Keynote Speakers

Plenary 1

Erik Pelling

Member of the Uppsala City Council

Erik Pelling is a Social Democratic politician with long experience as a member of the Uppsala City Council, with responsibilities in land use and urban planning, housing, rural development, and the reception of refugees, among other areas.

Inger Ashing

General Director of the Delegation against Segregation (DELMOS)

Inger Ashing is the first General Director of the Delegation against Segregation (DELMOS), a state agency newly created to address growing concerns about challenges related to increasing segregation and social inequalities. She has previously worked as the National Coordinator for Youth not in Education or Employment, a program of Save the Children International. Previous appointments include Deputy Director General of the Swedish Agency for Youth and Civil Society and CEO of the Global Child Forum.

Roger Andersson

Professor of Cultural Geography, Institute for Housing and Urban Research, Uppsala University

Roger Andersson’s research centers on migration, neighbourhood dynamics and residential segregation. He has contributed books and articles within the fields of urbanization, urban policies and urban planning, refugee immigration, public housing, ethnic and socio-economic segregation, selective migration and neighbourhood effects. He has been Distinguished Visiting Professor with the Vancouver Center of Excellence in Research on Immigration and Integration in the Metropolis, and he has held visiting positions at Amsterdam University (Wibaut Chair) and New York University School of Law (Straus Fellow). He has also consulted for a range of public authorities in Sweden and abroad. He is currently leading a research project on demographic segregation in Sweden.

Bo Bengtsson

Senior Professor of Political Science, Institute for Housing and Urban Research, Uppsala University

Bo Bengtsson has authored, co-authored and edited numerous articles, books and book chapters on Swedish and comparative housing policy and politics, ethnic organization and political integration, co-operation and collective action in housing, path dependence in housing, rights to housing and case study methodology. In addition to his senior professor position at Uppsala University, Bo Bengtsson is a visiting professor at in the Department of Urban Studies at Malmö University and honorary professor with the Institute for Social Policy, Housing, Equalities Research at Herriot Watt University. He was a member of the editorial board of the journal Housing, Theory and Society during 2000-2017.

Plenary 2

Ingrid Gould Ellen

Paulette Goddard Professor of Urban Policy and Planning Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and Furman Center, New York University

Ingrid Gould Ellen’s research centers on neighborhoods, housing, and residential segregation. She is author of Sharing America’s Neighborhoods: The Prospects for Stable Racial Integration (Harvard University Press, 2000) and editor of How to House the Homeless (Russell Sage Foundation, 2010). She works at the intersection of economics, public policy and urban planning and has authored numerous articles and book chapters related to housing, segregation, and neighborhood change. Professor Ellen has held visiting positions at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution. She attended Harvard University, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics, and Master and Ph.D. degrees in Public Policy.

Michael Neuman

Professor of Sustainable Urbanism, University of Westminster, London

Michael Neuman’s interests span cities and urbanism, planning, design, engineering, sustainability, resilience, infrastructure, and governance. His recent books include Engendering Cities (Routledge, 2017), The Futures of the City Region (Routledge, 2011), The Imaginative Institution (Ashgate, 2010), and Building California´s Future (PPIC, 2000). His work has been translated into nine languages. He has been received best article awards for work published in Town Planning Review, European Planning Studies and the Journal of the American Planning Association. His work has also received awards from organizations such as the National Endowment of the Arts, the National Science Foundation, the American Institute of Architects, the American Planning Association, the Planning Institute of Australia, and the Spanish and Catalan governments. He earned a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his doctorate from UC Berkeley, both in City and Regional Planning. In addition to his academic work, he is the Principal of the Michael Neuman Consultancy.

Plenary 3

Session A

John Parkinson

Professor of Politics, Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, University of Canberra.

John Parkinson is an applied democracy theorist who works on collective meaning and agreement-making in democratic systems. His published work includes Democracy and Public Space: The Physical Sites of Democratic Performance (Oxford, 2012), which argues that trends in architecture, planning and urban design are reinforcing a shift from public citizenship to private consumption and leisure, sometimes quite unintentionally; but that the solutions are as much about politics and meaning-making as they are about the alleged affordances of space. His other work focuses on democratic institutions and practices, including referendums, public engagement initiatives, and deliberative democracy. He is part-responsible for the deliberative systems approach in democratic theory, set out in a collection with Jane Mansbridge called Deliberative Systems (Cambridge, 2012). His next book, Mapping and Measuring Deliberation with André Bächtiger, will be published by Oxford in 2018, to be followed by Sparking a National Conversation with Núria Franco-Guillén.

Don Mitchell

Professor of Cultural Geography, Department of Social and Economic Geography, Uppsala University

Distinguished Professor of Geography Emeritus at Syracuse University

Don Mitchell’s work focuses on historical and contemporary struggles over urban public space and the city more generally, the relationship between labor and the geographical landscape, and the geography of culture. He is the author of five books, including They Saved the Crops: Labor, Landscape and the Struggle over Industrial Farming in Bracero-Era California (University of Georgia Press, 2012); The People’s Property? Power, Politics and the Public (Routledge, 2008, with Lynn A. Staeheli); The Right to the City: Social Justice and the Fight for Public Space (Guilford, 2003/2014); Cultural Geography: A Critical Introduction (Blackwell, 2000); and The Lie of the Land: Migrant Workers and the California Landscape (University of Minnesota Press, 1996). Along with the late Neil Smith, Mitchell is the General Editor of Revolting New York: How 400 Years of Riot, Rebellion, Uprising, and Revolution Shaped a City (University of Georgia Press, 2018), and the editor of Food Across Borders (Rutgers University Press, 2017, with Matt Garcia and E. Melanie DuPuis) and Justice, Power and the Political Landscape (Routledge, 2009, with Kenneth Olwig). He is currently at work on a book called Mean Streets: Homelessness, Public Space, and the Limits to Capital. He received his PhD in Geography from Rutgers University in 1992.

Session B

Marianne Røed

Research Professor, Norwegian Institute for Social Research, Oslo

Marianne Røed pursues empirical research on labour market and welfare issues, and in recent years she has directed her attention to questions related to international migration. The economic integration of immigrants, how immigration affects the outcome of natives in the labour market, and what explains the levels and directions of international migration flows are all topics she has addressed. Her work concerning these issues has been published in  a series of articles in international research journals, first of all within the economic field of study, such as Labour Economics, but also in journals which publish research at the intersection of economics and other disciplines, such as Regional Studies. She has a PhD in Economics from the University of Oslo (2001) and has worked for many years within the Department for Work and Welfare at the Institute for Social Research.

Henrik Andersson

Henrik Andersson is a PhD student in economics with the Institute for Housing and Urban Research at Uppsala University, where he works primarily with questions related to international migration. In June, Henrik will defend his thesis “Immigration and the Neighborhood”, which includes articles on asylum policy, ethnic enclaves, native flight and the connection between refugee immigration and housing prices. His research is empirical and in general applies quasi-experimental methods to estimate causal effects. In addition to his time as a PhD candidate in Uppsala, in 2015 Henrik received a grant from the Byzantine Travel Scholarship to stay as a graduate researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles. 

Cristina Bratu

Cristina Bratu is an applied economist whose work focuses on questions related to immigration and in particular the interplay between immigration policies and individual behavior. She has worked on projects looking at how family reunification policies in one country affect migration flows to a neighboring country and how the intergenerational mobility of immigrants differs from that of natives in Sweden. She is currently analyzing the firm-level effects of loosening restrictions on sponsoring work permits for non-European immigrants. She is pursuing a PhD in Economics at Uppsala University. 

Plenary 4

Session A

Nóra Teller

Senior Research Fellow, Metropolitan Research Institute, Budapest

Nóra Teller has been engaged in research and consultancy in the fields of housing policy, urban development, housing exclusion of Roma and homelessness in Hungary and in a comparative perspective in Central and East Europe and the Western Balkans. More recently she has also conducted research on the use of EU funds for housing inclusion of Roma in the region. Her interests include the spatial dynamics of housing segregation and measurement of social mechanisms impacting segregation. While her work is primarily policy impact oriented, in her research she has also worked on designing new methods to develop a better understanding of the linkages of macro- and micro-level mechanisms of housing segregation of Roma. Beyond lecturing at the Budapest Corvinus University on the topic of housing exclusion, she is one of the co-editors of the European Journal of Homelessness and member of the European Observatory on Homelessness.

Carina Listerborn

Professor in Urban Planning, Department of Urban Studies, Malmö University

Carina Listerborn has a Ph.D. (2002) from Chalmers University on urban safety discourses from a feminist perspective. Her research fields are urban social geography, critical urban theory and feminist urban studies. She is part of the strong research environment Critical Urban Sustainability Hub (CRUSH), which is a national research network that has put the housing question in the center of sustainability issues. She also participates in the International Collaborative for the Critical Analysis of Neoliberalism (ICCAN). She has previously done research on urban conflicts, violence and uprisings, and neo-liberal planning. She is currently finishing a book on “housing from below” and housing inequalities. Most of her recent research focuses on intersectional perspectives on smart housing developments. Recent publications include articles in Planning, Theory and Practice (“The flagship concept of ‘the 4th Urban Environment’: branding and visioning in Malmö, Sweden”, 2017), and the European Journal of Women Studies (“Feminist struggle over urban safety and the politics of space”, 2016).

Session B

Thomas Maloutas

Professor of Social Geography, Department of Geography, Harokopio University, Athens

Thomas Maloutas is the former Director of the Institute of Urban and Rural Sociology of the National Centre for Social Research (EKKE) in Athens and formerly Professor in the Department of Planning at the University of Thessaly. He recently served as General Secretary for Research & Technology within the Ministry of Education of Greece. His work is related to the changing social structures in metropolitan areas in the era of capitalist globalization, with a focus on issues of segregation and gentrification related to housing and broader welfare regimes. His research and published work refer mainly to the South European urban context and especially to Athens.

Per G. Berg

Professor in Landscape Architecture, Department of Urban and Rural Development, Swedish University of Agricultural Science, Ultuna

Per G. Berg has been working with the theory and practice of sustainable settlements in urban and rural settings for 42 years. His research foci within the overarching sustainable community development theme include sustainable neighbourhoods, sustainable urban development, resilient citylands (about urban-rural interactions and green-blue-built structures in urban settings), functional densification (how to balance density and spaciousness in urban areas), the factor five flow city (a quantitative model of change in materials and energy flows necessary to mitigate global change in urban function), and the intersensory city (a concept describing the sensory qualities of sustainable cities). He has been research leader in his field since 1987, investigating ecotechnology, biology and settlement, and mobility and rootedness (on human transport and communication), including development of a theoretical framework (the PEBOSCA-model) which is based on paragraph 30 in the UN Habitat Agenda. Since 1988 he has been leading an experimental local eco-settlement project in Uppsala. During 2013-2014 he served as an energy expert in a panel convened by the European Commission to assess the applications for the European Green Capital Award.  In 2016 he was awarded the pedagogic prize by the Royal Swedish Academy of Forestry and Agriculture.