Skip to main content
Till KTH:s startsida Till KTH:s startsida

Johan Arekrans

Profile picture of Johan Arekrans

Doctoral student

About me

Department of Machine Design - Unit of  Integrated Product Development and Design

PhD in Machine Design with specialization in Integrated Product Development. My main research topic concerns circular economy and innovation management, looking into the organizational and managerial challenges in transforming large incumbent firms to facilitate circular business models.


Ongoing Projects:

-'TREE: TRansition to Efficient Electrified forestry transport', funded by Vinnova FFI

-'FACE: Fair and Circular Innovation Ecosystems', funded by Vinnova FFI

CE@KTH Research & Development Team, Researcher, Initiative funded by KTH.

Completed Projects:

- The Swedish Delegation for Circular Economy, member of the expert group for Circular Design Strategies.

- 'ABC Mechanisms: From Ownership to Access-Based Circularity in Sweden' funded by Vinnova.

- 'CET: Circular Economy Transitions' funded by Vinnova.

- 'Rethinking Innovation in Circular Economy Transitions (RICET)' funded by Vinnova.

- Project ReCiPSS, funded under European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation program.


-MF2084 Managing Research and Development (Course responsible, teacher, supervisor)

-MF1040 Design and Product Realization Methodology (teacher, supervisor)

- MF2032 Eco Design (teacher)

- MJ111V Circular Economy and Industrial Systems (teaching assistant)

Guest lecturer in:

- PhD Course on Circular Economy and Industrial Systems,

- MF2046 (Product Innovation),

- MF2088 (Innovation and Product Development),

- MF2112 (Advanced Product Design),

- DM2720 (Sustainable ICT in Practice).

MSc Thesis Supervision

Development and Application of an End-of-Life Framework

A sustainability-focused innovation management and product development framework - Based on current practices at Mips

Barriers and Enablers for Repurposing Vehicle Components in Cross-Sector Collaborations: A Case Study of a Swedish Vehicle Manufacturer

Radar-Based Solutions for Crushing and Screening Applications

Collection and Utilization of Market Information and Customer Insights within New Product Development

Mapping a digital-physical development process: Case study of a small company

Toward Circular Economy Implementation: A Tool for Integrating Circularity Indicators into Portfolio Management

Exploring Strategies for Early-stage Startups in Cooperating with Large Organization through Corporate Accelerators

Circular Economy in Single-Use Medical Device Industry: Barriers, Enablers and Design Tool

Integrating Circular Economy in the Innovation Process for Startups.

Developing a digital tool for innovating on circular strategies

How collaboration act as an enabler for circular economy in the fiber-based packaging industry

Design for Recycling: Guidelines for Increased Recycling Efficiency and Recovery Rate of Materials

How does the perception of food waste and its root causes differ on different levels within a grocery retail organization?: A case study


  • Doctoral Degree - KTH 2023
  • Engineers Degree -Design and Product Realisation, KTH 2017
  • Master’s Degree -Integrated Product Design, Product Innovation, KTH 2017
  • Bachelor’s Degree -Production Engineering, KTH 2015


Degree Project in Innovation Management and Product Development, Second Cycle (MF220X), teacher | Course web

Degree Project in Innovation Management and Product Development, Second Cycle (MF230X), teacher | Course web

Design and Product Realization Methodology (MF1040), teacher | Course web

Eco Design (MF2032), teacher | Course web

Innovation and Product Development (MF2088), teacher | Course web

Innovation- and Product Development Processes (MF2085), teacher | Course web

Introduction to Design and Product Realisation (MF1061), teacher | Course web

Managing Research and Development (MF2084), course responsible, teacher | Course web