The Uppsala University was established in 1477. The Department of Social and Economic Geography gains and disseminate knowledge in human geography and geography. It employs around 50 teachers/researchers, 25 doctoral students and 4 administrators. Our teaching assignments include education within: Planning, Human Geography, GIS, Teachers training. Research activities focus upon four themes: (1) place and identity; (2) space and economy; (3) global processes and local worlds; (4) nature and society. Migration issues are central in Departmental research, for example in projects focusing on immigration and belonging, trans localism, segregation and racism. The department continuously cooperates with The Institute for Housing and Urban Research (IBF), a multidisciplinary social science resource centers.
Jan Amcoff, Associate Professor
Jan Amcoff is a senior lecturer at the Department of Social and Economic Geography, Uppsala university. He is an associate professor in Human Geography, and has worked at different fields within the discipline, often with certain attention paid to the development of rural areas in Sweden. His research interests include population geography, service provision in sparsely populated areas and the physical or built environment in these places.
Micheline van Riemsdijk
Micheline van Riemsdijk is an Associate Professor of Human Geography at Uppsala University and a Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Global Cooperation Research at the University of Duisburg-Essen. She is currently leading a research project on the social integration of highly skilled refugees in Sweden, funded by the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (http://kultgeog.uu.se/integration). Van Riemsdijk is the lead editor for a special issue for Third World Quarterly on new actors and contested architectures in global migration governance (with co-editors Marianne Marchand and Volker Heins), and she edited the book Rethinking International Skilled Migration (Routledge 2018, with Qingfang Wang).
Susanne is professor in Social and Economic geography at Uppsala University and researcher in MATILDE. She has been working extensively on rural transformation and rural development and uses a qualitative methods approach. Her main research interests focus on gender relations and gendered identities in rural areas, centre-periphery, rural-urban relations, access to welfare and migration.
Tina Holds a PhD from the Department of Social and Economic Geography at Uppsala University. Her dissertation is about young former refugees growing up in rural towns in Norway, investigating the youths place attachment processes and multiple belongings. She holds a Masters degree in Sociology from the University of Oslo, has been working with questions regarding the wellbeing and incorporation of asylum seekers and refugees in housing, education and the labour market. Her main research interests focus on migration, the relationship between a personal sense of belonging and politics of belonging, identity and place, young people, rural realities, everyday life and qualitative participatory methods.