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Doctoral studies in Human Geography

Research education subject information


Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences

Study plan

Subject representative

Human geography is the study of people and societies in their spatial and geographical context, i.e. how people and societies use, produce, and are shaped by the conditions that exist in different places and in different parts of the world. Geographical differentiation, patterns of location and spatial relationships are central areas of study, as well as the interaction between humans and the physical and built environment.
Human geography at Örebro University offers a creative research environment that combines geographical research with collaboration in multidisciplinary research environments. Human geography in Örebro is part of the Center for Urban and Regional Studies (CURES) at Örebro University, and is included in the national program for postgraduate courses in human geography.
Research at Örebro University revolves around the theme of urban and regional development, labor market dynamics, social change in cities, urban planning, and environmental and climate issues. Research interests include issues in the field of economic geography (industrial location, labour mobility and restructuring in local labour markets), social geography (processes of residential segregation, segregation in the Swedish school system, and the concept of social sustainability), population geography (counter-urbanization, life-style migration, population development in tourism dominated rural areas) and sustainable urban planning (local climate change policy, everyday life).

Student handbook for doctoral studies in human geography at Örebro University