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Kristina Trygg

Associate Professor, Docent

Dr. Kristina Trygg's research focus on sustainable development. It is about organisation and planning for a sustainable society. 

Urban and regional planning and development in society 

How can planning create a sustainable society? Urban and regional planning is one of the most powerful local instruments we have to shape urban and regional development, to create the sustainable cities of tomorrow. How this can be done is the driving force of my research and teaching.

Sustainable urban and regional planning is one of today's biggest challenges, especially in view of the urbanization that is taking place around the world. Many cities and regions face major challenges when it comes to infrastructure projects. We have the possibility to integrate sustainability (environmental, social and economic) into the planning processes of urban infrastructure projects. But it isn’t happening, yet. Most planning practices lack both the strategies and the instruments to assess, adapt to and shape the social and environmental consequences of ongoing, rapid, technological change. This is particularly true for the energy and transport sectors. We must facilitate sustainable and socially inclusive innovations in these sectors, paying close attention to their impacts both on land use and strategic planning. These are some of the issues central to my research.

I have several ongoing projects. My ongoing project "The role of spatial planning in promoting sustainable energy transition in the transport sector" studies how municipal and regional actors handle strategic transport planning. The project is conducted in collaboration with municipal and regional actors and aims to evaluate and develop instruments and strategies that enable planners to take a more active role in creating a sustainable energy transition in the transport and mobility sector. The project " Governance, planning and implementation of urban micromobility in Swedish municipalities: towards a transport-efficient society (SPIM)" studies the planning of micromobility solutions such as walking, (electric) bicycles and electric scooters. The proposed project asks what is required from urban planning to meet the future needs of urban micromobility planning. The aim is to design new approaches and strategies, through collaboration with urban planners in different municipalities, to steer the development of cities towards more energy efficient transport solutions. In the project "Planners as Agents for the transition towards sustainable cities (PLANTS), we study transformative planning and contribute and integrate new knowledge into urban and regional planning programs in Sweden. The project includes five programs at three universities in Sweden: Linköping University, Stockholm University and Blekinge Institute of Technology.



Karin Skill, Mosen Farhangi, Kristina Trygg (2023) Size matters: action space for sustainability transition among planners in Swedish municipalities Urban Research and Practice Continue to DOI
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


Ida Grundel, Dick Magnusson, Kristina Trygg (2022) Omställning av energisystem från ett kommunalt perspektiv: Planeringsutmaningar och strategier Kommunerna och hållbar utveckling: Demokrati, välfärd och lokal utveckling, p. 117-131
Kristina Trygg, Karin Skill (2022) Handbok för omställningskapacitet och agil strategisk planering
Kristina Trygg, Hilda Wenander (2022) Strategic spatial planning for sustainable development: Swedish planners' institutional capacity European Planning Studies, Vol. 30, p. 1985-2001 Continue to DOI



  • 2020
    Program director, Strategic Urban and Regional Planning, masterprogram, 120 credits
  • 2019
    Universitetslektor, Linköpings universitet
  • 2014
    Deputy Senior Lecturer, Linköpings University
  • 2014
    Doctors degree in Human Geography from Stockholm University. 
  • 2006
    Master degree (Magister) in Human Geography is from Stockholm University 
  • 2004
    Bachelor degree in Human Geography, tourism program from Linné University


  • Deputy Director in Transport - an area of excellence, Linköping University


  • 2022
    Docent in Human Geography, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Linköping University

Research projects

Finished research projects