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I am a Professor of Architectural Theory at the Department of Architecture and Built Environment, Lund University, Sweden, since 2013. At the department, I am responsible for the subject of Architecture and Culture. Before coming to Lund, I was a Senior Lecturer of Architecture (from 2008), and a Professor of Architecture (2012) at the Department of Urban Studies, Malmö University.

In short, my research relates to the fields of architectural theory and history, urban studies, and urban design. It deals with territoriality, public space, building types, room types, space and culture, everyday life and use. In my different research projects I have, for example, been dealing with the ongoing transformation of everyday life in public spaces and how this relates to the design and development of the built environment. This do, for example, include studies of how public spaces of the city has been transformed during an era of consumption and commercialization, as well as studies of the fragmentation of local public spaces in residential areas. I have also been looking into the development and transformation of different building and room types, including court houses, spatial types relating to retail, and residential room types. Furthermore, I have been dealing with the question of urban scale production (both in relation to urban development projects and changing material cultures), as well as specific urban activities such as walking, running and grocery shopping. Finally, I have also (quite often together with Andrea Mubi Brighenti) been working with the long-term theoretical project of developing a  theory of territoriology, working with concepts to analyze processes of territorialisations in the built environment.   

In 2012, I published the book Retailising Space on Ashgate (second pr. Routledge 2016). The monograph Animated Lands, Studies in Territoriology, written together with Andrea Mubi Brighenti was published on Nebraska University Press in 2020. Edited volumes include Urban Squares (2015), on Nordic Academy Press, and Urban Walls (2018) and Territories, Environments, Politics (2022) on Routledge. The latter two were edited together with Andrea Mubi Brighenti.


Main supervisor (finished)

Dr. Emma Nilsson (2010)

Dr. Jesper Magnusson (2016) 

Dr. Paulina Prieto de la Fuente (2018)

Dr. Ida Sandström (2019)

Dr. Sahar Alrabadi (2020)

Dr. Laleh Foroughanfar (2022)

Dr. Misagh Mottaghi (2023) 


Secondary supervisor (finished)

Dr. Mikkel Schönning Sörensen (2007)

Dr. Rickard Persson (2008)

Dr. Emma Paulsson (2016)

Dr. Sandra Kopljar (2016)

Dr. Johan Wirdelöv (2022)

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 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

UKÄ subject classification

  • Architecture
  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

Free keywords

  • territoriality
  • public space
  • urban design
  • architectural theory
  • space & culture
  • urban studies


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