The Bridge – strategic cooperation with IKEA

The Bridge is a multidisciplinary research and education collaboration between Linnaeus University and IKEA. The programme concerns Life at Home and the various aspects of the production process. The goal is to create a better everyday life at home for the many people.

The Bridge is a programme for entrepreneurship, innovation, and production. The aim is to create an international meeting-place for research and education related to the subject of Life at Home.


There are numerous issues connected to the concept Life at home. What does our home mean to us? What do our homes look like? How can we produce good furniture that most people can afford? What materials should we use?

Three different fields of subject at Linnaeus University are involved in The Bridge: business administration, engineering, and design. The project will bring with it a new, flexible way of working with collaboration between different disciplines at the university.


Mathias Karlsson, doctoral student in entrepreneurship, presents his research within the Bridge. Read more under Business for a Better Life@Home above.


Tinh Sjökvist, doctoral student in forestry and wood, presents her research within the Bridge. Read more under Technology for a Better Life@Home above.




A programme with an interdisciplinary perspective, combining engineering, business administration, and design. By working together with other students and learning form their competence you increase your ability to run various innovation projects. The programme is given with three different specialisations:

Library Resources

Welcome to a knowledge base containing materials that are relevant to the subject of Life at Home. The contents of this knowledge base are the result of a literary survey conducted by library staff at the University Library in collaboration with the programme's researchers. The information on these pages will follow developments in the research subject, and the aim of the knowledge base is to provide exciting entries into the research of Life at Home.

Cooperative Council

The Council has the following members


Tony Sandelius, IKEA of Sweden AB
Per Berggren, IKEA Industry AB
Jörgen Svensson, IKEA of Sweden AB

Linnaeus University

Peter Aronsson, vice-chancellor and Chairman of the Council
Bengt Nilsson, PhD Engineering
Helén Andersson, Professor and Dean for the School of Business and Economics


Ylva Dandanell, Programme Director