Elin Slätmo

Senior Research Fellow

Human geographer specialised in regional and local planning, urban-rural relations and agricultural geography. Research interests in governance models, territorial and multi-level governance, energy transition, sustainable development, actor-structure relations, resilience and participatory methods.  

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) 

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 unit of Human Geography (2009 – 2015),  Department of Economy and Society, University of Gothenburg.

Associate Member of the research group Landscape and Planning at the unit of Human Geography

Peer reviewed publications

Slätmo, E., Nilsson, K. & Huynh, D. (2022) The role of the state in preserving urban green infrastructure – National Urban Parks in Finland and Sweden, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, https://doi.org/10.1080/09640568.2021.1949968 

Slätmo, E. and Kristensen, I. (2021) Urban–Rural Linkages. An Inquiry into Second-Home Tourism in the Nordics. Chapter 15 in Bański, J. 2021 (ed.) The Routledge Handbook of Small Towns (1st ed.). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003094203 

Refsgaard, K., Kull, M., Slätmo, E., & Meijer, M. W. (2020). Bioeconomy – a driver for regional development in the Nordic countries. New Biotechnology. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nbt.2020.10.001 

Slätmo, E.; Nilsson, K.; Turunen, E. (2019) Implementing Green Infrastructure in Spatial Planning in Europe. Land 2019, 8, 62. https://www.mdpi.com/2073-445X/8/4/62

Slätmo, E. (2019). Land for agriculture? Conflicts and synergies between land use in two parts of Scandinavia. Fennia – International Journal of Geography197(1), 25-39. https://doi.org/10.11143/fennia.63074

Slätmo, E. (2018). Financialisation and the Swedish Land Acquisition Act. . In H. Bjørkhaug, Magnan, A. and Lawrence, G. (Ed.), The Financialization of Agri-Food Systems. Contested Transformations. (pp. 281-298): Routledge: Earthscan Food and Agriculture. Have a look at the book

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.

Elin Slätmo‘s spatial story

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.

I am a trained human geographer and a social environmental scientist at the School of Business, Economics and Law in Gothenburg. I moved to Uppsala in 2015, to pursue a postdoc-position at the Swedish university of agricultural sciences. There, at the department of urban and rural development, I was working in a transdisciplinary team of researchers. We did scenario analysis of the future of Swedish agriculture and critically investigated agricultural sustainability. I also had some time to further the studies in governance of soils, policy and planning. I started work as a Senior Research Fellow at Nordregio in 2017, and I enjoy the diversity of the work tasks both regarding concepts, research themes and methods.