How to live with ambiguous pasts in changing industrial landscapes

My research interests are centered on industrial and post-industrial landscapes and their transformation, comprising both cultural and "natural" environments, in physical and imaginary sense. Such landscapes challenge the way we understand ecology, aesthetics, memory and heritage, and trigger concerns about power relations. 

I hold a PhD in the History of Technology from KTH Royal Institute of Technology and am Associate Professor (Swedish “Docent”) in Human Geography from Stockholm University. Previously I have had positions at KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment), Stockholm University (Department of Human Geography) and Södertörn University (Centre for Baltic and East European Studies, CBEES, and the Institute of Contemporary History, SHI). Since 2019 I am Professor of Technology and Social Change at Linköping University.

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Current research projects

Atomic Heritage goes Critical: Waste, Community and Nuclear Imaginaries 

(2018-2020, Riksbankens Jubileumsfond)

The research team consists, apart from myself, of Tatiana Kasperski, Eglė Rindzevičiūtė, Florence Fröhlig and Andrei Stsiapanau and together we examine cultural and material remnants of nuclear power production in France, Russia, the UK and Sweden as a form of critical contemporary heritage.

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Nuclearwaters: Putting Water at the Centre of Nuclear Energy History

(2018-2022, ERC)

The research team consists of Per Högselius (PI), Kati Lindström, Roman Khandozhko, Alica Gutting, Siegfried Evens, Achim Klüppelberg and me. The project develops the argument that nuclear energy is in essence a hydraulic form of technology, which enables us to grasp a deeper historical logic behind nuclear accidents worldwide.

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Cold War Coasts: The Transnational Co-Production of Militarized Landscapes

(2019-2021, Formas)

The research team consists of Per Högselius (PI) and Kati Lindström and me. The project works with a genuinely transnational approach to scrutinize how coastal landscapes on opposite shores of the Baltic Sea have been – and continue to be – “co-produced”. We study how ideas about “the others’” military capacity and abilities have influenced military infrastructures and local livelihoods.

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Dounreay nuclear station is located directly on the dramatic shore of Scotland’s northern tip, where the North Sea meats the Atlantic Ocean and create some of the most dangerous water fairways in the world. The station was in operation between 1955 and 1994 and is now being decommissioned, including the iconic white sphere which is a landmark in the rural surroundings. The legacies of this nuclear establishment encompass a flourishing community life but also severe contamination problems. Photo: Anna Storm, 2019.

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Gradute and undergraduate teaching

I am course responsible for “Självständigt arbete i samhällsplanering” (Bachelor thesis in Urban and Regional Planning), code 709G17, and involved in other courses at Linköping University with individual lectures and seminars in first, second and third cycle.

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My doctoral thesis Hope and rust: Reinterpreting the industrial place in the late 20th century (2008) was awarded the ICOHTEC Publication Prize for Young Scholars in 2009, and my monograph Post-Industrial Landscape Scars (Palgrave Macmillan 2014) was shortlisted for the Turku Book Award 2015.

For a list of publications and other relevant experiences, see my CV on LinkedIn.

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I am supervisor for:

Emmeline Laszlo Ambjörnsson (main supervisor, since 2018, at Stockholm University)
Niklas Ingmarsson (since 2013, at Lund University)
Achim Klüppelberg (since 2018, at KTH)
Siegfried Evens (since 2018, at KTH)
Alicia Gutting (since 2018, at KTH)
Karin Edberg (2011–2018, PhD 2018, at Södertörn University)

…and mentor for:

Andrei Stsiapanau (2020, at KTH)
Kasia Keely (2016, at Södertörn University)
Natasha Webster (2015–2016, at Stockholm University)

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