Collaboration and networks

Centre for Private Governance (CEPRI) takes part in research collaboration and networks, including the following:




The green transition will generate new types of products and services in all stages of the value chain and in all sectors. In order to create behavioral change, the sustainable character of these products and services must be documented and communicated to potential buyers. Green labels are going to be an important tool in this regard. Already, numerous green labels exist worldwide, and studies show that labels often play an important role for buyers’ decisions to acquire a specific product or service.

However, it is also common knowledge that not all labels are equally trustworthy and that labels can play a part in the ‘greenwashing’ of products and services. Thus, a major challenge in the coming years will be the creation of effective green label systems that correctly assess and communicate the ‘sustainability’ of a specific product or service. The network focuses on this challenge. 

Members of the network

Vibe Ulfbeck (LAW, KU)
Professor of private law. Will lead the network and contribute with insights on legal implications of private governance systems in particular with regard to consumer law, liability law and transport law.

Ole Hansen (LAW, KU)
Professor in contract law and construction law. Will contribute with insights on the legal implications of private governance systems with regard to contracts and construction projects.

Carola Glinski (LAW, KU)
Associate professor in environmental law. Will contribute insights on legal implications of private standardisation and certifications systems, legal frameworks for sustainable supply chains including for biofuels, and more broadly with regard to environmental law, EU and WTO law.

Karsten Ronit (SAMF, KU)
Associate professor in political science. Expert in private governance systems at national and international levels and in diverse of business sectors.

Carsten Daugbjerg (IFRO, KU)
Professor of agricultural and food policy with a background in political science. Expert in agrifood policy and governance, including private governance systems. Works with issues of legitimacy, transparency and accountability of such systems.

Thomas Bøker Lund (IFRO, KU)
Associate professor, sociologist. Has published on carbon labels and ascription of responsibility as a motivating factor. Will contribute with sociological aspects of green labelling.

Frida Hastrup (Saxo, HUM, KU)
Associate professor in ethnology, with a special expertise in environmental anthropology. Will contribute with insights on the social and cultural life of ‘standardizations’, including their perceived trustworthiness and the extent to which they make sustainable choices easier.

Andrea Veggerby Lind (Communication, HUM, KU)
PhD fellow in climate communication and environmental social psychology with a background in cognitive sciences, and will contribute with perspectives on the psychological aspects of public perception of green labels, including the implications of different communication strategies.

Emil Engelund Thybring (IGN, KU)
Associate professor. Expert in the utilisation of wood and biomaterials in building products and their performance.

Niclas Scott Bentsen, (IGN, KU)
Associate professor, head of research group. Expert in biomass resource assessment, climate impact and sustainability assessment of biomass use and bioproducts.

Kenn Steger (Engineering, The Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences, AAU)
Professor, MSO, civil engineer, with expertise in green production, logistics and sustainable supply chains.

The network is funded by a KU grant (internal funds)



Researchers in CEPRI also individually take part in research collaboration and networks. You can find more information about this at their individual researcher profile under Staff.