Johannes has a background in urban and regional planning and human geography. His research interest lies within urban and social geography; but also governance and policies related to spatial planning and urban development.
MSc in Urban and Regional Planning, Department of Human Geography, Stockholm University (2017)
BSc in Urban and Regional Planning, Department of Human Geography, Stockholm University (2015)
Intern at SABO (the Swedish Association of Public Housing Companies), worked in a project on the developer’s responsibility for funding infrastructure in newly built areas and participated in other workshops and seminars at SABO (2016).
Johannes Lidmo‘s spatial story
As a young kid in primary school I became fascinated about maps and geography. I liked competing with my friends about who knew most capital cities in Europe and so my interest in geography and particularly urban development processes started to emerge. I did not yet realise this, but during my childhood I always observed the environment around me, and changes in time related to those places. It could be simple things such as observing the car route from my home in southern Stockholm to my grandparents’ house outside of Enköping in Mälardalen.
Being raised in the suburbs of Stockholm, in the neighbouring municipality of Huddinge, I quite early realised, without seeing it from spatial and geographical perspectives, the inequalities amongst people or spatial differences between neighbourhoods. Particularly evident was a task in school when I was 13 years old where I and my class-mates went to dissimilar neighbourhoods in Stockholm to observe the urban environment. The upcoming days we held a presentation about our visit there. I and my group went to Djursholm, a wealthy neighbourhood in northern Stockholm, and it was a completely unique experience for most of us who for the first-time grasped differences between places in the same city.
In parallel to this I continued having my interest in observing the (changes in the) urban environment around me which then influenced my favourite subjects in upper secondary school. I became interested in social science subjects, but gradually I developed a spatial dimension to all those diverse issues. I even combined my school-work with the spatial relations I had to various places I visited in the summers. I started playing accordion when I was seven years old, and every summer between 2005-2012 I went to an accordion camp in the border- and twin-cities of Haparanda and Tornio in northern Sweden/Finland. There I not only gained international friends, I also observed a large urban expansion since Ikea was strategically located in Haparanda. As such, in a geography class in upper secondary school, I chose to hold a presentation about this urban expansion in Haparanda-Tornio.
Unsurprisingly, all this affected my main interests in many aspects. I, like many others of my generation, played video games where one of my favourites were SimCity because then I could plan my own cities and determine the development myself. I quickly understood that the real world is much more complex than those in SimCity. Luckily, one of my friends noticed that I not only talked about building my own cities in a video game, I also talked about the urban development I observed all around me. This happened when it was time to apply for a university course. My friend suggested me to apply for studies within urban and regional planning at a human geography department. Since then I have finally started to get engaged in questions of urban and regional development in practice and theory, which has affected my spatial story since. One’s spatial story is never written in stone and will always include new perspectives. So, when we start considering the small steps in our own history we start realising that they altogether shape us. One major and recent step in my spatial story is my Erasmus Exchange in Cardiff, Wales, in 2016/2017 when I for the first time moved away from the Stockholm region and entered a completely new spatial experience. This has lately been strongly influential in my understanding for cultural, spatial and other contextual differences. In other words, we can always learn from one another by meeting new people in new spatial and cultural contexts. This will in the end shape our past and current spatial story which in my case means that I nowadays am more open to new challenges in various forms which can take place in a variety of new spatial contexts.
Related Research Projects
- Local ownership in transitions towards sustainable energy systems
- Nordic Cycle Power Network
- National support initiatives
- Remote work and multilocality post-pandemic
- Södertörnsmodellen, Stage 3
- The compact city of the North – functions, challenges and planning strategies
- Social Green – Regional Policies towards Greening the Social Housing Sector
- Urban-rural flows of seasonal tourists – local planning challenges and strategies
- Legislation and policies of urban green areas in the Nordic countries
- Nordic Sustainable Cities – Export Efforts
- National Claims in Spatial planning
- Study on taxation in support of green transition
- Urban visions of the green and recreative city
- Transport for Regional Integration in Border Regions (TRIBORDER)
- Nordic study about regional policy
- The Compact City of the North – functions, challenges and planning strategies
- Urban–rural flows from seasonal tourism and second homes: Planning challenges and strategies in the Nordics
- The legal framework and national policies for urban greenery and green values in urban areas
- Nationella lagar och regler i arbetet med stadsgrönska i Norden
- Remote work: Effects on Nordic people, places and planning 2021-2024
- Transit-oriented development in the Greater Copenhagen Region – Insights from small- and medium- sized cities
- Compact cities trigger high use of second homes in the Nordic Region
- Bringing attention back to the city centre – six Nordic examples
- Discussion paper: Nordic overview of national support initiatives in urban planning
- Nordic overview of national support initiatives in urban planning
- Nordic City Network seminar for stronger cooperation and project planning
- New Nordic study on regional policy and instruments for economic recovery
- 16 Dec: How regional policies are greening the EU Social Housing sector?
- Five Nordic planning systems: How do we manage urban spaces?
- Urban–rural flows from seasonal tourism and second homes: New report published
- A Sustainable policy hub for rural actors – SHERPA
- Solving Society’s Most Pressing Challenges through Housing
- Seasonal tourists and second homes boost local economies, but challenge local service planning
- Buildings retrofits are vital to achieving Europe’s energy and climate goals
- Social green: Study visits and Project Meeting in Alba Iulia, Romania
- Can local ownership facilitate the transition towards greener energy systems? Highly topical research project maps out possibilities and challenges
- Locally produced energy: Solar energy on the rooftops in Nacka and a windmill park in Bornholm
- ARENA: Remote work – What does it mean for people, places and planning?
- Webinar: Multilevel governance for green and inclusive urban development in the Nordic Region
- 28 October: CROSS-BORDER TRAFFIC FLOWS IN THE NORDIC REGION Webinar
- Webinar: Public Space in the Green and Recreative City
- Webinar: How does second homes and seasonal tourism affect Nordic municipalities?
- Carbon Neutral Social Housing: Challenges Post2020
- Södertörnsmodellen: Värdeskapande stadsutveckling – södertörnsakademin
- Combatting energy poverty in times of crisis