Master Thesis, Water consumption analysis from raw material

  • Älmhult, Sweden
  • Employees can work remotely
  • Intern

Company Description

Water is one of life’s most important resources in economies, eco-systems and societies. Today our world faces challenges of too little, too much and polluted water and we can see water crisis’ occurring more frequently around the world.
In the IKEA People and Planet Positive Strategy, we commit to enabling reduced water consumption, water efficiency and purification of water.

Job Description

We are now looking for 1 student that wants to write their Master thesis at IKEA of Sweden from January 2022

In order to meet these commitments, IKEA is deepening its analysis and evaluation of water used in our value chain by using life cycle analysis (LCA) and existing LCA databases. In particular, IKEA is exploring the water used for raw material sourcing which is the largest user of fresh water in our value chain. Building on our initial evaluations and existing data sets, IKEA is seeking 1 Masters’ thesis student to deepen our understanding, improve the data we have today, and support us in identifying gaps if any and find solutions. This analysis aims to capture the impact of both virgin and recycled raw material sourcing.

The deliverables are:
1. Compare the supply chain of IKEA key raw materials with the data set that we have been using, identify the gaps and make suggestions to fill the gaps.
2. Recommend other established data sets available on water measurement that are suitable for IKEA.

Purpose of the assignment
The purpose of the assignment is data verification for water consumption in the raw material and the identification of potential new data sets.


The students should have a background in Sustainability, Supply Chain Management, Environmental Management or a similar degree. They should have understanding of LCA analysis, and experience working with data. The student should have a passion for sustainability topics, in particular, water. The students must have English fluency.

Additional Information

We are looking forward to your application! Please submit both your CV and motivational letter in English by the latest November 14th. 
If you have any questions about the role, please contact IKEA Supervisor, Neha Madan Asthana, [email protected] 

We are reviewing applications as they come through so don’t wait to apply! You must clearly state your available start date and a short description of how this assignment fits into your degree program.

Curious to know more and meet potential future colleagues??…Join a live TEAMS session to listen and ask any questions you have on OCTOBER 27th 13:00-14:00

Please note:
To take part of the Thesis work, you have to be enrolled in a Thesis course provided at university level/Thesis agreement within a university in Sweden.

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