Dalia Mukhtar-Landgren

Dalia Mukhtar-Landgren

Senior lecturer, Docent

Personal profile


Main research areas

  • Planning and urban development
  • Critical innovation studies and epistemic justice
  • Organising in projects, pilots, experiments and test beds in the public sector 

Ongoing research

My research broadly concerns the planning, organizing and governing of progress. I have studied notions of progress more conceptually - but I also analyse current processes of local development planning in the Nordics. Focus during recent years has been on local government and new forms of temporary organizations in the public sector including projects, experiments and pilots. Empirically, I've worked on developments in so called "smart mobility", as well as innovations in social services.

My latest articles are in the field of critical innovation studies. They focus on how actors work to launch and implement innovations in municipalities and processes of "productive resistance" and adaptation in these ventures. In addition, I work on consequences for different groups and tensions between innovation and public values.

In 2025, I will start two new research projects dealing with responsibility in innovation processes in urban/regional development. One is related to risk in testbed planning, and the other is about socio-ecological resilience and epistemic justice in intermodal travel.

I am also a board member of KEFU (Council for Municipal Economic Research and Education) and Urban Arena. I am also an affiliated researcher at K2 (National Centre for Public Transport), and member of CIRCLE where I am one of the coordinators of the theme Innovation in the public sector. Finally, I am a member of the pufendorf theme Sound of Democracy and of a thematic group for Existential Sustainability!


I have taught at all levels of courses on Swedish politics and administration, normative theory and critical theory in a broad sense.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

UKÄ subject classification

  • Political Science


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