Elin Slätmo

Senior Research Fellow

Human geographer specialised in rural and agricultural geography, sustainable development, governance of land, green infrastructure, and multi-actor platforms. My ambition is to develop knowledge that challenge norms and guide policy makers. 

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 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)

Peer reviewed publications

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 

Slätmo, E., Nilsson, K. & Huynh, D. (2021) 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 

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.

Scientific and popular science reports

Slätmo, E., Oliveira e Costa, S. Eliasen, S. Q., Miller, D., Piter, L., Kull, M. and Potters, J. (2021). Methods for setting-up of MAPs. Deliverable 5.1. in H2020 Coordination and Support Action SHERPA: Sustainable Hub to Engage into Rural Policies with Actors. Report to the European Commission. Pp.31 September 2021.

Chartier, O., Salle, E., Irvine, K., Kull, M., Miller, D., Nieto, E., Vestergård, L.O., Potters, J., Slätmo, E., Zomer, B., Iadecola, F. (2021). Long-Term Vision for Rural Areas: Contribution from SHERPA science-society-policy platforms. SHERPA Position Paper. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.455744

Slätmo, E., Flink, J. and Löfving, L. (2020) Utvärderingen av Landsbygdsutvecklingsprogrammet för Åland 2014–2020. Årsrapport för 2019, med tematiska fördjupningar. ÅSUB Rapport 2020:2. Accessed from https://www.asub.ax/sv/utredning/utvarderingen-lbu-programmet-aland-2014-2020-arsrapport-2019-tematiska-fordjupningar

Slätmo, E., Oliveira e Costa, S. and Eliasen, S. Q. (2020). Methods for setting-up of MAPs. Deliverable 5.1. in H2020 Coordination and Support Action SHERPA: Sustainable Hub to Engage into Rural Policies with Actors. Report to the European Commission. Pp.28. 31 March 2020.

Slätmo, E., Vestergård, L. O., and Lidmo, J. (2020). Compact cities trigger high use of second homes in the Nordic Region. Nordregio Policy Brief 2020:2 https://www.nordregio.org/publications/compact-cities-trigger-high-use-of-second-homes-in-the-nordic-region/

Slätmo, E. and Penje, O. (2020). Agenda 2030 and SDGs at the local level – a brief start-up guide. Nordregio Policy Brief 2020:1. https://www.nordregio.org/publications/agenda-2030-and-sdgs-at-the-local-level-a-brief-start-up-guide/

Slätmo, E., Vestergård, L. O., Lidmo, J., and Turunen (2019). Urban–rural flows from seasonal tourism and second homes: Planning challenges and strategies in the Nordics. Nordregio Report 2019:13. https://www.nordregio.org/publications/urban-rural-flows-from-seasonal-tourism-and-second-homes-planning-challenges-and-strategies-in-the-nordics/

Slätmo, E.; Nilsson, K.; Turunen, E. (2019). GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE – strategic land use for well-being, business and biodiversity. Nordregio Policy Brief, Nr 5, April 2019. https://www.norden.org/en/publication/green-infrastructure-strategic-land-use-well-being-business-and-biodiversity

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

Articles in technical journals and other popular scientific articles

Nilsson, K., Slätmo, E. and Turunen E. (2019) Statligt skydd av den gröna infrastrukturen. Gröna fakta i Tidningen Utemiljö, Nr 2, 2019, ISSN: 0284-9798

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 moved to Göteborg, the west coast of Sweden, to start my studies at the university in 2005. 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.  

After ten years in Göteborg, 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, and the division of rural development, I was working in a transdisciplinary team of researchers. We critically investigated agricultural sustainability. I also had some time to further the studies in governance of soils. 

I started work as a Senior Research Fellow at Nordregio in 2017.