Pernilla Hagbert holds a PhD in Architecture from Chalmers University of Technology. In 2016, she defended her thesis A sustainable home? Reconceptualizing home in a low-impact society, which explored notions of home and interpretations of sustainability among residents, architects and developers in contemporary housing development. She currently works as a researcher at the division of Urban and Regional Studies at the Dept. of Urban Planning and Environment at KTH. Pernilla's research interests include socio-cultural aspects of home-related practices and everyday life, critically examining the interpretations (and paradoxes) of sustainability in housing and urban development, and exploring norm-critical, alternative ways of doing and living as part of transitions to a low-impact society.
Popular scientific accounts of Pernilla's research have been covered in various media outlets, including national TV and radio, web publications and print newspapers/magazines. Pernilla has furthermore presented her work to various stakeholders from policy, the public sector and practice on a municipal, regional and national level, and enjoys engaging in societal outreach as part of her work for a more sustainable development of both the housing sector and society as whole.
Between 2016-2018 Pernilla was a Post-doc within the Formas funded project Beyond GDP-growth - Scenarios for sustainable building and planning. Within the project, she was involved in work packages dealing with Everyday Practices, the Built Environment, and Policy and Planning. Pernilla is the project leader for a design research project funded by the Swedish Energy Agency, called "Gendered Sustainability: norm-critical explorations of energy practices for everyday transitions”, running between 2018-2022. She is also engaged in other Energy Agency funded projects exploring design and narratives: "Critical Design as a Way to Expose Norms Within the Sustainability Discourse" and "Beyond Efficiency".
She teaches and lectures on topics of sustainability transitions, social/humanitarian design and housing issues.