Elin Slätmo

Senior Research Fellow

Human geographer specialised in social-environmental studies of governance of natural resources, sustainability and actors involved in negotiations around the use of land. My ambition is to develop conceptual and applied knowledge about the relationship between humans and the environment concerning norms, practices and power. This manifest itself primarily through studies of policy in the Global North contexts.

Academic qualifications
PhD in Human Geography (University of Gothenburg, Sweden, 2014)

MSc in Human and Economic Geography (University of Gothenburg, Sweden, 2009)

MSc in Environmental Science with Specialization in Environmental Planning (University of Gothenburg, Sweden, 2009)

Languages
Swedish (mother tongue)
English (fluent)
Norwegian (working knowledge)
Danish (working knowledge)

Prior Positions
Post-doctoral researcher and research fellow at the division of Rural Development, Department of Urban and Rural Development, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (2015 – 2017)

PhD-student, lecturer and research fellow at the division of Human Geography, Department of Economy and Society, University of Gothenburg. To division homepage (2009 – 2015)

Guest researcher at The Australian Centre for Cultural Environmental Research (AUSCCER) Wollongong University, Australia. Blogpost at AUSCCER (2013)


Publications
Peer reviewed publications

Slätmo, E. (2017). Preservation of Agricultural Land as an Issue of Societal Importance. Rural Landscapes: Society, Environment, History, 4(1): 2, 1–12, DOI: https://doi.org/10.16993/rl.39

Slätmo, E., Fischer, K. and Röös, E. (2017). The Framing of Sustainability in Sustainability Assessment Frameworks for Agriculture. Sociologia Ruralis, 57(3), p. 378-395. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/soru.12156

Slätmo, E. (2016). Challenges in Agricultural Land Management – A Scandinavian perspective on Contextual Variations and Farmers’ Room to Manoeuvre. In Head, L., Saltzman, K., Setten, G. & Stenseke, M. (Eds.), Nature, Temporality and Environmental Management: Scandinavian and Australian perspectives on peoples and landscapes. (ISBN: 978-1-47-246465-1). Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon, p. 169-185. Have a look at the book

Slätmo, E. (2014). Jordbruksmark i förändring. Drivkrafter bakom och förutsättningar för offentlig styrning i Sverige och Norge. Meddelanden från Göteborgs universitets geografiska institutioner. Avhandlingar. Serie B, nr 125, Göteborg. ISBN 91-86472-73-9 Läs avhandlingen

Beilin, R., Lindborg, R., Stenseke, M., Pereira, H.M., Llausàs, A., Slätmo, E., Cerqueira, Y., Navarro, L., Rodrigues, P., Reichelt, N., Munro, N., & Queiroz, C. (2014). Analysing how drivers of agricultural land abandonment affect biodiversity and cultural landscapes using case studies from Scandinavia, Iberia and Oceania. Land Use Policy, 36(0), 60-72.

Stenseke, M., Lindborg, R., Dahlberg, A. & Slätmo, E. (2012). System or arena? Conceptual concerns around the analysis of landscape dynamics. I Bieling, C. & Plieninger, T. (Red.), Resilience and the cultural landscape: Understanding and managing change in human-shaped environments. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, p. 80-94.

Scientific and popular science reports

Slätmo, E., Fischer, K. och Röös, E. (2017) Vad är ett hållbart jordbruk? Analys av tre ramverk för hållbarhetsbedömning. SLU, Framtidens lantbruk – djur, växter och markanvändning. Läs rapporten

Andersson, L., Bengtsson, J., Dahlén, L., Ekelund Axelsson, L., Eriksson, C., Fedrowitz, K., Fischer, K., Friberg, H., Hallin, S., Hunter, E., Jansson, T., Johnsson, P., Mobjörk, M., Oskarsson, D., Patel, M., Rydhmer, L., Räty, R., Röös, E., Slätmo, E., Stenström, M., Sundberg, C., Svensson, C., Westholm, E., Wikman Svahn, P. (2016). Framtidsberättelser från lantbruket år 2030. Uppsala, Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet. Läs rapporten

Slätmo, E. (2015). Stationers roll för utveckling av mindre orter och dess omland. Kunskapssammanställning och forskningsbehov. (Working Papers in Human Geography 2015:3). Avdelningen för Kulturgeografi, Institutionen för ekonomi och samhälle, Handelshögskolan vid Göteborgs universitet. Till rapporten

Slätmo, E. & Stenseke, M. (2013). Offentlig förvaltnings hantering av jordbruksmark och landskapskvaliteter i tätortsnära områden. En studie av beslutsunderlag och processer i Sandnes och Sarpsborg kommuner. (Working Papers in Human Geography 2013:2). Till rapporten

Slätmo, E., Edling, P., Norderhaug, A. & Stenseke, M. (2012). Jorden vi ärvde. Den svenska åkermarken i ett hållbarhetsperspektiv. Kungliga Skogs- och Lantbruksakademiens Tidskrift, Stockholm, (Nr. 6, Årgång 151). Read the publication here

Elin Slätmo‘s spatial story

Slätmo that is a funny name, an Estonian researcher at the Permanent European Conference of the Study of the Rural Landscape said and laughed. Is it Norwegian? Danish? Swedish?

Slätmo is my family name but also the name of a farm stead in the Swedish landscape Närke. According to a formal letter hanging on the wall at my parents’ house, the farm has been traced back to have been in my family since the 1600s. The meaning of Slätmo can be translated as a form of very fine-grained soil. This might have influenced me to spend four years investigating governance of soils and agricultural land in Sweden and Norway in my PhD thesis.

Although I have spent many summers in the landscape surrounding Slätmo, and on the island Gotland, I spent most of my youths in a villa suburb in Örebro (Sweden). Villa suburb, “then you must have been car dependent”, you might think? No, of course my family had a car that was used for vacation and weekend trips to the summer and winter houses, the forests, the skiing tracks, and lakes for swimming or ice skating. But foremost, I was raised biking and hiking. Very many thanks to my parents, but also school, the scout organization, the organization Peaceworks – and my 9 years studying at university – I learnt that humans need to use the environmental resources with care.

When I was 20 I moved to Göteborg, the west coast of Sweden, to start my studies at the university. I lived there for all of my 20s, having obtained my undergraduate and PhD degrees from there. I am a trained human geographer and a social environmental scientist at the School of Business, Economics and Law. This means that sustainable development (with all its three dimensions) is an integrated part of the perspectives I use on an everyday basis. Humans – what we do, how, when, where and why – are my core interests.

After ten years in Göteborg, spent in many different apartments, I moved to one of the most prominent university towns in the Nordic countries, Uppsala, to pursue a postdoc-position at the Swedish university of agricultural sciences. There, at the department of urban and rural development, and the division of rural development, I was working in a transdisciplinary team of researchers. We critically investigated agricultural sustainability. What is agricultural sustainability? Who decides what sustainable agriculture is? What is the limiting and enabling factors to increase the agricultural sustainability? How is one of the fundaments for the food production governed; the soils?

Making most of my time and using my spatial (and other) skills I am commuting from Uppsala to Stockholm for the work at Nordregio. Here my ambition is to continue to develop conceptual and applied knowledge about the relationship between humans and the environment concerning norms, practices and power.

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