The Institute for Housing Research is a multi-disciplinary research department established in 1994 under the Faculty of Social Sciences at Uppsala University. Research at the Institute covers a wide variety of issues concerning housing and the built environment.
The number of exployees is about 40; professors, researchers, doctoral candidates and administrative staff. Most of the posts are in the disciplines of geography, economics, political science and sociology and in these subjects there are professorships. Other areas are anthropology, economic history and psychology.
Cold summer weather have an influence on restoration och birht weight in Sweden
Terry Hartig, IBF, together with Ralph Catalano, University of California, Berkeley, has written the article "Cold summer weather, constrained restoration, and very low birth weight in Sweden" in Health & Place. The authors consider the possibility that, at higher latitudes, relatively cold summer weather can lead to adverse birth outcomes by denying pregnant women sufficient relief from chronic stress. The researchers tested the hypothesis that in Sweden, the odds of very low birth weight vary inversely with mean monthly temperature for the summer months. Data were obtained from the Swedish Medical Birth Registry between 1973 and 2010. The authors found that male infants born in a June or August with colder than expected temperatures had higher log odds of a very low weight birth. Unpleasant weather may figure in stress-related outcomes not only as a stressor, but also as a constraint on restoration.
Political trust among immigrants
Per Strömblad, IBF and Linnaues University, Växjö and Per Adman, Department of Government at Uppsala University, have written the report Political Trust as Modest Expectations. Exploring Immigrants' Falling Confidence in Swedish Political Institutions. Recent studies report comparatively high levels of political trust among immigrants in Western Europe and particularly among those who have migrated from highly corrupt countries without without democratic institutions. However, these high trust levels tend to decrease with length of residence in Sweden. One of the reasons is that with increasing experience of how these institutions actually work, immigrants tend to become more critical and therefore less politically trusting. The authors have used the Swedish Citizen Survey 2003 to analyse the political trust among immigrnts.
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Control and Commitment in Travel Management
In an increasingly mobile society, where travel is often in integral part of everyday life, the control and regulation of travel becomes an important issue. A recent article by Per Gustafson, IBF, in Research in Transportation Business and Management, examines one type of travel regulation – the practice of corporate travel management. More specifically, the article demonstrates how and why corporate travel managers combine control- and commitment-oriented strategies in their attempts to manage business travel in their organizations.
Sweden in the Eighteenth Century Cosmopolitan World
The traditional narrative of Sweden in the eighteenth century is of a country in a standstill, as well as in the periphery of the rapid and extensive changes that took place elsewhere. If Sweden saw changes it was only as a passive receiver of developments in other places. The main argument in the book Sweden in the Eighteenth-Century World: Provincial Cosmopolitans is that this was not the case, and that Sweden was an active participant in the process of globalization during the century; ships with iron left Stockholm and Göteborg and returned with exotic goods and more mundane commodities. At the same time Swedes travelled much more than before, spreading and receiving new ideas and cultural practices with them. Sweden also became a colonial power and a country with slaves. This edited volume is a collaboration of scholars from a range of disciplinary backgrounds, and together they present a more nuanced and elaborated picture of Sweden, inserted in a global and cosmopolitan eighteenth-century world.
The editor of the book, Göran Rydén, is working at IBF. He has also written three of the chapters in the book, the introduction, "Provincial Cosmopolitanism: An Introduction", the conclusion, "Sveaborg and the End of the Swedish Cosmopolitan Eighteenth Century: An Epilogue" (together with Holger Weiss from Åbo Akademi) and "Eskilstuna Fristad: The Beginnings of an Urban Experiment".