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Jesper Larsson

Published: 15 July 2016
Jesper Larsson
Jesper Larsson is a Research fellow at the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities and Associate Senior Lecturer in Agrarian history. He is Affiliated Faculty to The Ostrom Workshop at Indiana University, Bloomington.

Presentation

Jesper’s research is focused on governance of common-pool resources and collective action during early modern period (16th century to 19th century). Specifically, Jesper conducts research in animal husbandry, especially transhumance systems and the evolution of agriculture systems.

Research

Jesper is a Research Fellow at the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities and employed at The Department of Urban and Rural Development, SLU. His new project, Self-Governing and Globalization addresses landscape use and settlement development in Northern Scandinavia during the seventeenth century. The staring point is the leap in the use of common-pool resources and collective action that appeared during the seventeenth century in Northern Scandinavia; large scale reindeer pastoral-nomadism, large scale tar distillation, a sharp increase in firewood and charcoal production, and the development of a new agricultural system based on a transhumance system. Important questions for a better understanding of landscape use and settlement development are; how institutions changed; what type of organizations users developed; implications for property rights; labor division; relations between users and the state; and changes’ in agriculture practice and reindeer breeding.

Background

Member of Nordiska museets research school 2002-2009.

Ph.D. Agrarian History, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, October 2009.

Postdoctoral fellowship at The Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA, October 2010 – October 2012.

Assistant Professor in Agrarian History at Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), fall 2012 to June 30, 2015

Docent (Associate Professor) in Agrarian History, April 2017

Selected publications

Books

Panjek, Aleksander, Jesper Larsson and Luca Mocarelli, eds. 2017. Integrated Peasant Economy in a Comparative Perspective: Alps, Scandinavia and Beyond, University of Primorska Press, pp. 446.

Larsson, Jesper 2009, Fäbodväsendet 1550 - 1920. Ett centralt element i Nordsveriges jordbrukssystem, Acta Universitatis agriculturae Sueciae 2009:51, Uppsala/Östersund, (English summary: Summer Farms in Sweden 1550 to 1920. An important Element in North Swedens’s Agriculural System), pp. 432. Dissertation.

Articles

Larsson, Jesper, 2017, The Importance of Commons in an Integrated Peasant Economy in Early Modern Northern Scandinavia. In Panjek, Aleksander, Jesper Larsson and Luca Mocarelli, eds. 2017. Integrated Peasant Economy in a Comparative Perspective: Alps, Scandinavia and Beyond, University of Primorska Press, pp. 117–136.

Larsson, Jesper, 2016. Conflict-resolution mechanisms maintaining an agricultural system. Early modern local courts as an arena for solving collective-action problems within Scandinavian Civil Law, International Journal of the Commons 10(2):1100-1118.

Larsson, Jesper, 2016, Crises, commons and collective action: The changing use of woodlands and mountains in seventeenth-century upland Scandinavia, Rural History Yearbook 12 (2015):205-215 .

Larsson, Jesper, 2014, Labor division in an upland economy: workforce in a seventeenth-century transhumance system, The History of the Family 19(3):393-410.

Larsson, Jesper, 2014, Boundaries and Property Rights: The Transformation of a Common-Pool ResourceThe Agricultural History Review, 62(1):20-40.

Blomkvist, Pär and Jesper Larsson, 2013, An analytical framework for common-pool resource–large technical system (CPR-LTS) constellationsInternational Journal of the Commons 7(1):113-139.

Larsson, Jesper, 2012, The Expansion and Decline of a Transhumance System in Sweden, 1550-1920, Historia Agraria 56:11-39.

Larsson, Jesper, 2011, “The transformation of the summer farm: from backbone of North Swedish animal husbandry to experience tourism and branded products” In: H. Antonsson & U Jansson (Eds) Agriculture and forestry in Sweden since 1900 – geographical and historical studies, SOLMED 54, pp. 233-250. Stockholm, The Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry.

Miscellaneous

Larsson, Jesper, 2016, History, Students, and Education, a survey about students’ perspectives on history education at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and implications for future teaching. Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet, Agrarhistoria 4, Uppsala, pp. 83.

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Contact
Associate Senior Lecturer at the Department or Urban and Rural Development; Department of Urban and Rural Development, Agrarian and Rural history
Telephone: 018-671853
Postal address:
Agrarhistoriska avdelningen, Box 7013
75007 UPPSALA
Visiting address: Johan Brauners väg 3, Uppsala