Forum for Reforms, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability (FORES)
The green and liberal research institute
An independent research foundation dedicated to furthering entrepreneurship and sustainable development through liberal solutions to societal challenges brought on by accelerated globalisation and global warming.
FORES’ main activities is to initiate research projects and public debates that will result in concrete reform proposals in relevant policy areas such as:
- Market solutions to environmental issues
- Harnessing the positive potential of immigration
- The role of civil society in entrepreneurship
- The flexibility of labour markets
- The protection of the civil rights of the individual
- Modernising public services
In so doing FORES relies heavily on a vast network of academics, supported and coordinated by a small core of research managers and communication officers. Papers and books from the Institute are subjected to peer review processes. Researchers and reviewers are drawn from universities and colleges across Sweden, and some abroad. Studies are empirically oriented in order to be as policy relevant as possible.
The Institute makes full use of new media, with its webpage being the focal point for its communication and dissemination of research findings and public debates. FORES strives to be an interactive forum for all those interested in its activities.
To ensure the independence of the Institute it has been constituted as a foundation with a board of directors composed of academics, experienced former politicians, businesspeople and opinion leaders. The founders of FORES are the Swedish Centre Party, the Bertil Ohlin Institute and Studieförbundet Vuxenskolan.
The FORES board consists of experienced people from different professional and political background. The composition of the board guarantees a strong independence from special interests and partisan politics.
- Erik Berglöf is Chief Economist at the European Bank (EBRD).
- Berit Danielsson is the chairman of the board of directors of Studieförbundet Vuxenskolan. Berit has previously served at the Cabinet Office and the Parliament.
- Dilsa Demirbag-Sten is a liberal columnist in the Swedish daily Expressen and has authored and co-authored several books and publications.
- Ulrika Liljeberg is a lawyer and economist now serving as an attorney at the regional public prosecution office in Falun.
- Sofia Nerbrand
- Hans Tson Söderström is a senior advisor and professor of macroeconomics at the Stockholm School of Economics. He was the director of the Swedish Centre for Business and Policy Studies 1985-2002.
The Scientific Advisory Board includes a number of respected academics, many of whom have a distinguished international record, notably:
- Daniel Barr, Swedish National Debt office
- Professor Pontus Braunerhjelm, Head of the Swedish Globalisation Council and professor at the Royal Institute of Technology.
- Ann-Sophie Crépin, researcher at the Beijer Institute.
- Klas Eklund, Senior Economist at SEB, former Chief Economist.
- Professor Magnus Henrekson, Head of IFN Research Institute of Industrial Economics.
- Charlotte Holgersson, gender researcher at the Stockholm School of Economics and the Royal Institute for Technology.
- Professor Carin Holmquist, Stockholm School of Economics, specialised in entrepreneurship.*
- Professor Lars Jonung, Lund University School of Economics and Management.
- Professor Charlie Karlsson, Jönköping International Business School, Jönköping University.
- Professor Hans-Albin Larsson, history, Kristianstad University College.
- Dr. Therese Lindahl, researcher at the Beijer Institute.
- Dr. Mia Lindskog, researcher at Stanford and Karolinska Institute in neuroscience.
- Professor Karl-Göran Mäler, founder of the Beijer International Institute of Ecological Economics.
- Jerker Söderlind, architect and urban planning researcher, the Royal Institute for Technology.
- Professor Daniel Tarschys, Department of Political Science, Stockholm University.
- Professor Emil Uddhammar, political science, Växjö University.
- Dr. Jonas Vlachos, Department of Economics, Stockhom University.
- Professor Håkan Ylinenpää, Luleå Technological University, specialised in entrepreneurial economics.
- Professor Gunilla Öberg, Head of Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at University of British Columbia.
The director of the Institute is Martin Ådahl, previously founder and editor-in-chief of the Fokus weekly news magazine and former senior economist at the Swedish Central Bank monetary policy department.