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Brita Hermelin


My research background is Human Geography. My research explores governance for regional development and for transformation towards sustainability.


My research on formations and changes in regional governance explores the following themes:

• Local strategic interventions for economic development
• Governance and partnerships for vocational education and training
• Multi-level governance for public transport
• Social innovations for development through local communities
• Local interventions to implement sustainable development goals (SDGs) and Agenda 2030


Published work in English since 2017




  • Hermelin, B. and Persson, B. (accepted, 2022) Local development policy in a societal crisis – municipal-industry dialogues in Sweden during Covid-19Territory, Politics, Governance Doi: 10.1080/21622671.2022.2133008
  • Hermelin, B. and Henriksson, M. (2022) Transport and Mobility. Planning for Sustainable DevelopmentPlanning Practice & Research, 37:5, 527-531.



  • Persson, B., Hermelin, B. (2020) Decentralised cooperation between industries and local governments in a statist skill-formation system: an analysis of industrial schools in Sweden. Journal of Vocational Education & Training, DOI: 10.1080/13636820.2020.1829007
  • Hermelin, B., Jonsson, R. (2020) Governance of Waterfront regeneration projects: Experiences from two second-tier cities in Sweden. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, DOI:10.1111/1468-2427.12966


  • Gustafsson, S., Hermelin, B. & Smas, L. (2019) Integrating environmental sustainability into strategic spatial planning: the importance of management, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 62:8, 1321-1338.

  • Hermelin, B. (2019, in print) Knowledge Economy. In: Kobayashi, A. (ed.) International Encyclopedia of Human Geography. Elsevier
  • Magnusson, D. & Hermelin, B. (2019): ICT development from the perspective of connectivity and inclusion – the operation of a local digital agenda in Sweden, Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift - Norwegian Journal of Geography, DOI: 10.1080/00291951.2019.1596153



Assignments and networks

Academic awards

  • PhD in Human Geography at the Department of Social and Economic Geography, Uppsala University, 1997.
  • Associated Professor in Geography, at the Department of Human Geography, Stockholm University, 2004.
  • Professor in Geography  at the Department of Human Geography, Stockholm University, 2011. 
  • Professor in Human Geography, Centre for Municipality Studies, 2012.

Research networks and associations

• Member of The green economies network.

• Member of Regional Studies Association.


My research centre