Social and Economic Geography

Research in social and economic geography helps us understand and explain changes in the surrounding world. The Department of Social and Economic Geography enjoys a considerable reputation, with competence and international competitiveness across a wide range of societal issues. Its research targets both Swedish and international conditions.

The Department is pursuing major research programs/projects and/or offers special expertise in above all the following areas: The Center for Research on Innovation and Industrial Dynamics (CIND) is hosted by the Department of Social and Economic Geography. CIND carries out economic/geographic research on business transformation, labor market and working life, and the economic development of cities and regions. One current field of research involves cultural/creative industries and knowledge-based societies. Social geographic research on population issues, housing and built environments, especially targeting urban development, migration, and social and ethnic segregation, discrimination, and racism. Socioeconomic and geographic research on ethnic entrepreneurship, migration and development studies, with a special focus on immigrant companies, integration, social exclusion, and international migration. Research on long-term processes of social transformation, with a special focus on transformation processes in Eastern and Central Europe. The object of study here is long-term consequences for individuals and society of programs for reprivatization of real estate, altered minority relations in post-Soviet countries, and the results of the lack of Soviet environmental care in terms of changed landscapes and altered conditions for business. Research on social planning, urban growth, spatial effects of ICT (information and communication technology), and the Nordic intellectual history of social and economic geography. Geographic environmental and landscape research. This research examines the impact on society and the environment of projects, plans, and programs. Methods are developed to identify, quantify, alleviate, and monitor negative consequences for society and the environment. Landscape changes in modern and historical times, their background, and consequences are investigated. Research on gender relations and regional development is pursued both internationally and nationally. Current research fields are child labor in urban environments in developing countries, migration of women in a global perspective, and geographic perspectives on masculinities and femininities.

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Susanne Stenbacka


Department of Social and Economic Geography
Institute for Housing and Urban Research


The following undergraduate programs at Uppsala University
are related to this research

» Master of Science programme in Sociotechnical System Engineering
» Bachelor Programme in Social Sciences
» Bachelor Programme in Urban and Regional Planning
» Master Programme in Social Sciences

Innovation and Industrial Dynamics