Urban Social and Economic Geography in the Long Run, 1880–2017

This research project has the aim of analyzing changes to urban social and economic geography over the 1880–2017 period and how these are linked to shifts in transportation technology and urban planning using data for the six Swedish cities of Stockholm, Sundsvall, Växjö, Norrköping, Östersund and Uppsala. The selection of cities is used to produce variation along dimensions of size, economic and social structure, types of infrastructure, position in the spatial hierarchy, as well as relative economic development. The project will use a combination of historical maps and digitized census data which is combined with contemporary geocoded population registers. This will result in geocoded data on individuals at a 100x100 meter grid spatial resolution which is used to bring a unique long-run perspective on four areas of research: urban spatial structure, socio-economic segregation, urban neighborhoods, and residential choice.


Jakob Molinder (project leader)

Martin Söderhäll

John Östh