Nina Vogel

Nina Vogel
Program Coordinator of SLU Urban Futures - Framtidens Städer & Researcher at the Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management, SLU Alnarp. Areas of interest: • Sustainable (urban) development and planning • Transformations of urban sites • Urban mobility planning • Sustainable (mobility) transitions • Alternative governance approaches & urban commons • Social justice & deep-green alternatives • Action research


Nina Vogel is coordinating SLU's Urban Futures platform and affliliated to the Governance and Managment theme group at the Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management, SLU Alnarp.
She is trained as urban planner and holds a PhD in Planning & Development with focus on sustainable urban development and mobility transitions.
Her current research engages with transformation of urban sites, temporary uses and local democracy, alternative governance approaches and the notion of urban commons. She is also member of the Urban Commons Research Group at Malmö Högskola.



- Planning Project: Driving Forces & Contemporary Tendencies 2017 / SLU, Alnarp

- HSU Teorikurs / SLU, Alnarp

- Advanced Design / LTH, Lund

- Planning project – large scale structures, analysis and EIA / SLU, Alnarp

- DIS - Study Abroad in Scandinavia (Cph/DK); External Lecturer at the Urban Studies in Europe Program

- Stadens Utmaningar / SLU, Alnarp

- Planning Project: Driving Forces & Contemporary Tendencies 2016 / SLU, Alnarp

- Planning Project: Driving Forces & Contemporary Tendencies 2015 / SLU, Alnarp

- Teaching within philosophy of science course with focus on futures studies and scenarios at Aalborg University (AAU), Aalborg/DK. 




New space cooperatives: Governing and transforming future urban sites. Postdoctoral research project within FUSE at SLU Alnarp, 2015-2017. This research facilitates knowledge about perceptive planning and governing urban sites alternatively, thus animates people to think beyond their professional boundaries and/or personal bias and may also view qualities of spaces differently. The project engages with effective and improved planning practice, which comprises an ethical and critical component in regards to current sustainability rationales embedded in often growth-led planning practice. Here applying and exploring a critical sustainability notion in form of e.g. commons will link to the possible challenge of generating and maintaining sustainable environments.

Transition in the making: Acritical dispute on urban transition processes toward sustainable mobility. PhD project affiliated to SusTrans at Aalborg University, Denmark, 2010-2014. In this PhD thesis I studied sustainable mobility transition strategies to offer critical reflection on existing solution approaches and possible alternatives. The thesis demonstrates reverse effects of technological fixes, inequitable development through unlimited mobility ideals, and limits to urban growth calling for an alternative path. The inquiry promotes more radical change and restructuring to achieve an environmentally sustainable and just mobility future.



FUSE - Future Urban Sustainable Transitions. Research platform established 2010 at the Swedish University of Agricultural Science (SLU). FUSE is dedicated to interdisciplinary research with emphasis on the design, planning and management of future urban environments. The platform recently has three specific research directions: 1. Urban greenery and forestry in a compact city. 2. Systems landscape – from region to urban districts. 3. Transforming urban sites. Research is conducted with trans-disciplinary and/or inter-disciplinary approaches or within one specific scientific field or methodology. (

SusTrans - Enabling and governing transitions to a low-carbon society. Sustainable Transitions (SusTrans) is a cross disciplinary research alliance between Technical University of Denmark, Aalborg University and the Business School Aarhus University in cooperation with universities in Eindhoven, Munich and Notthingham, 2010-2014. The overall strategy of the research alliance was to work with cross-cutting issues of transition at four key transition arenas in society: policy, households, companies and cities. Through an integrative combination of historical analysis, case studies and action research, the research project analyzed the roles of socio-technical experiments, creation and utilization of ‘windows of opportunity’ and stabilization of changes in societal niches into regime transformation. The alliance provided knowledge and methods to enable different stakeholders’ development of governance strategies in order to handle and navigate through the complex and conflicting nature of transition processes. (


Supervision and examination of master students thesis work at SLU, Alnarp.

Supervision and examination of students regarding diverse themes in urban planning and mobility studies at different semesters in the master’s program Urban Planning and Management (UPM) at Aalborg University (AAU), Aalborg/DK.

Publikationer i urval

Vogel, N. (2017): Synergies through entanglement: Commoning entering the Urban Governance Realm. The Public Sector, 43(1) Commons reloaded. Potentials and Challenges in Urban and Regional Development, 7-18.

Vogel, N. (2017): # Pixlapiren – Ett urbant experiment. I temat: Medskapa Landskapet. Landskap, Nr. 2, pp. 18-21.

Vogel, N. (2016) Pixla Piren. Krönika MOVIUM, Available at:, published online 28 juni 2016.

Vogel, N. (2016) Municipalities’ ambitions and practices: At risk of hypocritical sustainability transitions?, Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning, 18:3, 361-378, DOI: 10.1080/1523908X.2015.1099425

Vogel, N. (2015): Transition in the making: A critical dispute on urban transition processes toward sustainable mobility. Aalborg University, Aalborg. (Available at:

Vogel, N. (2014): Bæredygtig omstilling bliver grøn sminke. Teknik og Miljø - Stads og Havneingeniøren, 16. October 2014, pp. 24-25.

Valderrama Pineda, A.F. & Vogel, N. (2014): Transitioning to a Low Carbon Society? The Case of Personal Transportation and Urban Form in Copenhagen: 1947 to the Present. Transfers 4.2, 4–22.

Næss, P. & Vogel, N. (2012): Sustainable urban development and the multi-level transition perspective. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions 4, 36–50.

Press Clippings:

Cronwald, C. (2014): Grøn eller grådig? Weekendavisen, 1 sektion, week 22/ 2014, p. 1.

Holgersen, S. (2014): Det grønne blikfang. Grønt Miljø, 06/2014, p. 17.



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