I obtained my PhD (economic geography) in 2010 on the thesis "Labour mobility and plant performance: The influence of proximity, relatedness and agglomeration". In 2012 I became senior lecturer in Human geography and then Associate professor in 2014. In 2016 I became Full professor of economic geography. I am also currently the Director of PhD-studies in human geography. During 2013 I spent six months as Associated research fellow at London School of Economics.
My research interests include evolutionary notions of regional economic transformation, regional growth and inequality, agglomeration economies and the evolving geography of work and employment. I have written theoretically informed empirical articles on the role of labour dynamics in agglomerations (Environment & Planning A, 2008), the role of knowledge flows for plant performance (Journal of Economic Geography, 2009), and on the significance for firms and regions to match new skills with existing competences in different parts of the space economy (Economic Geography, 2011; Journal of Economic Geography, 2009; Regional Studies 2014). I have also contributed with critical appraisals of recent amenity driven approaches to regional and urban development and its relevance in various spatial contexts (Environment & Planning A, 2013; Regional Studies 2014).
Currently, my research focus is mainly on how the agglomeration and composition of skills and industries shapes labour market matching and the evolution of job creation and destruction in different parts of the Swedish economy. This work is part of two different projects (financed by Forte and Riksbankens Jubileumsfond) aiming to gain further knowledge on processes influencing the access to jobs and how individuals, firms and regions adapt to chocks (for example, major plant closures and structural change). For a more detailed description of the two projects, see "Research projects".
Current research cooperation outside Umeå University implies links to following research institutions:
I am a frequent reviewer on topics such as agglomeration economies, regional development, knowledge flows and plant performance for journals like Economic Geography, Journal of Economic Geography, Regional Studies, European Urban and Regional Studies, European Planning Studies.
My main teaching concerns teaching and coordinating courses in economic geography at undergraduate level and quantitative methods at advanced level. I am also involved in supervising both PhD-candidates as well as master and bachelor theses.
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