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Dick Magnusson

Senior Associate Professor, Head of Division

My research lies within several adjacent fields, such as energy systems, infrastructure studies and urban and regional planning, from an interdisciplinary perspective with focus on sustainability. 

Interdisciplinary energy research

My main interests concerns transitions of energy systems and the effect that infrastructure have on this development. Several factors limits the development paths and through inter-disciplinary research we can make them visible.

In the present research, focus is on grassroots movements for small-scale energy production. These are often run as energy cooperatives and in the project these initiatives are mapped in order to understand development, networks, activities and mobilization. The project runs form 2015-2018 and is a cooperation between Linköping University, Aalborg University in Denmark and Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands, financed by JPI Climate.

In my second project, focus in on smart grids, where pilot projects in Europe are mapped and analyzed in order to understand possibilities for replication and up-scaling of these project. The project runs from 2016 to 2019 and is financed by the Swedish Energy Agency via Era-NET Smart Grids Plus.

The dissertation focused on the development of the district heating systems in the Stockholm region, through analyzing the historical development and how regional cooperation was created, despite major differences between the municipalities and energy companies, and how the liberalization of the electricity market affected the district heating cooperation.

In my post doc I took part in various studies, focusing on experiences from living in eco-villages, citizen attitudes towards dredging the bay of Valdemarsviken and the social dimension of sustainability in urban district development.


I teach in several different fields, such as urban and regional planning, geography, GIS, national environmental management, history of technology and large technical systems. 



Ida Grundel, Dick Magnusson (2023) Planning to grow, planning to rock on - infrastructure management and development in shrinking municipalities European Planning Studies, Vol. 31, p. 1184-1202 Continue to DOI
Dick Magnusson, Johanna Grönvall, Matilda Nyström (2023) Miljö- och energikrav i markanvisningar - en studie av kommunala strategier och planprocesser
Dick Magnusson, Ida Grundel (2023) Large technical systems in shrinking municipalities - Exploring system reconfiguration of district heating in Sweden Energy Research & Social Science, Vol. 97, Article 102963 Continue to DOI
Dick Magnusson, Ida Grundel (2023) Gammalt möter nytt - infrasystem i krympande kommuner bland förändrade logiker och nya utmaningar Hållbar samhällsplanering för landsbygden: om service, infrastruktur och välfärd för goda livsvillkor, p. 131-148
Mosen Farhangi, Harald Rohracher, Dick Magnusson, Kristina Trygg, Karin Skill (2023) Planning Education and Transformative Capacity for Climate-Neutral Cities Journal of planning education and research Continue to DOI

Research projects

Finished projects