Magnus Bengtsson is an independent researcher and consultant in the field of environmental sustainability, based in Japan. Until 2017, he worked for the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), where he was leading institutional flagship initiatives. He has previously held positions as Director of the Sustainable Consumption and Production group (2010‒2013) and Manager of the Waste Management and Resource Efficiency project (2008‒2010). Before joining IGES in 2007 he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Tokyo where his research focused on water demand scenario analysis and global water futures assessment. Magnus received his PhD in Environmental Systems Analysis at Chalmers University of Technology in Göteborg, Sweden, where he worked on Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA), stakeholder consultation processes and sustainability controversies. Magnus has conducted and lead research on a wide range of topics, mainly focusing on policy approaches to Sustainable Consumption and Production, and Sustainable Materials Management. In the last few years he has also devoted some of his time to exploring how the Sustainable Development Goals could get traction in practice.