The Transition of Swedish Farming 1990-2040

Last changed: 30 March 2023

The time period investigated is a period when several major agricultural policies have transformed the conditions for Swedish farming; first, through deregulation in 1991, later through EU-accession in 1995, then as a result of a series of changes in the CAP as environmental policies as well as natural and cultural heritage targets have been implemented.

The project was funded by the Future Agriculture platform at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SLU.

In this project we researched the effects of agricultural reforms on farming in Uppsala county in central Sweden. One part was quantitative, where land use changed was tracked and mapped, led by Anders Wästfelt at the Division of Agrarian History, SLU.

Another part was qualitative, focusing on farmer’s attitudes towards societal pressures and their land use strategies since 1990, led by Camilla Eriksson at the Division of Rural Development.

Between October 2013 and March 2014 Mimmi Skarelius Lille worked with the project as a research assistant. 

The project resulted in a report (in Swedish) that can be downloaded here »


Project leader

Anders Wästfelt, Researcher, Division of Agrarian History, SLU, +4618671735

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Camilla Eriksson, Researcher (-2018), Division of Rural Development, SLU

Project time

August 2013-July 2015

External funding

Future Agriculture, SLU

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