Jessica Algehed Deputy Director of Mistra Urban Futures

Jessica Algehed has recently been recruited to Chalmers, where she will act as Deputy Director for Mistra Urban Futures and reinforce the Area of Advance Built Environment. Jessica Algehed has been involved in Mistra Urban Futures research in Gothenburg since the summer of 2012, as part of her employment at the SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden.

Jessica Algehed has since 2009 been head of a section at SP as responsible for building and developing the brand new section System Analysis, which was established to position SPs technical expertise in a broader societal perspective. The Section currently has 20 employees and works at the intersection of technology and social science disciplines. Energy and environmental issues have been the focus of Jessica's career and she has worked at both the Region Vèstra Götaland and at Chalmers. During her time at Region Vèstra GÜtaland, she was responsible for the energy and climate strategy at the Environment Secretariat. As a researcher at the Department of Energy and Environment at Chalmers she divided her time between research, teaching, and she was also responsible for coordinating Chalmers application for strategic resources in the energy sector, which laid an important foundation for what is today Chalmers Area of Advance Energy.

Jessica has a PhD from Chalmers, in the area of ??industrial energy. Her PhD thesis "Energy Efficient Evaporation in Future Kraft Pulp Mills" from 2002 is all about how to reduce energy use in pulp production by up to 30%. It is therefore a very broad experience Jessica Algehed brings to Mistra Urban Futures and to the production of knowledge in sustainable urban development that is the focus of the Centre's activities.

- Mistra Urban Futures is working in an exciting intersection between academia, government and industry, says Jessica. I look forward to further developing the centre and contribute to new knowledge about how sustainable cities can be developed.

In her role as Deputy Director Jessica will be Director Lars Reuterswärd's deputy and special responsibilities include project development and the Centre's common knowledge production.

- I am very pleased that we have been able to recruit Jessica to Mistra Urban Futures, says Lars Reuterswärd. I am confident that her experience in both management and from being a researcher she will help the organization take a big step forward. Not least is her extensive network of contacts and diverse disciplinary backgrounds valuable to us. The fact that we get an even closer collaboration with the Area of Advance Built Environment is of course very important.

Formally Jessica Algehed assumes her position on June 1st, but she is already a valuable part of Mistra Urban Futures and Area of Advance Built Environment.