearer and clearer. So my tip is to study something that gives you a good foundation to stand on and to include internships if possible.