EMMA STENSTROM / Konstfack University (SE)

Related Projects: Belgrade Design Week Festival 2011

Emma Stenström is Associate Professor and Center Director for the Research Center for Arts, Business & Culture at Stockholm School of Economics and one of the founders of Global Challenges, transforming business education.

Emma Stenstrom has a PhD of the Faculty of Economy in Stockholm. She is also professor at the Konstfack University for Arts and Design, as she finished art studies before her PhD. She conducts researches and teaches subjects which are at the verge of art and business,combining this two categories. Before acquiring her PhD, Emma was working as general director of the “Arts and Business Sweden” organization, and as prominent interviewer-host of the “Arti” show on the Swedish national television. Besides television, she was working on radio as reporter/columnist, with articles published in many Swedish newspapers. She produces a professional blog named “Kulturekonomi” with Tobias Nielsen, which was nominated for best blog in 2009. As a researcher, she conducted many projects, with the most interesting being from the field of visual and performing arts, design, craft, bussines, entrepreneurship and more.

She has published hundreds of research-based articles, chapters, and columns. Beside her academic career, Emma has been a regular columnist in Dagens Industri since 2000. Emma is a highly appreciated teacher and lecturer and has won the Teacher of the Year-award twice.


Belgrade Design Week is a one-off – a unique set-up that is free from the corporate atmosphere that so often pervades other such events. The energy, optimism and warmth of Jovan and his team flows through every event – lectures, workshops, meals & drinks alike!   I’ve never been good at sitting in a dark lecture hall for more than an hour or so at a time but found myself doing three lectures back to back at Belgrade – such was the quality of speakers. Timetabling was crazy at times but at BDW everybody seems happy to ‘go with the flow’ – and has an even better time for doing so. The City of Belgrade should be very proud of this gem!