Research on ageing

I am an Associate Professor in Human Geography interested in the housing and residential mobility of older people in different geographical contexts, and in the responsibility of the welfare state to ensure good housing conditions to its population. My research is about where and how older people live, what type of housing they choose and why. In addition I do research on ageing in rural areas and small municipalities.

I have my background in social and economic geography. My research is about the housing and residential mobility of older people in different geographical contexts. I conduct research on housing careers and housing choice during the life course in relation to changes in the housing market and the development and amendment of the welfare state. I am interested in individual housing preferences, housing options, restrictions and change of values over time. As well as investigating moves between dwellings and housing areas I follow individual housing careers across the life course and how this relates to different stages in the life cycle. The actual dwelling and the housing area and how these are perceived become central.

Additionally I have a research interest in ageing in rural areas and small municipalities. In these areas demography is changing, the proportion of older people increases as the population in general decreases. Issues on ageing in such a geographical context and the particular challenges for these municipalities in caring for an ageing population are in focus in this research. 

I have been at the division since 2006, initially as a research associate and then as a senior lecturer. I became an Associate Professor in Human Geography in 2016. I teach at the program in social and cultural analysis and am the supervisor of PhD students in Ageing and Later Life. 

Research
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Research projects, recent and on-going

  • Caring for the oldest in rural areas. Municipal and civil-society networks in semi-rural areas – a research project financed by the Centre for Municipality Studies, Linköping University.
  • Older People in the Swedish Housing Market. Housing Preferences, Choices and Mobility Patterns – a research project financed by the Swedish Research Council had two main aims - to investigate the actual residential mobility patterns of older people and their housing preferences and choices.
  • Mobility patterns of older people – motives, possibilities and restrictions – a research project financed by the Swedish Institute of Assistive Technology.
  • Changing life and housing patterns among older people – a research project financed by the Centre for Municipality Studies, Linköping University.
  • The City and Older People’s Housing, financed by Hyresbostäder AB in Norrköping.  The housing market, housing preferences and housing choices were investigated in different studies. The project focused on older people in rented housing.
    Assignments
  • Director of PhD studies in the Dept for Social and Welfare Studies responsible for its doctoral students from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences
  • Joint coordinator of the working group on Housing and living conditions of ageing populations in the European Network for Housing Research (ENHR)
  • Joint coordinator of the Nordic Network for research on older people’s housing

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