Discipliner vid IBF

Ämnesmässigt har IBF en tyngdpunkt i  kulturgeografi, nationalekonomi, sociologi och statsvetenskap, men vi har också forskare inom ekonomisk historia, etnologi, kulturantropologi och psykologi.


The social and urban geography group at the Institute for Housing and Urban Research conducts research on migration, residential segregation, ethnic relations, urban development, regional and urban housing policy and planning. Our research contributes theoretically and empirically to several important fields of urban studies. Some issues in focus in our studies are the issues of neighbourhood effects, housing and social mix policies, area-based urban development policies, selective migration in relation to segregation, vacancy chains, the role of public housing, and housing discrimination.  Our research has had its main emphasis on developments in Sweden, but comparative European research is of growing importance.

Group members have strong interests in theoretical and methodological development within social and urban geography. We possess an internationally unique database: GEOSWEDEN.  This database now contains yearly (longitudinal) geocoded data on all residents in Sweden 1990-2008, including demographic and socioeconomic characteristics with precise coordinates and neighbourhood area codes for homes and workplaces. This enables us to conduct dynamic analyses of neighbourhood change, migration, commuting etc.

Although several of our projects use quantitative data many research questions need survey- and interview based type of information. Hence, the use of GEOSWEDEN is often combined with more intensive, case study research designs.

I gruppen ingår följande forskare/doktorander:

Roger Andersson, professor
Irene Molina, professor
Brett Christophers, forskarassistent
Zara Bergsten, forskare
Lina Hedman, forskare
Emma Holmqvist, forskare
Kenny Jansson, forskare
Jon Loit, doktorand
Ann Rodenstedt, doktorand


Broadly defined, the economists at IBF conduct research within the areas of real estate, housing and urban economics. Specific questions that they study within real estate and housing economics are related to, e.g., rental and property market dynamics, property valuation, assessment, taxation and investment performance, residential rent control, willingness-to-pay for non-marketed amenities (hedonic price estimations), effects of the Swedish housing allowance system on crowded housing, and effects of housing policies on household formation and young people's housing career. Within urban economics, examples of research topics studied are tipping points and the dynamics of segregation, the effects of ethnic heterogeneity on natives' preferences for redistribution and on the growth of anti-immigrant parties, the wage gap between immigrants and natives, and the Importance of politicians’ characteristics for political decision-making. The economic research at IBF is mainly empirical in character, predominantly based on modern microeconometric methods applied on very rich, micro-level, register data. The economists at IBF have very good connections to other economic research environments, e.g. the Department of Economics at Uppsala University, the Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation in Uppsala and the School of Architecture and the Built Environment at KTH. They also collaborate with researchers in other disciplines, e.g. with political scientist at the Department of Government at Uppsala University and at SIPA at Columbia University and with sociologists at the Linnaeus University.

I gruppen ingår följande forskare/doktorander:

Matz Dahlberg, professor
Mats Wilhelmsson, professor
Rune Wigren, professor emeritus
Bo Söderberg, universitetslektor (tjänstledig 2013-05-01-2014-04-30)
Cecilia Enström Öst, forskarassistent
Michihito Ando, doktorand
Ina Blind, doktorand 
Tove Eliassondoktorand


Sociological research at the institute is engaged in a number of different topics. There is a strong research tradition, in urban sustainability, ecological modernization and the politics of place and space. In the latter area, a recent collaborative project including sociologists and a political scientist is providing novel insights into urban governance and the remaking of public space. Younger scholars and PhD students in sociology are doing research about housing and new family forms in distinction to the conventional nuclear family, urban nature and the role of animals in urban settings, and migration, travel and the organizational management of mobility. However diverse this research agenda may seem to be, a number of common themes run through much of the research, particularly questions of class and gender but also of age and ethnicity.

I gruppen ingår följande forskare:

Mats Franzén, professor
Eva Sandstedt, professor
Jim Kemeny, professor emeritus
Tora Holmberg, forskarassistent
Per Gustafson, forskare
Helen Ekstam, doktorand
Evin Ismail, doktorand
Lennart Räterlinck, doktorand

Statsvetenskap/Political science

The political science group at the Institute for Housing and Urban Research conducts research on housing policy, welfare state politics, urban politics and several other topics. Our research has its main emphasis on politics and policies in Sweden, with strong comparative elements. Several different theoretical perspectives are exploited and we use various both qualitative and quantitative methods in our research.

Members of the group:

Bo Bengtsson, Senior Professor
Kristina Boréus, Professor
Nils Hertting, Docent, Associate Professor
Kristoffer Jutvik, Ph.D. candidate
Jonas Larsson Taghizadeh, Ph.D. candidate
Anders Lindbom, Professor
Hanne Martinek, Ph.D. candidate
Gunnar Myrberg, Docent, Assistant Professor
Johanna Nilsson, Ph.D. candidate
Evert Vedung, Emeritus Professor

Political scientists collaborating with the group in the IBF research programme Dilemmas of Diversity

Per Adman, Docent, Department of Government, Uppsala University
Karin Borevi, Docent, School of Social Sciences, Södertörn University
Per Strömblad, Docent, Department of Political Science, Linnæus University
Kåre Vernby, Docent, Department of Political Science, Stockholm University

Current research fields and projects:

  • Case study methodology and generalization
  • (Differences in) Local integration policies in a Swedish context
  • Ethnic organization and political integration
  • Housing policy and politics in Sweden and the Nordic countries
  • Housing policy, interest organizations and corporatism
  • Implementation in public policy and public administration
  • Inequalities and discrimination in working life
  • Local strategies for the reception and housing of refugees in the Nordic countries
  • Methods for text/discourse analysis
  • Participatory governance and representative democracy
  • Path dependence in welfare and housing policy
  • Policy instruments, their implementation, and evaluation
  • Political impact of protests and lobbying on local public policy
  • Political implications of evaluation
  • Public space and urban governance
  • Right-wing populism and ideology in Austria, Denmark and Sweden
  • The normative logic of housing policy
  • Waves of evaluation across the Atlantic world
  • Welfare state retrenchment and urban protests

Some of the IBF seminars might be of particular interest for political scientists and are advertised as Urban politics research seminars.

Ekonomisk historia

Göran Rydén
Hedvig Widmalm


Terry Hartig