Dalia Mukhtar-Landgren

Senior Lecturer


My research interests are urban planning, municipal development planning and the roles of projects and projectification in public administration. I am also broadly interested in critical public administration studies and issues related to power and governing in local politics. I received by doctorate in 2012 when I defended my thesis Planning for progress and the Community (2012). In my dissertation I tracked and problematised two prominent ideas or norms in planning thinking – the notion of ​​progress and and the ideal of community. In a second step I examined how these two ideas were expressed in urban renewal processes in Malmö between 1994-2004.

Today I am involved in two research projects. The first is Collaboration and autonomy in public administration which is funded by the Swedish Research Council. Within this project, I investigate the organization of EU-funded development projects (ESF projects) and how these affect the perception of policy, accountability and civil service roles in a municipal development context. I am also interested in the EU's so-called "social dimension", and how it affects standards of Swedish public administration.

The second research project IRIMS also concerns municipal development planning, but with a focus on sustainable public transport. Here I examine the institutional conditions for the emergence of so-called Integrated Mobility Services (IMS) as a part of MaaS (Mobility-as-a-Service). More specifically I am engaged in the studies of how the municipality can navigate in collaboration efforts with public and private actors in the municipal development planning. Through this project I will also be affiliated member of K2, The Swedish Knowledge Centre for Public Transport.


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

Recent research outputs

Karlsson, M., Dalia Mukhtar-Landgren, Smith, G., Till Koglin, Kronsell, A., Lund, E., Sarasini, S. & Sochor, J., 2020 Jan 31, In : Transportation Research, Part A: Policy and Practice. 131, p. 283-295 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Dalia Mukhtar-Landgren, 2020 Jan 1, Ett nytt kontrakt för samhällsbyggande. Syssner, J. (ed.). Boxholm: Linnefors Förlag, p. 15-36 21 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

Dalia Mukhtar-Landgren & Fred, M., 2019 Dec 12, The Projectification of the Public Sector. Hodgson, D. E., Fred, M., Bailey, S. & Hall, P. (eds.). Routledge, 20 p. (Routledge critical studies in public management).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

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