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  • 1. Abramsson, Marianne
    et al.
    Andersson, Eva K.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Changing locations: Central or peripheral moves of seniors?2015In: Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, ISSN 1566-4910, E-ISSN 1573-7772, Vol. 30, no 4, 535-551 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The increasing proportion of elderly in European populations has prompted debate about where and how they will reside. Our main hypothesis is that when moving in this phase of life the most common move would be one from a suburban location in owner occupation to a more central location. This would be in line with the belief that older people, when they retire or when the children have moved out, want to take part in the culture of city living, such as concerts, theatres and museums in addition to enjoying a more convenient type of housing. This, we argue, is the assumed residential pattern during the third age and a possible part of a mobility cycle as described by Rossi (1955). The aim of this study was to examine the local geographical mobility and tenure of older people. The analysis was made using a register database, Geoswede, comprising the total Swedish population. Moves of the cohorts born in the 1920s, 1930s and the 1940s were followed between 2001 and 2006. Using five distances to the municipal population core a centralized mobility pattern could be observed. The two older cohorts made such moves, whereas the majority of the youngest cohort moved to peripheral destinations. From analysis of three case municipalities, it was shown that movers from owner occupation in the cohort born in the 1940s moved within owner occupation to a greater extent and made short distance moves. Such increased knowledge will have an impact on planning issues.

  • 2. Abramsson, Marianne
    et al.
    Andersson, Eva K.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Residential mobility patterns of elderly - leaving the house for an apartment2012In: Housing Studies, ISSN 0267-3037, E-ISSN 1466-1810, Vol. 27, no 5, 582-604 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    One hypothesis is that, in Sweden, the elderly today are more willing to change residence to accommodate for changing lifestyles and poorer health than in earlier generations. If so, the elderly will change their type of tenure from owner occupation to tenant co-operative or rental housing, which includes more services for residents. The aim of this study is to discover if elderly people move to apartments after leaving single-family housing that they own. Mobility patterns of those born in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s are analysed to identify characteristics of stayers and movers, and to determine to what extent the elderly move to rental and tenant cooperative apartments. The analysis is cross-sectional using a register database comprising the Swedish population. Moves were followed between 2001 and 2006. The majority remained in their current dwelling but almost one-quarter moved. Of those, a smaller number moved from owner-occupied housing to a tenant co-operative or rental apartment.

  • 3.
    Ackebo, Jonas
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Naturen och Regionplanen: En miljöetisk analys av Stockholms regionplaner2010Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Naturen är en viktig resurs för människan som vi, genom alla tider, varit beroende av. I takt med att utvecklingen har gått framåt har även naturens roll ändrats. Naturens resurser utsätts för extrema prövningar och konkurrensen om yta är idag stor. Stockholmsregionen är ett tydligt exempel på detta och nya svårlösta intressekonflikter dyker ständigt upp. Regionplaneringen inom Stockholm har varierat sedan den påbörjades under 1950-talet med nya utmaningar som en naturlig följd. Även synen på naturen har förändrats inom regionplaneringen och en miljöetisk analys blir därför intressant. Det går att konstatera att naturen ofta anses ha ett instrumentellt värde för oss människor som är svårt att ge avkall på. Trots en medvetenhet om vikten av att bevara och förbättra förutsättningarna för välfungerande ekosystem och biologisk mångfald är det just naturens egenvärde som ofta utgör en del i konflikter. I Stockholms regionplaner har ett varierande fokus legat på miljöetiska frågor. Idag är hållbar utveckling ett betydande begrepp inom samhällsplanering och får således stort utrymme i regionplaneringen. Målet om en hållbar utveckling är dock oerhört svårt att nå så länge bristande kunskap förhindrar korrekta avvägningar mellan bevarande och exploatering.    

  • 4.
    Adama, Onyanta
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Governing from Above: Solid Waste Management in Nigeria's New Capital City of Abuja2007Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This doctoral dissertation examines how the symbolic character of a relocated capital city influences and intersects with local conditions to shape the governance structure and relations in service delivery. The focus is on Abuja, the new capital city of Nigeria, and the sector studied is solid waste management. Abuja was planned to avoid the numerous problems facing other Nigerian cities. Contrary to the intention of government and planners, the city now houses the fastest growing slum in the country. There are various possible explanations for these outcomes but this study pays particular attention to the conception of Abuja as a symbol of national unity.

    The ‘good governance’ agenda is often promoted by the World Bank and donors as a way of handling the numerous challenges facing African governments, including service delivery. A major expectation of the agenda is that local governments manage the urban development process in conjunction with an array of institutions ranging from the private sector to community groups and households. An underlying notion is that of a minimalist national state. This is not the case in Abuja, where governance is conducted at higher levels and the municipal council remains largely invisible. This is manifested in solid waste management, where the municipal council has no jurisdiction over the sector. In addition, community groups and households play very minimal roles in the governance of services. Drawing on the concept of space and place, the study concludes that the types of institutions found and their roles and relations are shaped by the national function of the city and the local power relations.

    The study draws on primary and secondary data. Interviews were conducted with state officials, community leaders, households and interest groups, such as the private sector. Secondary data were obtained from government documents, studies and newspaper reports.

  • 5.
    Adama, Onyanta
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Urban imaginaries: funding mega infrastructure projects in Lagos, Nigeria2017In: GeoJournal, ISSN 0343-2521, E-ISSN 1572-9893Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In today’s globalized world, mega infrastructure projects have emerged as one of the most popular strategies for attracting private capital and repositioning cities on the competitive landscape. The Lagos Megacity Project (LMCP) was launched to address a longstanding infrastructure crisis and to reinvent Lagos as a modern megacity. Using the LMCP as a case study, the paper examined the challenges facing the funding of mega infrastructure projects. Special attention is given to how capital is mobilized, the kinds of alliances or networks found and what gets prioritized. The paper observed that the alliance formed between the federal, Lagos and Ogun state governments to mobilize public funds quickly unraveled largely due to disputes traceable to the apportioning of fiscal and political responsibilities and the distribution of functions between the different tiers of government. Under the LMCP, disputes emerged between the federal government and the Lagos State Government (LSG) over who was responsible for what. A history of opposition politics and a highly politicized resource allocation system further made cooperation between the two particularly difficult. Furthermore, the LMCP signalled a renewed drive by the LSG to attract private investments through public–private partnership. The paper noted a host of problems but crucially there is a preference for elite projects, a practice that is reinforcing socio-spatial exclusion and confirms the persistent inequalities that accompany neoliberal and modernist projects. At the broadest level, the paper points to how modernist projects are fractured or undermined by specific ideologies and practices.

  • 6.
    Adama, Onyanta
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Nzeadibe, Thaddeus Chidi
    Dealing with Waste: Resource Recovery and Entrepreneurship in Informal Solid Waste Management in African Cities2017Collection (editor) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The scope of the problem of waste management in African cities continues to change across space and time in line with changing socio-economic, political and environmental conditions. Crucially, the failure of the formal systems has paved the way for the informal sector. The overall aim of the book is to capture the dynamism and complexity of Informal Sector Solid Waste Management (ISSWM). The main argument is that while the poverty reduction potential of ISSWM remains valid and is acknowledged; there are broader issues to consider.

  • 7.
    Adil Mahmud, Hossain Jahan
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Social Cohesion in Multicultural Society: A Case of Bangladeshi Immigrants in Stockholm2013Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Due to the rapid urbanization and globalization, urban social life is getting more complex thanever. Stockholm, the capital city of Sweden, is the residence of about 180 nationalities thatmakes it one of the prominent multicultural cities in Europe. Moreover, sustainable developmentis one of the main goals of the Swedish government. In this circumstance, it is the challenge tomake a socially cohesive society to ensure its social and economic development. This study isaimed to have an inner look at social cohesiveness between Bangladeshi community and otherethnic groups including native Swedish in Stockholm from a qualitative research approach. Asocial cohesion framework has been formulated by analyzing various literatures for the purposeof this study. This social cohesion framework comprises of social, cultural, political andeconomic indicators to understand the different dimensions of social cohesion in Stockholm.This framework is used during preparation of the questionnaire for conducting the qualitativesurvey that includes twelve in-depth interviews. Empirical result reveals that Bangladeshicommunity has a weak sense of belonging and a lack of common identity to the mainstreamsociety, rather they have stronger attachment to other Bangladeshi immigrants in Stockholm.Although lack of social cohesiveness has been found between Bangladeshi immigrants and otherresidents in Stockholm, but many threats to social cohesion (for example; racial conflict) areabsent in Stockholm. Therefore, it is a reachable challenge to make this society cohesive for thebetterment of the country by initiating proper measures.

  • 8.
    Adolfsson, Johanna
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    The Power of the Palestinian Landscape: An exploratory study of the functions of power using aerial image interpretation2016Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The Palestinian region is changing rapidly, with both economic and cultural consequences. One way of approaching this very political process is thru the concept of landscape. By viewing the region as a multiprocessual, dynamic landscape the analysis allows for a holistic read where historical and contemporary projections, interpretations and notions of power are fused. This thesis draws on the scholarly fields of humanistic landscape research and aerial image interpretation as well as theories of orientalism and power. A case study of two regions of the West Bank is performed; interviews and observations provide localized knowledge that is then used in open-access image interpretation. By performing image interpretations this thesis explores the power embedded in mapping and the possible inclinations the development towards open-access geospatial analytic tools could have on the functions of power in the Palestinian landscape. By investigating the spatial configuration of the Palestinian landscape and tracing its roots this thesis finds four major themes that are particularly pivotal in the processual change of the Palestinian landscape: the Israeli/Palestinian time-space, the blurring of the conflict, the dynamics of the frontier region and the orientalist gaze. 

  • 9.
    Adriansson, Linus
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography.
    Stockholm i färger: En kritisk diskursanalys av kulturarvets produktion och legitimering i stadens bebyggelsemiljö2016Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Avsikten med denna uppsats är att med en kritisk diskursanalys undersöka hur kunskap om kulturarvet och kulturhistoriska värden konstrueras i Stockholms byggda miljö. Akademisk litteratur inom kulturarvsforskningen beskriver en situation där det uppstått ett glapp mellan teori och praktik inom kulturarvssektorn som vidgats sedan postmodernismens och konstruktionismens framväxt i början på 1970-talet. Den utövande kulturarvsvården och värderingsprocessen är i stor utsträckning styrd av värdeorienterade klassificeringssystem där utgångspunkten är att finna och tolka olika värdetyper i ett objekt. Detta traditionella förhållningssätt är en del av ”den auktoriserade kulturarvsdiskursen”; ett begrepp inom kulturarvsforskningen som menar att kulturarvssektorn premierar traditionella värden genom expertutpekanden vilket leder till en reproduktion av kanoniserade objekt med vissa ideologiska förtecken. Sedan år 1974 finns det i Sverige nationella kulturpolitiska mål fastslagna och sedan år 2012 finns det fyra nationella kulturmiljömål som landets kulturmiljövårdande institutioner ska sträva. Målens tankegods förmedlar en ambition om att göra kulturmiljöer och kunskap tillgängligt för att främja demokratisering av kulturarvet. I Stockholms kommun är det Stadsmuseet som ansvarar för utpekandet och klassificeringen av kulturhistoriskt värdefulla byggnader och miljöer. Syftet med undersökningen är att bidra med en djupare förståelse för hur kunskapen om kulturhistoriska värden i Stockholms byggda kulturmiljö produceras och legitimeras. Resultat och analys visar att diskurserna i Stadsmuseets översiktsdokument sedan klassificeringens introduktion under tidigt 1980-tal har förändrats av ideologiska, politiska och ekonomiska element. Museets och kommunens samtida översiktsdokument har en anknytning till kunskapsläget inom kulturarvsforskningen genom att argumentera för relativa, pluralistiska värden. Men den traditionella värdesynen och expertdiskursen i värderingsprocessen har lett till en värdering och klassificering som reproducerar en traditionell förståelse av det byggda kulturarvet. En universell metod i kombination med intern praxis används för att identifiera vilka kulturhistoriska värden som finns, utan att precisera vilka egenskaper som upprätthåller dessa värden. Det ger klassificeringen en svag anknytning till kulturarvsforskning, regeringens kulturpolitiska mål och den egna institutionens värdesyn i samtida översiktsdokument.

  • 10.
    Adscheid, Toni
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    When Ecotopia grows: Politicizing the stories of Swedish sustainable urban development2017Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Sweden is known world-wide for its achievements in the field of sustainable urban development. Due to this global recognition Swedish stories and policies of sustainable urban development are being spread across various spatial and institutional contexts. Focusing on SymbioCity and its approach as examples for such stories, this thesis seeks to elaborate on the de-politicization of urban environments through sustainable urban development policies. In doing so, this thesis synthesises urban political ecology and policy mobility literature to form a theoretical framework to investigate the mobilization and legitimization of such environments. Drawing on findings provided by methods of text analysis and interviews, it is illustrated that Swedish stories of sustainable urban development construct a de-politicized spatiality supported by capital, desires of influence and “the planner”. The thesis concludes by arguing that planning research needs to critically address the process of de-politicization and support the articulation of a political Ecotopia. 

  • 11.
    Ahlgren, Adam
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Bilden av orientaliska Kina: En textanalytisk studie av Kinas representation i resereportage från Sverige2012Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The essay sets out to map a part of the Swedish representation of China in travelogues, using postcolonial theory. Two sources were used, Dagens Nyheter and Vagabond. These were in turn examined to explain how the discourse and semiotics in the travelogues depicting China were constructed and have changed over the past two decades. The results show that the discourse has changed from a negatively portrayal based on anti-chinese discourse of China with parallels to its communist history, to a recent more exotic presentation revolving around romantic rurality, modernity, and Chinas dynastic history. The semiotic analysis in turn confirms the later representation as well as a postcolonial exoticism and otherness in the representation of China.

  • 12.
    Ahlstam, Andreas
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Maktutövning vid planering av stora projekt: Om spelet bakom Förbifart Stockholm2009Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Denna uppsats syftar till att undersöka och försöka förstå inverkansfaktorer och maktrelationer bakom planeringen av ett större infrastrukturprojekt. Studiens fokus ligger på det stora vägprojektet Förbifart Stockholm, som bland annat syftar till att avlasta befintligt vägnät och bidra till att bättre knyta samman Stockholms norra och södra kärnor. Den reella politiken och planeringen behöver inte alltid vara densamma som den formella, vilket i uppsatsen klargörs genom bland annat uttalanden i media, remissvar och intervjuer med involverade aktörer och politiker. Maktbegreppet kan förstås och synliggöras på flera olika sätt och därför studeras och används flera olika resonemang och teorier kring maktbegreppet. I fallet med Förbifart Stockholm kan till exempel det diskursiva maktbegreppet synliggöras, vilket Foucault har utvecklat och skrivit om, men även Bachrach & Baratzs teori om icke-beslut, Flyvbjergs resonemang om Realpolitik och Realrationalitet samt den konventionella planeringsmodellen kan synliggöras i samband med studien av Förbifart Stockholm.

  • 13. Ahmed, Adamu
    et al.
    Adama, Onyanta
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Iliyasu, Idris
    Prospects and Retrospect: Insights from Children's participation in Informal Sector Solid Waste Management in Kaduna, Nigeria2017In: Dealing with waste: Resource Recovery and Entrepreneurship in Informal Sector Solid Waste Management in African Cities / [ed] Onyanta Adama, Tadischi Chidi Nzeadibe, Africa World Press, 2017, 137-150 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 14.
    Al Kamil, Mohammed
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Hur ska du resa till universitetet, med bil eller kollektivtrafik?: En studie om hur mobility management kan påverka morgondagens resor bland universitetsstudenter2015Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 15.
    Al Kamil, Mohammed
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology.
    SATS och Friskis & Svettis - Var och för vem?2013Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this study is to investigate where and why the fitness clubs, Sats and Friskis & Svettis in Stockholms county, choose to locate their facilities in certain places and which their primarily targetgroups are. Furthermore, the aim is to gain knowledge of people’s health status in areas where the facilities are located, in order to see if they are located where exercise is most needed. Interviews were conducted with members of the fitness clubs but also with non members, i.e. people who lived in areas with an absence of fitness facilities. Further interviews have been made with managers of the fitness clubs and with two political representatives. The other methods were mapping of the facilities inrelationship to different variables in ArcGIS and field observations. The results of this study show thatthe facilities are mostly located in the central of Stockholm and places where income levels,population density and amount of people working in an area are high. The facilities can also be foundwhere there are large flows of people, for example near commercial centers such as shopping malls.The fitness clubs do not primarily focus on establishing any facilities in places where exercise is mostneeded. The target groups for Friskis & Svettis were both younger and older people and those who wanted to pay a low membership fee while Sats target groups were people aged between 20-50 years and were willing to pay a high price for a membership. Based on price for a membership, availability and what the clubs offers, some people may get excluded from Sats and Friskis & Svettis. Those people mostly live in low status areas and if they eventually would become members of the clubs it would require cheap prices, culture-specific exercise forms and better proximity between the residenceand the facility. Finally, since both the fitness clubs and the political representative’s claims that people everywhere should have the possibility to exercise regardless of their income level and so on, there should be a better interaction between all the actors in order for the clubs to be available to allthe people.

  • 16.
    Albers, Thomas
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Linjer på vattnet: Den tidiga linjetrafiken till sjöss i Stockholm2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Studien undersöker hur linjetrafiken på vattnet i Stockholm förändrades under 1800-talet. Utifrån relationellgeografi undersöks vad som ledde till förändringar i trafiken och hur det relationella rummet förändrades genom tiden. Undersökningen görs genom en arkivstudie och jämförande kartering ihop med en GIS-analys vilket jämförs med befolkningsutvecklingen. Det står klart att linjetrafiken ökade och blev mer konkurrensutsatt under 1800-talet. Staden expanderade bebyggelsemässigt och nya operatörer började trafikera nya sträckor vilket ändrade relationen mellan staden och ytterområdena. Förändrade sociala förhållanden resulterade i en annan syn på arbetet.

  • 17.
    Alexandra, Carla
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Reimagining the city through art: Tactics, opportunities and limitations from Experiment Stockholm2016Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The transformation of cities is a challenge of global significance that will depend on the capacity to re-imagine the potential of cities, and thus needs more than standard technocratic urban planning approaches. Deep engagement with the arts provides one avenue for recasting the future of cities. This thesis explores the question of how ‘critical urban art interventions’ develop alternative ways of knowing urban nature, and the opportunities and limitations of using art to reimagine the future of cities. By drawing on urban political ecology and cultural geography, the thesis documents and explores the aims and tactics used in five urban art interventions to reimagine sites of urban nature in Stockholm. Qualitative interviews and participant observation were carried to explore these questions. Findings suggest that tactics used in urban art interventions promote embodied ways of knowing, and simultaneously interacting with the physical and socio- historical constructions of sites of urban natures. 

  • 18.
    Alijagic, Dino
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Effekterna av regionförstoring efter infrastrukturprojekt på inkomstskillnader?: En fallstudie av Strängnäs och Värnamo2013Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Denna uppsats visar vilken påverkan infrastrukturprojekt vars mål är regionförstoring har på olika aspekter så som befolkningsmängd, utbildningsnivå, pendling samt inkomstfördelning. Detta genom studerande teorier som Human Capital Theory, Central Place Theory med flera. Men också genom genomförda intervjuer och insamlad statistik. Uppsatsen består av två huvudfrågeställningar, dels vad syftet är med Ostlänken och vad detta bygge kan innebära för Norrköping utifrån faktorer som befolkningsmängd, pendling, utbildningsnivå samt inkomstfördelning? Men också om det blev större inkomstskillnader i Strängnäs efter bygget av Svealandsbanan? Resultaten visar att större infrastrukturprojekt har en påverkan på vissa aspekter, speciellt utbildningsnivån, pendlingen samt inkomstfördelningen. Efter bygget av Svealandsbanan har majoriteten av de som flyttar in till Strängnäs varit högutbildade familjer som är höginkomsttagare. Detta i kombination med att antalet låginkomsttagare har minskat i kommunen gör att inkomstskillnaderna har ökat sedan Svealandsbanan byggdes.    

  • 19.
    Alkén, William
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Hemlöshet: Hemlösas perspektiv på den byggda miljön2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Uppsatsen syftar till att studera hemlösas perspektiv på den byggda miljön i Stockholm

    stad. Detta utifrån två frågeställningar: Var bor/vistas hemlösa i Stockholm och varför?

    Vad finns det för möjligheter och begränsningar i stadens fysiska och strukturella

    utformning? Arbetet har färgats av teorier från bland annat Emma Jackson som studerat

    unga hemlösa i London. Det empiriska materialet har insamlats med hjälp av intervjuer

    och observation samt analyserats med narrativanalys. Uppsatsen undersöker

    användandet av rum genom exemplet hemlösa. Studiens resultat påvisar att hemlösa

    utsätts för krafter som drar och trycker dem i olika riktningar och påverkar deras

    rörelsemönster.

  • 20. Allard, Anna
    Vegetation changes in mountainous areas: a monitoring methodology based on aerial photographs, high-resolution satellite images, and field investigations2003Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
  • 21. Almered Olsson, Gunilla
    et al.
    Björklund, Johanna
    Hermele, Kenneth
    Hornborg, Alf
    Widgren, Mats
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Konventionella jordbruket är ett blindspår2014In: Göteborgsposten, ISSN 1103-9345, no 21 novemberArticle in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 22.
    Almqvist, Madeleine
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Vägen till en givande medborgardialog: En studie av framgångsfaktorer för muntlig kommunikation vid samrådsmöten2017Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Studien är en explorativ undersökning som syftar till att studera den muntliga kommunikationen vid samrådsmöten i detaljplaneprocessen idag och vilka framgångsfaktorer som finns och kan stärkas i framtiden. Syftet är också att tvärvetenskapligt undersöka länken mellan samrådsmötenas svårigheter och framgångsfaktorer med hälsoteorin känsla av sammanhang (kasam) om hur meningsfullhet, begriplighet och hanterbarhet kan användas som ledord för att överkomma svårigheter. Studien har sin utgångspunkt i två icke-deltagande observationer av samrådsmöten genomförda av Stockholm Stad och sex efterföljande djupintervjuer med de tjänstemän eller konsulter som varit med och utformat eller genomfört den muntliga kommunikationen. Resultatet visar på otillfredsställande meningsfullhet gällande formen för samrådsmötet och medborgarnas upplevelse i och med oklart syfte och mål samt olika förväntningar, vilket ledde till sammanställning av syftes- och målmodeller att användas som underlag till utformning av samrådsmöten. Studien genererade också en modell över framgångsfaktorer för muntlig kommunikation vid samrådsmöten med kasam som utgångspunkt, där också aspekter kring till viss del otillfredsställande begriplighet och hanterbarhet omfattas. Kasam-komponenterna anses av forskaren ha tydliggjort på vilka områden och på vilket sätt frustration och svårigheter uppkommer vid samrådsmöten och vilka aspekter som skulle kunna stärkas för att förebygga detta.

  • 23.
    Al-Neyazi, Sara
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Lagom Stockholm: Studie av förhållandet mellan Stockholms marknadsföring och utbytesstudenters syn på staden.2016Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Syftet med denna studie är att undersöka om det finns en glappa i marknadsföringen av Stockholm samt hur besökare upplever Stockholm, genom att göra forskning i hur staden marknadsförs som och hur turismen upplevs i staden. Med hjälp av studien kan det göras vidare forskning inom turismbranschen för att i framtiden locka ännu fler besökare och därmed få turismbranschen att växa. Studien är fokuserad på utbytesstudenter som har studerat på Stockholms universitet i ett eller två terminer inom perioden hösten 2004 och hösten 2014. I studien ingår en enkätundersökning samt några intervjuer för att få en djupare förståelse av studenternas upplevelser och aktiviteter i Stockholm.

    Resultatet visar att de flesta utbytesstudenter har gjort aktiviteter som Stockholm har som avsikt att marknadsföra. Marknadsföringen sker internationellt för både affärsresenärer och fritidsresande. Studien visar att Stockholm marknadsför sig till en bred kategori av människor med flera aktiviteter för att matcha med så många människor som möjligt. 

  • 24.
    Alsén, Emelie
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Från räddningsaktion till turistattraktion: Friluftsmuseet Gamla Linköping2013Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Uppsatsen är en studie av friluftsmuseet Gamla Linköping och undersöker hur förändringar i kulturarvsvården påverkat museets utveckling. Gamla Linköping består framför allt av byggnader som flyttats till platsen på grund av att de varit rivningshotade på ursprungsplatsen. Syftet med uppsatsen är att undersöka hur dessa hus valts ut och om valet av byggnader påverkar besökarnas bild av Gamla Linköping. Studien grundas främst på intervjuer med personer med koppling till Gamla Linköping, museets besökare, litteratur och dokument. Resultatet visar att byggnaderna som flyttats till friluftsmuseet valts utan någon direkt baktanke, medan det funnits en önskan från friluftsmuseets grundare om vilken typ av byggnader som ska visas upp. 

  • 25.
    Amanda, Bergvall
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Det ska vara roligt, varierande och mindre asfalt: En uppsats om vad barns inflytande och delaktighet kan tillföra i samhällsplaneringen2013Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Sedan FN:s konvention om barns rättigheter har barns inflytande och delaktighet i samhällsplaneringen stärkts i de frågor som rör barnet. Konventionen hävdar att det är barnens rätt att bilda och uttrycka sina egna åsikter samt att dessa ska respekteras och tas på allvar. Forskningen har genom flera studier kunnat konstatera att barns deltagande är ovärderligt i de frågor som berör dem men att projekt sällan vet hur man ska gå tillväga för att lyckas uppnå ett verkligt inflytande för barnen. I min uppsats undersöker jag hur barnperspektivet behandlas i planeringen och vid utformningen av staden med fokus på vad barnen kan tillföra samt varför det är viktigt med barnperspektivet.  Jag har tillsammans med en grundskoleklass undersökt olika metoder och tillvägagångssätt där barnen fått möjligheten att uttrycka sina tankar och idéer kring sin närmiljö på ett varierat och kreativt sätt. Resultatet i min studie visar att barns perspektiv är komplexa men att de tillför ett unikt och nyskapande kunskapsunderlag som inte kan åstadkommas utan barnen. Barnens bidrag kan vidare användas tillsammans med övrigt material vid utformning och bearbetning av planer och program. Samtidigt visar resultatet att barn inte får tillräckligt med utrymme att faktiskt påverka planeringen vilket framförallt anses bero på för lite kunskap och erfarenhet kring hur arbetet med barn ska tillämpas.     

     

     

    Nyckelord: Barn, barnperspektiv, barns perspektiv, inflytande, delaktighet, samhällsplanering

  • 26.
    Anderberg, Niklas
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography.
    Betesmarker i Mjölkkrisens Sverige: Mjölkbönder och betesmarken, landskapet och framtiden2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The situation for Swedish dairy farmers has been difficult since 2014. Many are choosing to close down their businesses. At the same time, Sweden has experienced a reduction of important habitats consisting of grazing lands, a trend that is still ongoing. This study explores how dairy farmers look at grasslands, their values, management, and future. Through interviews with dairy farmers it investigates how farmers look at the systems of environmental compensation awarded for the management of pastures and grassland habitats. The study concludes that is primarily an aesthetic landscape value that is the main reason behind the desire to preserve pastures amongst farmers. This can be linked to a personal relationship between the farmers and the landscape he/she grew up in and help create through with their work. Any reduction in grasslands has not been observed by a majority of the interviewed farmers, despite the fact that such a reduction is occurring in their counties as a whole. This suggests that the situation can vary widely at a local level. The opinions concerning the environmental compensations vary among the interviewees, but overall there is a wish for a less bureaucratic system that provides more flexibility for the farmer. This wish for less bureaucracy is also found concerning the system around the law demanding that all cows should be allowed to graze during a period of the year. In the end, it seems important for the future of grazinglands and the habitats they create that profitability returns to the dairy farmers, since without farmers grazing will be further reduced. Today’s difficult situation for the farmers increases the risk of it being difficult to find the workforce of future farmers who are willing and able to perform the work that is done today.

  • 27.
    Anderson, Leo
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Hotell: platsen för det nya urbana mötet2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Hotellbranschen har utvecklats till att fokuserar mer på att locka externa besökare utifrån, vilket förändrar dynamiken kring hur hotell ser på sig själva och dess omgivning. Denna uppsats syftar till att studerar hur hotellen använder sina publika utrymmen såsom lobby, bar och restaurang till att locka mer människor utifrån och vilka typer av rum som skapas. Uppsatsens empiriska material bygger på intervjuer med anställda på olika hotellkedjor i Stockholms län. Det teoretiska ramverket bygger främst på Ray Oldenburgs teori om den tredje platsen men även kring teorier om hotellens påverkan på städer, tjänstesamhällets utbredning och teorin om buzz. Resultatet av studien visar att hotellen har förutsättningar och möjligheter att fungera som mötesplatser som liknar den tredje platsen genom att de fått nya möjligheter genom att kombinera deras tillgång till ytor och ny teknik. Hotellens inställning till att vara en mötesplats varierar utifrån dess geografiska läge, då hotell i prime location lägen och i områden som ska eller har genomgått stadsomvandlingar var mer positiva än hotell med andra geografiska förutsättningar.

  • 28.
    Andersson, Agnes
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    The bright lights grow fainter: livelihoods, migration and a small town in Zimbabwe2002Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The Aids pandemic and structural adjustment policies (SAP) have had effects on lower income households in Zimbabwe which have been devastating and people have been required to adapt their livelihood strategies. Small towns meanwhile are growing rapidly in Zimbabwe and mobility towards these towns may be connected with the changes being forged by SAP on the economic landscape. This study seeks to establish how the individual migrant uses mobility to negotiate this landscape. This involves mobility directed towards small towns to access advantageous provisioning possibilities, and also the engagement in a multitude of family linkages from the small town to other places within the settlement system. Substantiated through a case study of Rusape, this study suggests that lower living costs, higher food security and a more accessible labour market may be attracting migrants from higher level urban centres. The role of the network of kin relations in mobility is important and migrants’ networks over space cover both rural homes and urban areas. The access to networks, however, is being stratified under SAP and the ability to maintain linkages with relatives is declining, suggesting a rising vulnerability connected with the inability of leaving places and entering others.

  • 29.
    Andersson, Emma
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology.
    Jämställd samhällsplanering - en möjlighet för Stockholm?: En studie om framväxten av Hjorthagen, Norra Djurgårdsstaden2013Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Många byggprojekt håller på att genomföras i Stockholm för att möta befolkningsökningen. Uppsatsens syfte är att ta reda på och redovisa om och hur de involverade aktörerna i byggnationen av Hjorthagen, Norra Djurgårdsstaden i Stockholm arbetar med genus- och jämställdhetsfrågor. Frågan är om Hjorthagen kommer att kunna bli en mer jämställd stadsdel än de övriga i Stockholm. Hypotesen som uppsatsen fokuserat kring är att ambitionerna att skapa en ökad jämställhet finns men att de inte införlivas.

    Den svenska staten försöker implementera jämställdhetsarbetet inom de flesta områden idag men samhällsplaneringen har inte visat något större intresse för detta. Det är Stockholms stad som har det övergripande ansvaret för den fysiska planeringen i Stockholm men också för den sociala hållbarheten där jämställdhet räknas in. Det finns flertalet dokument från bland annat Trafikverket (tidigare Vägverket), Stockholms stad och andra aktörer om hur jämställdhetsproblem ska tacklas men ännu syns inga tecken på sådan aktivitet i den fysiska planeringen. Samhällsplaneringen har i princip alltid varit könsblind och är fortfarande idag, så även i Sverige. Inom samhällsplaneringen betyder detta att kvinnors behov och erfarenheter inte uppmärksammas och man fortsätter att befästa och reproducera denna ojämställdhet.

    Studien som har genomförts är av kvalitativ typ och har analyserat intervjumaterial, litteratur och dokument för tydliggöra hur genus- och jämställdhetsfrågor behandlas av de inblandade aktörerna. Det är en deduktiv och hermeneutisk studie som till största del baseras på intervjuer av semistrukturerad natur. Intervjuerna har skett öga mot öga med representanter från Stockholms stad, politiker, byggföretag med flera.

    Resultatet av studien visar att jämställdhetsfrågan inte berörs i någon större utsträckning inom fysisk planering. En långsiktig framtidsvision publicerades 2007 där det fanns en önskan om att göra Stockholm till världens mest jämställda huvudstad till år 2030. Detta är dock något som inte syns idag. Det empiriska materialet visar på att Hjorthagen troligtvis inte kommer att bli en mer jämställd stadsdel än de övriga i Stockholm eftersom inget arbete för detta sker.

  • 30.
    Andersson, Eva
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Abramsson, Marianne
    Changing residential mobility rates of older people in Sweden2012In: Ageing & Society, ISSN 0144-686X, E-ISSN 1469-1779, Vol. 32, no 6, 963-982 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The lifestyle of the baby boomers as retirees has been assumed to differ from older cohorts due to them being financially more stable and having grown up during the welfare state expansion. Many baby boomers live in large houses with gardens that require maintenance and labour. Recent studies have indicated that a growing share of those born in the 1940s in Sweden express a wish to change residence at retirement or in old age. A need to verify such results statistically was identified to confirm whether there has been an increase in residential mobility among older people. As a result, moves that took place during 2001–06 of the total cohort born in the 1940s were compared to similar moves by those born in the 1930s, ten years earlier during 1991–96, i.e. those aged 57–66 in 1996 and 2006. The study used a register database, Geoswede, containing the entire Swedish population. The study showed increased residential mobility rates among the 1940s cohort compared to the cohort born in the 1930s. However, explanations for the differences between the cohorts were not evident.

  • 31.
    Andersson, Eva
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Abramsson, Marianne
    Linköping University.
    Malmberg, Bo
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Residential Preferences of the Elderly Population: Age, Class, and Geographical Context2014Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 32.
    Andersson, Eva K.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Rural housing market hot spots and footloose in-migrants2015In: Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, ISSN 1566-4910, E-ISSN 1573-7772, Vol. 30, no 1, 17-37 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study applies a housing market perspective to hot spots in rural Northern Sweden. Here, the concept of a hot spot is defined as a place with rising house prices and in-migration of households with higher than average education and income. Perceptions and performances in these particular housing markets are studied using interviews. Three locations are explored through interviews with footloose households. The aim is to explore factors that shape rural housing market hot spots, using narratives from footloose in-migrants. There is a need for greater understanding of the spread and maintenance of hot spots and rural housing markets in regional planning. Also, housing markets in the countryside are more scantily investigated than in urban areas. In an unbalanced housing market, with higher prices and limited supply in the urban areas, hot spots in rural areas are anomalies that do not follow traditional housing market theories. Results show that hot spots are locations with natural beauty to which households moved upon finding employment. Footloose in-migrants are thus discovered to indicate a hot spot development. The hot spot areas have the extra natural beauty, cheap housing in combination with a high status, as well as it is a location suitable for commuting. Hot spots have a rare combination of factors sought after by footloose in-migrants.

  • 33.
    Andersson, Eva K
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    From Valley of Sadness to Hill of Happiness: The Significance of Surroundings for Socioeconomic Career2004In: Urban Studies, ISSN 0042-0980, E-ISSN 1360-063X, Vol. 41, no 3, 641-659 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Interest in neighbourhood effects has been increasing. This article is a contribution to the field, directed towards the entire areas of three municipalities in Sweden, not only their distressed areas, and to their total population with data from the Statistics Sweden register. The aim of the study is to analyse the significance of surroundings to an individual's socioeconomic career in the form of education, occupational status and income. Guided by a theoretical framework of social justice, the study proposes places of good fortune and places of few opportunities. The survey cohort is individuals born in 1970, who lived at least 5 years in the same area during their adolescence. Their careers are analysed 10 years later, in 1995. The most important finding is that the socio-demographic and physical context of the residential area of adolescence affects the subsequent socioeconomic career.

  • 34.
    Andersson, Eva K.
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Malmberg, Bo
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Segregation and the effects of adolescent residential context on poverty risks and early income career: A study of the Swedish 1980 cohort2016In: Urban Studies, ISSN 0042-0980, E-ISSN 1360-063XArticle in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Will the consequences of residential segregation, that is, spatial concentration of marginalized populations on the one hand, and spatial concentration of affluent populations on the other hand, generate a situation where individual life trajectories are influenced by where individuals grow up? Our aim is to analyze how poverty risks and early income career at adult age are influenced by different neighborhood contexts in early youth. We use Swedish longitudinal register data, and follow individuals born in 1980 until 2012. Residential context is measured in 1995 at age 15 by expanding a buffer around the residential locations of each individual and, by computing statistical aggregates of different socio-demographic variables for that population. The results show that poverty risks increase for individuals growing up in areas characterized by high numbers of social allowance recipients living nearby, whereas elite geographical context is favorable for both women’s and men’s future income.

  • 35.
    Andersson, Eva K
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Naumanen, Päivi
    Ruonavaara, Hannu
    Turner, Bengt
    Housing, Socio-Economic Security and Risks. A Qualitative Comparison of Household Attitudes in Finland and Sweden2007In: European Journal of Housing Policy, ISSN 1461-6718, E-ISSN 1473-3269, Vol. 7, no 2, 151-172 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper addresses the meaning of housing and the perception of socio-economic security of different forms of tenure in Sweden and Finland. Household interviews reveal that, in stark contrast to Finland, Swedish respondents think that home ownership is not safer than renting. Few ‘absolutists’ can be found in Sweden who believe that one tenure is superior to the other, while home ownership is still favoured in Finland despite a major housing crash in the 1990s. However, some similarities were also present: for example, even though renting has a much more positive image in Sweden than in Finland, home ownership nonetheless was the number one housing preference. There are prima facie reasons to assume that attitudes in the two countries would tend towards convergence given the marked similarities in culture and society due to common history and cultural diffusion (usually from Sweden to Finland) and similar welfare state models producing relatively low income inequality. The paper hypothesizes that differences in attitudes are due to different institutional arrangements in connection with different cultural values attached to housing and tenure.

  • 36.
    Andersson, Eva K
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Subramanian, S.V.
    Harvard School of Public Health.
    Explorations of neighborhood and educational outcomes for young Swedes2006In: Urban Studies, ISSN 0042-0980, E-ISSN 1360-063X, Vol. 43, no 11, 2013-2025 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this study is to estimate the impact of neighbourhoods on educational outcome for adolescents in Sweden. Using a multilevel statistical approach and the PLACE database that consists of a census of individuals in 1990-2000 in Sweden, the paper explores different domains of neighbourhood characteristics that predict educational outcomes in adolescents. Educational achievement in year 2000 was measured for three cohorts, geocoded to their neighbourhood environments. It was found that neighbourhood characteristics related to socioeconomic resources and demographic stability are predictors of individual educational outcomes. A strong association between neighbourhood socio-cultural capital variables and education were also observed. Despite national policies on availability and access to education in Sweden, there are substantial inequalities in educational outcomes that are not simply a result of differences in individual characteristics.

  • 37.
    Andersson, Eva
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Malmberg, Bo
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Östh, John
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Travel-to-schooldistances in Sweden 2000–2006: changing school geography with equality implications2012In: Journal of Transport Geography, ISSN 0966-6923, Vol. 23, no SI, 35-43 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Twenty years ago the Swedish school system underwent serious change in that students were given the right to choose their school, though those living near each school had priority. Since then, there has been a new geographical debate concerning where students live and go to school and possible implications of this on student educational achievement and educational equality, as well as on students’ daily lives. In studies of changes in the school system, traveldistances to school have so far been less studied in the Swedish context. In this paper we will analyze the changes in distance to school for 15-year-olds, from 2000 to 2006, in order to identify who, and in which context, is traveling shorter/longer distances, and thus performing a school choice. We use register data from the database PLACE, Uppsala University. The focus is not on effects on achievement, nor school composition, but instead on the difference in ability/possibility of using school choice as measured by distance. A time-geography approach concerning variation in constraints between students is used. School choice may be a matter of preference for certain schools, but importantly, it might also be a matter of time and space restrictions for families with fewer resources; that is, with less spatial capital and a limited opportunity structure. Results show that travel to schooldistances have increased since the year 2000. Foreign-born students are traveling shorter distances, except for those with highly educated parents. Shorter distances are also travelled by students from families with social assistance and for visible minorities in areas where such minorities exist.

  • 38.
    Andersson, Eva
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Malmberg, Bo
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Östh, John
    Kulturgeografiska institutionen, Uppsala universitet.
    Travel-to-school distances in Sweden 2000-2006: Changing school geography with equality implications2011Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 39. Andersson, Hans
    et al.
    Widgren, MatsStockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Kan man leva på en ödegård? Huvudgårdar, landbotorp och odlingssystem under medeltid i Lägerbobygden, Östergötland2016Collection (editor) (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Is it possible to survive on a deserted farm: Manors, tenants and farming systems during the Middle Ages in the Lägerbo area, Östergötland. 

    This study approaches the late medieval farm desertion from a landscape perspective. It focuses on the area of a former medieval estate in southern Östergötland, Sweden. Based on a retrogressive analysis of cadastral maps and historical records the medieval settlement is reconstructed. In this process three formerly unknown deserted farms were identified, with abandoned field systems and building remains.  The volume provides the archaeological documentation of field systems and settlements at these sites. These data provide the background for investigating the shifting social and ecological circumstances that once made it possible for tenant families to survive on these farms. During the height of the manorial system the small farms were specialised units in a redistributive system. In the late 14th century the estate and all tenant farms were donated to the convents of Vadstena and Vreta.  Rents were no longer paid in labour but in butter.  In the fifteenth century several farms were abandoned and turned into meadows under the surviving farms. The new tenurial relations prevented the recolonization of the farms. The study is the result of an interdisciplinary project involving medieval archaeology, historical geography, palynology and medieval history.

  • 40. Andersson, Hans
    et al.
    Widgren, Mats
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Inledning2016In: Kan man leva på en ödegård? Huvudgårdar, landbotorp och odlingssystem under medeltid i Lägerbobygden, Östergötland / [ed] Hans Andersson, Mats Widgren, Stockholm: Kungl. Vitterhets Historie och Antikvitets Akademien, 2016, 11-23 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 41. Andersson, Hans
    et al.
    Widgren, Mats
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Ekologi och samhällsförändringar sedda genom en ödegård2016In: Kan man leva på en ödegård?: Huvudgårdar, landbotorp och odlingssystem under medeltid i Lägerbobygden, Östergötland / [ed] Hans Andersson, Mats Widgren, Stockholm: Kungl. Vitterhets Historie och Antikvitets Akademien, 2016, 185-192 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 42.
    Andersson, Ida
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    "Green cities" going greener? Local environmental policymaking & place branding in the ”Greenest city in Europe”Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    A growing number of cities around the world have taken advantage of their green image of the purpose of place branding. In the research literature, it is suggested that these practices are motivated by place-based competition over financial and social capital, combined with more holistic motives of sustainable urban development. However, although an increasing number of green cities are engaged in place branding, few studies have researched the impact of place branding on environmental policy-making in a city. What happens to local environmental policy-making when a framework of place branding embraces it? Addressing this issue, this paper discusses how the continuity of local environmental policy-making is affected by place-branding practices. To tackle this task, the paper first introduces an analytical framework of the elements in environmental policy-making that have been identified as generating a green status for cities. Secondly, using that framework, this paper present an in-depth case study of a city branding itself as the “Greenest city in Europe”. Drawing on the growing body of work on green cities, this paper investigates the “understudied” practice of using policy for the purpose of place branding as well as the impact of place branding “on the environment”.

  • 43.
    Andersson, Ida
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Placing place branding: an analysis of an emerging research field in human geography2014In: Geografisk tidsskrift, ISSN 0016-7223, Vol. 114, no 2, 143-155 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A growing trend among policy-makers is to regard place branding as a crucial component of regional development strategies. Alongside this shift in policy, research on place branding has increased drastically throughout the social sciences, building on concepts and ideas from corporate branding. This research has been given a number of critical testimonies claiming that place branding lacks coherent theoretical frameworks based on research findings, that it promotes simplified perspectives of places and that little empirical evidence is found to support positive effects of place branding. Branding is at the same time argued to be inherently geographical, since it is situated in and associated with spaces and places. Based on these claims and with the aim to contribute to the understanding of this emerging literature, this paper provides an in-depth analysis of the conceptual development of place branding research in human geography making three claims: Firstly, the theoretical understandings of place branding have moved beyond a conceptual framework stemming from corporate branding. Secondly, these theoretical developments are mainly derived from empirically based research. Thirdly, geographers, by studying place branding using various conceptions of place as defined in human geography, are making distinctive conceptual contributions to the multi-disciplinary research field of place branding.

  • 44.
    Andersson, Ida
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Beyond “Guggenheiming”: From flagship buildings to flagship space in Sweden2014In: Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift - Norwegian Journal of Geography, ISSN 0029-1951, Vol. 68, no 4, 228-237 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Flagship buildings are promoted as a good strategy to stimulate economic development. Pushed by a range of actors, “best practice” examples are being copied from place to place around the globe. Flagship buildings are accompanied by a discourse of place branding that stresses a need for cities to improve their attractiveness. Drawing on this discourse and ongoing discussions on deterritorialization and reterritorialization in urban and economic geography, the author argues that there is an overly deterritorialized approach to flagship buildings in the place-branding literature. Using a conceptual framework inspired by the reterritorialization debate, she introduces the concept of “flagship space,” emphasizing a dualism in place branding encompassing both deterritorialized and territorial processes that in interplay create best-practice examples. The empirical analysis examines the development of five flagship hotels in Sweden. The author concludes that the five hotels have both created and are constantly reproducing their statuses as flagship developments. However, the creation and reproduction of status is not only upheld by the operators of the hotels but is also a joint effort of actors in the local community. Through these processes and practices the understanding of the hotels is broadened from merely being flagship buildings to creators of flagship space.

  • 45.
    Andersson, Ida
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Geographies of Place Branding: Researching through small and medium sized cities2015Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Place branding is commonly conceptualized with a focus on big cities, such as London, New York and Singapore, building from concepts and models from mainstream branding theory. In contrast to such conceptualizations, this thesis focuses on place branding in small and medium-sized cities. The present thesis aims to study place branding from a geographical perspective. It starts with debates theoretical and empirical understandings of place branding; what it is and how it is affecting the places where it is introduced. The thesis develops and argues for a perspective of territoriality and relationality to place branding discussing concepts, methods and empirical approaches to carry out place branding research using geographical perspectives. Empirically, this thesis focuses on in-depth studies of place branding in small and medium-sized cities in Sweden. By analyzing the development of place branding over the course of time, nuances and aspects of both territorial and relational origin emerge, situating place branding practices within a wider spatial contextualization. Four individual papers are presented, which taken together contribute to the aim of the thesis. Paper 1 introduces the place branding research field in geography and how it has developed; Paper 2 investigates the phenomena of flagship buildings located in small cities and towns; Paper 3 discusses the relationship between policy tourism and place branding; and Paper 4 analyzes how local environmental policies are affected by green place branding. The thesis demonstrates the complex and continuously interchangeable spatial structures and place contexts that create and re-produce the geographies of place branding. Here, research models and methodological examples are presented to illustrate how place branding can be studied from a geographical perspective and thus improve theoretical understandings of place branding.

  • 46.
    Andersson, Ida
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Hermelin, Brita
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Hur hållbar utveckling blev en fråga om hållbara städer, nätverksplanering och hållbar tillväxt2012In: Hållbar utveckling: samhällsplanering, lokala villkor och globala beroenden / [ed] Lennart Tonell, Stockholm: Svenska sällskapet för antropologi och geografi , 2012Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 47.
    Andersson, Louise
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Access to safe water in rural Bangladesh: An intersectional analysis of the arsenic crisis in rural Bangladesh2014Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

     The purpose of this thesis is to study the intersectional impact of the arsenic crisis and the access to safe water in rural Bangladesh. Particular focus is set on the gender-related differences in the impact of arsenicosis. In order to also understand how different groups of women are affected by the arsenic crisis an intersectional analysis is utilized. The empirical data was collected during a qualitative case study in six arsenic acute villages in southwest Bangladesh. The study has applied a feminist geographical conceptual framework and utilized semi structured interviews and focus groups as primary methods: 49 semi structured interviews and 16 focus groups. Additional information has been gathered through observations and secondary sources. The results of the study indicate that the arsenic crisis and the access to safe water are aggravating gender inequalities as well as gender roles and responsibilities. The gender inequalities related to arsenicosis are particularly manifested in the access to health care and in the degree of social stigmatization: women are the biggest victims, and unmarried women in particular. The study also concludes that multiple axes of oppression such as class, disability, age and race should additionally be considered along with gender when studying the impact of the arsenic crisis on women. Along with gender oppression these additional groups of oppression are the most important ones in determining the magnitude of the negative impact of the arsenic crisis on women.

  • 48.
    Andersson, Sanna
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Flexibilitet: Att skapa flexibla stadsmiljöer och rum för det annorlunda2012Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    I denna essä undersöker jag hur olika idéer kring att skapa flexibla stadsmiljöer kan kopplas till målen om social hållbarhet. Argumenten och efterfrågan av flexibilitet diskuteras i förhållande till en förändrad syn på samhället och begreppet rum samt en strävan efter att skapa plats för det ”annorlunda”.  I arbetet förs en diskussion om hur olika teorier använder sig av flexibilitet och vilken form av flexibilitet man syftar på. Den konceptuella diskussionen kompletteras med två exempel från Stockholms stad, en urban trädgård och en normkritisk bar/galleri/scen. Den flexibilitet som argumenteras för i de idéer som jag sett närmare på fokuserar på gränser, fysiska och mentala som verkar för ramar i stadsmiljöer. Man förespråkar att se processerna som skapar och formar rummen och gränserna som skapas som plurala. Genom att arbeta med flexibla gränser så kan man skapa mångtydiga stadsmiljöer som är öppna även för det ”annorlunda”.

  • 49.
    Andervad, Erik
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    To care about the environment: Technologies of government in forest conservation - Khasi Hills, India2014Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Involvement of communities in forest conservation and other forms of environmental governance isproliferating. Reduced emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD+) is one mechanism,designed to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases by reversing deforestation trends in low-incomecountries. The benefits of involving communities in conservation projects have been recognized,but one aspect of environmental governance that so far has received less attention is how theinterests and attitudes of people towards the environment are altering over time and with newinstitutional arrangements. Based on interviews and group discussions during fieldwork in theKhasi Hills REDD+ project, Meghalaya, India, profound changes in environmental subjectivitieswere found among the people in the area. New regulations, changes in the environment, raisedawareness, and changed practices have turned forests into an entity seen as important for protection.Using a governmentality framework, the objectives and rationalities of forest protection have beeninternalized among the population. Further, the material characteristics of nature was found to be anaspect in subject formation. This thesis argues that local attitudes towards conservation correspondto changes beyond governance structures that ought to be taken under consideration for why peoplecome to perceive the environment as they do.

  • 50.
    Andrae, Gunilla
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Beckman, Björn
    Lagos Tailors, Trade Unions, and Organizations in the Informal Economy2013In: African Studies Review, ISSN 0002-0206, E-ISSN 1555-2462, Vol. 56, no 3, 191-208 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In January 2012 a broad spectrum of popular groups staged an unprecedented protest against the removal of what has been termed a “subsidy” on fuel prices by the Nigerian government. The participation of tailors in this national political event suggests that self-employed artisans were prepared to transcend their narrow nonpolitical agenda to promote their interests and demands for decent social and economic conditions. Interviews with participating organization representatives in Lagos indicate the supportive role of alliances with labor unions and organized informal workers at large. We see current global developments in the textile industry as conducive to this outcome.

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