Team Nordic Shrinkage

The network Team Nordic Shrinkage was initiated in 2019 by five scholars from Sweden, Norway and Finland thanks to funding by the Swedish Government and their initiative "Uppdrag Landsbygd". Since then, the network has expanded and is now a point of contact for young and senior scholars who share an interest in transition, resilience, and adaptation in shrinking areas.

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’Nordic’ referred initially to the Nordic countries, but the network is happy to stretch that definition and look forward to meeting and to learn from colleagues from the Baltic states and other parts of northern Europe. 

The network produces a monthly newsletter and arrange webinars twice per semester. Please let us know if you want to volunteer and present a paper on any of these occasions! We would also like to welcome you to advertise upcoming courses, seminars, conferences, publications on the topic on our website. 

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The network is Josefina Syssner (Professor in Human Geography at Linköping university and the author of several books and papers on shrinkage) and Sara Löwgren, PhD student at Linköping University, researching rural areas.

Please, feel welcome to join in! 



European Rural Geographies Conference

Date: June 26-29 2023
Place: Groningen, the Netherlands
Call for sessions

Call for sessions that fit the conference theme of rural areas in transition. Proposals are due November 30th. More information is available here on the conference website. 

Documentation from the first Team Nordic Webinar

The first Team Nordic Webinar took place on November 29th on Zoom.  

Marlies Meijer, assistant professor in rural governance and planning at Wageningen University presented his research that includes community-led and informal planning, government-community relations, spatial planning and rural governance. The presentation “Approaching shrinkage – alternative futures for challenged ruralities?”, was followed by a discussion with Albin Algotsson, Linköping University, main discussant.

Read Maries Meijers presentation "Alternative futures for challenged rurality's" here.