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.


Running in the morning through the city (down what the germans call a fussgangerzone) and being amazed by all the grand empty old buildings that reminded me of my Berlin beginnings. Grafitti on buildings. Lovely broken walls with acne'd facades from decades of reverse engineering. Discovering that all the ships on the river were party boats and open till the morning. Sweating so much in one of the clubs, my phone got messed up. Losing phone in said club. Visiting belgrade police station to report a then stolen phone to a twenty-something cop with a doctor's lab coat, listening to Rammstein (loudly) while hacking out my report on a pre-electric typewriter that looked (and sounded) as if it was from some era before typewriters were invented.   Thinking of Naked Lunch. Thinking of Die-Hard. Listening to architects talk about porous facades. Thinking of old smart bombs. Imagining the flash and crunch of several floors of reinforced concrete collapsing in on themselves. Wondering why I'm the only interactive guy here. Why are there so many beautiful women in Belgrade? Why are there so many beautiful women in Belgrade?!