Our researchers

IBF:s main disciplines are Economics, Geography, Sociology and Political Science, but we also have researchers in the fields of Economic History, Anthropology and Psychology.

The researchers at IBF allocate 20 per cent of their working hours for teaching and supervision at their home department. The remaining 80 per cent is dedicated to research at the institute.

IBF continuously has a basic staffing of eight PhD students (two in each of the four main disciplines at the institute), and usually a further number of PhD students funded through external research grants. All PhD students are employed at IBF, but are enrolled as postgraduate students at the home departments.

Political Science

The scholars of the IBF research group in Political Science focus, among other topics, on housing and urban politics in Sweden, also in comparison with other countries. They carry out research on the Swedish welfare system, the politics on integrating immigrants into Swedish municipalities, so called citizen dialogues, discrimination at work, local strategies for granting housing to refugees in the Nordic countries, urban protests, right-wing populism, and a numerous other topics. The research is carried out from several theoretical perspectives and qualitative as well as quantitative methods are used.

Members of the research group:
Kristina Boréus, Professor
Anders Lindbom, Professor
Bo Bengtsson, Senior Professor
Evert Vedung, Professor Emeritus
Nils Hertting, Associate Professor, Senior Lecturer
Simon Birnabaum, Assistant Professor
Kristoffer Jutvik, Doctoral Student
Johanna Nilsson, Doctoral Student


The social and urban geography group at IBF conducts research on migration, neighbourhood dynamics, demographic, socioeconomic and ethnic residential segregation, urban development, gender issues, regional and urban housing policy and planning. Our research contributes theoretically and empirically to several important fields of urban studies, and although research is often linked to European comparative efforts it tends to have the empirical focus on metropolitan areas and larger cities in Sweden. Recently, publications include studies on socioeconomic and ethnic segregation, neighbourhood effects, housing and social mix policy, housing renovation and displacement, space and feminism, the Swedish Million Program, large housing estates, and refugee placement policy. Several of our projects use register-based individual, longitudinal data (see the Geosweden database) enabling us to focus on structural change and population dynamics related to the Swedish housing market. Other projects combine quantitative and qualitative research, and yet others are more clearly rooted in a qualitative research tradition.

Members of the research group:
Roger Andersson, Professor
Irene Molina, Professor
Lina Hedman, Assistant Professor
Zara Bergsten, Researcher
Ståle Holgersen, Researcher
Emma Holmqvist, Researcher
Sara Westin, Researcher
Karin Backvall, Doctoral Student
Kati Kadarik, Doctoral Student
Alexander Kalyukin, Doctoral Student


The economists at IBF focus their research on the areas of real estate, housing and urban economics. Specific questions that they study are patterns of migration and mobility, neighbourhood effects and segregation. The economic research at IBF is mainly empirical in character, predominantly based on modern micro econometric methods applied on very rich, micro-level, register data.

Members of the research group:
Matz Dahlberg, Professor
Rune Wigren, Professor Emeritus
Che-Yuan Liang, Senior Lecturer
Torsten Santavirta, Assistant Professor
Michihito Ando, Researcher
Ina Blind, Researcher
Cecilia Enström Öst, Researcher
Mattias Öhman, Researcher
Henrik Andersson, Doctoral Student
Fredrik Hansson, Doctoral Student


The sociological research agenda at the Institute consists of topics such as: social structures (class, gender, ethnicity, and age, mainly) in relation to housing, urban dynamics and welfare policies and practices; social movements and urban activism; urban policies and planning; social needs and demands for housing; socio-spatial and educational segregation; migration; gentrification; the social use of public spaces; and labour markets.

Members of the research group:
Miguel A. Martínez, Professor
Mats Franzén, Professor Emeritus
Jim Kemeny, Professor Emeritus
Eva Sandstedt, Professor Emerita
Susanne Urban, Senior Lecturer
Dominika Polanska, Assistant Professor
Stina Fernqvist, Researcher
Per Gustafson, Researcher
Anders Trumberg, Researcher
Özge Altin, Doctoral Student
Christoffer Berg, Doctoral Student
Evin Ismail, Doctoral Student
Lennart Räterlinck, Doctoral Student

Economic History

The research within Economic History at IBF focuses on the creation of modern society, in Sweden, and on a global scale. Aspects of industrialisation, technological change, and work are in focus as well as questions about the enlightenment and urbanisation. A central feature in all this is the question of a Swedish Enlightenment existed or not. A central theme in many of these studies is the Swedish and European iron industry, with a gradual opening towards a wider perspective in recent years. Research is also directed to ideas about economic development, focusing on concepts like cameralism and ’householdning’.

Members of the research group:
Göran Rydén, Professor
Sven Olofsson, Researcher


What is the impact of housing and the urban environment and our living situation on health, well-being and performance? At IBF, environmental psychologist Terry Hartig conducts research concerning restorative environments - those places in which we can recover relatively quickly and completely from ordinary psychological wear-and-tear. The fundamental intent in all of these efforts is to develop the urban environment in order to promote health and well-being. In this work he collaborates with scholars from leading universities and research institutes throughout the world.

Terry Hartig, Professor