A workshop series to advance research on urban and regional policy in the Nordic countries and beyond (2018–2020)

The objective of the workshops is to understand the character of diverse policy styles in urban and regional policy-making from theoretical, methodological and empirical approaches. The workshops aim to develop theoretical understanding about whether different stages of the policy process are subject to particular 'ways of operating' or rely on particular operating routines, and how this influences the way in which policy approaches evolve. The workshops also aim to develop a comparative methodology based on different theories and methods aimed at examining and comparing urban and regional policies, policy cultures and practices in the Nordic countries. Both the theoretical and methodological objectives of the project are informed by empirical evidence gathered from across the Nordic countries.

All workshops will be attended by a combination of early career academics and experienced researchers from research institutes and university departments across the Nordic countries and elsewhere in Europe. The workshops will also when appropriate include experts from outside the academia. A central aim of the workshops is to foster new collaboration and research innovation in a Nordic setting.

The project is coordinated by Lukas Smas, Senior Lecturer in Human Geography with a focus on Urban and Regional Planning at the Department of Human Geography, Stockholm University, in collaboration with:

  • Daniel Galland, Associate Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences.
  • Hege Hofstad, Researcher at the Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research, Oslo Metropolitan University.
  • Raine Mäntysalo, Professor of Strategic Urban Planning, Department of Built Environment, Aalto University, Finland
  • Frank Othengrafen, Associate Professor of Regional Planning and Spatial Research, Institute of Environmental Planning, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany
  • Peter Schmitt, Associate Professor in Human Geography with a focus on Urban and Regional Planning, Department of Human Geography, Stockholm University, Sweden
  • Dominic Stead, Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands.

The workshop series is supported by The Joint Committee for Nordic research councils in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NOS-HS) and financed by the Swedish Research Council.

For more information about the project and workshops please contact Lukas Smas, lukas.smas@humangeo.su.se.