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Jenny Lindblad

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PhD, Planning and Decision analysis, Urban and regional studies. 

I work as a researcher and teacher at the division of Urban and Regional Studies, in connection with the research platform Space Politics and Ecologies. I am currently assistant Program Director for the Msc Sustainable Urban Planning and Design. I am part of the research project Humus Economicus (more below) that explores presences of and blindnesses towards soils in urban landscapes. 

My doctoral thesis, titled Planning Contexts: Bureaucracy and rule relations in French Urbanism (2020), investigated the social life of a planning bureaucracy in Bordeaux, France, in a time of national reforms aimed at transforming bureaucratic procedures. By following the making and uses of a land-use plan, I explored what calls for flexibility and negotiation in reforms aimed at public administrations come to mean in the quotidian work of bureaucrats, planners and politicians.

More broadly, I am interested in how practices, expertise and materialities shape cities and urban life. I work with perspectives from anthropology, science and technology studies, planning studies to explore sociomaterial entanglements focusing particularly on policy documents, planning practices, and urban soils in France and Sweden. 

Previously, I have explored these issues with regards to ticket barriers in Stockholm metro stations. I am contributing editor for AnthroPod, the podcast of the Society for Cultural Anthropology. 

I am happy to hear from master students who wish to work on urban planning through qualitative methods with topics related to, for instance, planners practices, bureaucracy, spatial and environmental justice, and questions around food production and land use in urban regions.    

Humus Economicus : Soil Blindness and the value of "Dirt" in Urbanized landscapes. 

This art and research project inquiries into the value and future of soil in urbanized landscapes. It seeks to draw attention to radically altered human-soil relations, the invisible work of soils, and practices of soil care in a time when soils are sealed and degraded at rapid rates. Humus economicus is initiated by artist and environmental humanities researcher Janna Holmstedt at National Historical Museums, Sweden. Funded by Formas – a Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Development (2021–2024).

Organizing sustainable cities: planning, strategy, governance, management

Financed by Vetenskapsrådet 2015-2018

The Organizing sustainable cities project aims at grasping how urban sustainable development becomes ‘translated’ as a concept and in practice through the networks and practice spheres of present-day city administrations. The project particularly focuses on the challenges faced by broad organizing ambitions, such as integrative strategies for sustainable urban development, when confronted with incongruent domains of practice that operate according to different protocols and in accordance with diverging values, norms and procedures. By following how actors in different spheres of practice in city administrations translate sustainability into practice in their own domain and make sense of it, the project will contribute to a better understanding of when, how and why this generates friction, incoherence and sometimes open conflict as to what constitutes sustainable urban development and how to ‘do’ it in practice.


Courses

Degree Project in Urban and Regional Planning, Second Cycle (AG212X), teacher | Course web

Planning Theory and Urban Governance (AG2127), teacher | Course web

Project Sustainable Urban Planning - Strategies for Urban and Regional Development (AG2129), teacher, assistant | Course web

Theory of Science and Research Methodology for Planning and Design (AG2126), teacher | Course web