How can impact be assessed?

Last changed: 25 May 2021
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Emily Thorselius, Environmental Economics and Management - Master's programme


Impact investing has become more recognized in recent years as businesses, communities and governments try to find new solutions to tackle environmental and social concerns. The term involves creating environmental and/or social benefits while generating financial returns, and thereby producing a positive impact for the society with investments. Impact investing can be an important tool for directing more funding towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). However, there is currently limited information about the field of impact investing and there is a lack of in-dept knowledge about evaluation criteria used in this area. This limited ability to capture and value non-financial performance presents a significant challenge for impact investors.

This study examines how Swedish impact investors evaluate and measure the impact of their investments. By using a qualitative method based on semi-structured interviews, a multiple case study was conducted with six Swedish impact investors to provide an understanding of their impact assessment processes and their perceived challenges and opportunities with the impact investing landscape.


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About me

Emily Thorselius

I am master´s student in Environmental Economics and Management with a lot of international experience from low- and middle-income countries and passion for sustainability issues. With experience in areas such as project management, field work, diplomacy, and economic analysis, I hope to use my analytical skills, multidisciplinary knowledge and understanding of different perspectives to contribute to organizations developing in a more sustainable direction to meet the challenges of tomorrow.