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Ida Andersson

Title: Senior Lecturer School/office: School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences


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Ida Andersson
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About Ida Andersson

Ida has a PhD in Geography with emphasis on Human geography from the Department of Human Geography at Stockholm University (2015). In her research she is focusing on economic and urban geography. She is currently working on research on policy development, the green economy and regional development. Her research is mainly focused on Sweden with a Nordic and European (EU) outlook.

Since July 2018 Ida is appointed Senior lecturer in Human Geography at the School for Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (HumUS) at Örebro University.


Current research

During 2020, Ida is the PI in a project called "Public transport for transformation? Planning sustainable transports systems through regional collaboration"  financed by Formas. The project is carried out together with Professor Brita Hermelin from Linköping University and focuses on the transformation of public transport in Sweden since 2012, when 21 regional transport authorities took over responsibility for public transport. The project places emphasis on collaboration, knowledge exchange and the urban-rural relationships related to public transport. 

During 2016-2019 Ida was working in a project called "Sustainable housing 2.0? The role of policy networks and eco innovations in the wood based housing sector in Sweden" funded by Jan Wallander and Tom Hedelius foundation at Handelsbanken. This project aimed to investigate how policy networks and eco innovations have impacted sustainable housing policies and the development of the wood based housing sector. In this project, theory on innovation and green economy were brought into dialogue with literature on urban policy mobilities in order to research and understand the interactive processes between policy networks and eco innovation, and how these in turn have affected sustainable housing policies. Ida's approach to this research topic had a particular emphasis on the corporate sphere (the wood working industry) and the policy-making sphere on variousgeographical scales (national, regional, local). The project mainly covered a Swedish perspective, with some outlooks towards European housing policies in relation to sustainable urban development.

Ida is a member of the "Green Economices Network" gathering reserachers in Sweden, Norway, Finland, UK, Germany and Luxemburg. She collaborates regularly with different researchers in the network regarding publications, project and various research activities. On example is the workshop "The green economy and regional development"  that took place in in Örebro in November 2019.  

Together with Dr. Rhiannon Pugh (Lunds University) och Dr. Taylor Brygdes (Stockholm UniversitY) Ida manages "The Gender and Regional Studies network" with support from the Regional Studies Association (2019-2022). The aim of the network is to gather female scholars working in economic geography in matters relating to research, career development and networking. 

Ida involved in project titled "Policy tourism, conferencing and the staging of the European Week of Regions and Cities" together with Dr. Ian Cook (Northumbria University, UK).

In 2018 Ida was the editor for the annual edition of the Ymer book series by SSAG, titled "Globala flöden och lokala praktiker - policymobilitet i tid och rum" (in English: Global flows and local practices - policymobilities in time and space), gathering 15 authors from around Scandinavia and the UK. The book was launched April 24th 2018 and is available as an e-book with open access.



Ida has experience from teaching on undergraduate, advanced and PhD level in both Swedish and English. She is currently head teacher and course organizer in the following modules:

Introduction to Human Geography (7,5 credits)

Economic Geography I (7,5 credits)

Independent Project in Human Geography (B-uppsats) (7,5 credits)

Ida also teach in other modules on issues related to economic geography, green cities, planning and research methods, including supervision on both bachelor and masters level. Ida participates on a regular basis in the teacher's exachange through the Erasmus program where she have taught Economic Geography at the University of Bergen in Norway. 


Ida's background

Ida originates from Skellefteå, Västerbotten and in May 2015 she finished her PhD project titled "Geographies of place branding: Researching through small and medium sized cities" at the Department of Human Geography at Stockholm University. More on this project can be found here. See Ida talk about this research here (in Swedish).

Ida has a masters degree in Urban Studies and a bachelors degree in Human Geography from Uppsala University and before she started at the PhD program Stockholm University she was working in the financial sector in Stockholm as a project manager and product specialist. Ida also held the position av Chief Operating Officer at Stockholm University Student Union between 2015-2016. Ida is a competitive rower and have won the World Masters Rowing Championship and the Swedish Championship. Ida competes for Hammarby If Roddförening in Stockholm.


Articles in journals |  Chapters in books |  Collections (editor) |  Doctoral theses, comprehensive summaries |  Manuscripts |  Reports | 

Articles in journals

Andersson, I. (2014). Beyond “Guggenheiming”: From flagship buildings to flagship space in Sweden. Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift, 68 (4), 228-237.
Stålnacke, F. & Andersson, I. (2014). Interna eller externa målgrupper? En studie om platsmarknadsföring i Göteborg och Stockholm. Geografiska Notiser, 72 (1), 7-18.
Andersson, I. & Niedomysl, T. (2010). Clamour for Glamour: City competition for hosting the Swedish tryouts to the Eurovision Song Contest. Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie, 101 (2), 111-125.

Chapters in books

Andersson, I. (2020). Building the green city from wood?: Policies, practices, and institutional capabilities in Sweden. In: Minna Chudoba; Ari Hynynen; Magnus Rönn; Anne Elisabeth Toft, Built Environment and Architecture as a Resource (pp. 55-80). . Nordic Academic Press of Architectural Research.
Barquet, K. & Andersson, I. (2020). Peace Parks: Nation Branding and Soft Power in Costa Rica. In: Fletcher, Robert; Dowd-Uribe, Brian and Aistara Guntra, The Ecolaboratory: Environmental Governance and Economic Development in Costa Rica. . University of Arizona Press.
Andersson, I. & Borén, T. (2019). Kommunala strategier för strategisk planering. In: Forsberg, Gunnel, Samhällsplaneringens teori och praktik (pp. 127-135). Stockholm: Liber.
Andersson, I. & Hermelin, B. (2019). Om regional samverkan för hållbara persontransporter. In: Josefina Syssner, Ett nytt kontrakt för samhällsbyggandet (pp. 157-180). Boxholm: Linnefors förlag.
Andersson, I. (2018). Globala flöden och lokala praktiker: En introduktion. In: Ida Andersson, Globala flöden och lokala praktiker: policymobilitet i tid och rum (pp. 7-24). Stockholm: Svenska sällskapet för antropologi och geografi.
Cook, I. R. & Andersson, I. (2018). Tour guides and the hosting of policy tourism: Show and tell in Vällingby and Växjö. In: Ida Andersson, Globala flöden och lokala praktiker: policymobilitet i tid och rum (pp. 111-131). Stockholm: Svenska sällskapet för antropologi och geografi.
Andersson, I. (2012). Hotels as flagship buildings: Emerging economies in small towns. In: Lukas Smas, Hotel spaces: urban and economic geographical perspectives on hotels and hotel developments. Stockholm: Kulturgeografiska institutionen, Stockholms universitet.
Andersson, I. & Hermelin, B. (2012). Hur hållbar utveckling blev en fråga om hållbara städer, nätverksplanering och hållbar tillväxt. In: Lennart Tonell, Hållbar utveckling: samhällsplanering, lokala villkor och globala beroenden (pp. 79-96). Stockholm: Svenska sällskapet för antropologi och geografi.

Collections (editor)

Andersson, I. (ed.) (2018). Globala flöden och lokala praktiker: policymobilitet i tid och rum. Stockholm: Svenska sällskapet för antropologi och geografi (Ymer 138).

Doctoral theses, comprehensive summaries

Andersson, I. (2015). Geographies of Place Branding: Researching through small and medium sized cities. (Doctoral dissertation). (Comprehensive summary) Stockholm: Department of Human Geography, Stockholm University.



Andersson, I. & Hermelin, B. (2021). Snart 10 år med regionala kollektivtrafikmyndigheter: En rapport om kommunala perspektiv på planering av regional kollektivtrafik. Linköping: Linköping University (CKS Arbetsnotat ).