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 Ström, P.  (2023) Services and Environment (Greening). In: Gallouj, F. et al.  (Eds.) Elgar encyclopedia of services.


  • 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