Spatial planning--Landscape, Planning and Governance

Last changed: 10 September 2020

The interdisciplinary subject “spatial planning” goes beyond the profession of  architecture, and reaches beyond the traditional scope of spatial planning. Consequently, we refer to the group as Landscape, Planning and Governance (LPG).

The LPG group studies opportunities, obstacles and driving forces for transitions towards a more just and sustainable society. The interdisciplinary group includes 11 academics holding PhD degrees and 9 PhD students, indicating our strong focus on research. In addition, several scholars in the group have substantial experience of planning in practice. A close connection to practice is reflected in the groups research and teaching.

Much of our work is characterised by a landscape perspective, which facilitates studies of the complex interplay between land-use, law, ecology, everyday practices of the inhabitants, and planning processes. This includes studies of how spatial planning and governance is practiced, and its environmental consequences.

Studies of and for landscape planning is a key theme in our research. Specific themes in our research include landscape justice, environmental assessment, landscape analysis, planning for recreation and health, peri-urban studies, sustainable urbanization, and landscape and planning theory. The research is primarily funded by research agencies, and is conducted in collaboration with national and international peers but also in close collaboration with the society at large.

The LPG day, MKB dagen and other public events

The group organizes the LPG day once a year, with public lectures bringing together landscape – planning – governance.

The inaugural LPG day was given in 2018 with associate professor Nik Luka, McGill University Canada) as the key note speaker on the theme “Civic coproduction in urban design and landscape planning”.

In 2019 professor Alister Scott, Northumbria University (UK) and Melissa Murphy, Associate professor in urban and regional planning, NMBU (Norway) were invited key notes at the LPG day, on the theme “Planning beyond the urban norm”.

The LPG day in 2020 will be held on the 2nd of October on the theme “The future of Landscape Planning”. The seminar will be web based and open to the public. Please contact Mattias Qviström for more information.

We also plan to organize a one-day event in autumn 2020 in honour of our dear colleague Zeinab Tag-Eldeen who tragically passed away in April 2020. More information will appear on this web site during summer.

The conference ‘MKBdagen’ aims to provide a forum for practitioners and researchers on Environmental Assessment. MKBdagen has been organized by the Department since 1999 in collaboration with different partners, in recent years with the Environmental Protection Agency, the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management, the National Board of Housing, Building and Planning and, the Swedish Transport Administration. Please contact Mari Kågström for more information.

The LPG team