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Housing, Place and Regional Studies

The department is studying various aspects of the local and regional community, including the importance of innovation and policy measures.

About the department

The department has five key research areas that are often integrated into our social analysis:

1. The housing market, residential structure, residential and residential preferences
2. Urban and local development and vigorous municipalities
3. Regional Economy and regional processes
4. Demographics and population development
5. Industry, Innovation and Growth

The department is studying various aspects of the local and regional community, including the importance of innovation and policy measures. Research on regional development and regional policy at the macro level based on economic, demographic and socio-economic analyzes. So we highlight the relationship between different regions and different urban regions and rural regions. Research on meso and micro level are mainly aimed at specific communities or functional regions and development. In these types of projects is common with a combination of qualitative methods and approaches and statistical register and survey data. Location Analyses for smaller and medium-sized municipalities are also holistic and complex in their themes. The method sociocultural place analyzes used within strategic urban and local development where different beliefs about the place and the site's future development direction and different interests meet. Another type of place analyzes related to the area lift in big cities or city suburbs. Knowledge production will be used in policy formulation, development and strategic planning to make places and regions functional and attractive for people and businesses.

Analysis of industry's structure and growth potential include societal contexts and conditions, whether locally in a municipality or a region. Research on housing policy and housing market highlights the demand and supply side, housing, housing stock, population base and housing preferences. Settlement system design and change linked to demographic data and data on population movement and migration.


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Recent Fields of Study

  • Functional regions and the interaction between the city and surrounding areas
  • Development dynamics and conditions for robust and attractive regions
  • Location Analyses of local communities and area development
  • Housing development, municipal cooperation and strategic planning in different types of regions
  • Housing market, instruments and distributional
  • Demographic trends, resettlement and relocation
  • Industry and social analysis in the light of regional development strategies
  • Regional Economic model development
  • Local and regional identity and belonging in municipalities and functional regions
  • Projections of the need for the provision of services in a region
  • Employment growth / decline industries, settlements and labour