Pontus Hennerdal


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Works at Department of Human Geography
Telephone 08-16 48 51
Visiting address Svante Arrhenius väg 8
Room X 313
Postal address Kulturgeografiska institutionen 106 91 Stockholm


I teach courses in GIS (geographical information systems) and cartography at the Department of Human Geography.

Here are some links to web-based learning tools I have made:

Another learning tool I have developed is the mobile game World Map Golf, a non-Euclidean golf game. Read more about the game at


Spatial analysis and cartography are my main research interests. My PhD-research project was about teaching, knowing, and understanding maps in the context of geography education. Presently I am involved in a research project about school segregation and also in development of new spatial measurements of clusters and segregation.

Peer-reviewed articles

M.M. Nielsen and P. Hennerdal (2018) Segregation of residents with tertiary education in Sweden from 1990–2012. The Professional Geographer.

P. Hennerdal, B. Malmberg, and E.K. Andersson (2018) Competition and school performance: Swedish school leavers from 1991–2012. Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research.

M.M. Nielsen and P. Hennerdal (2017) Changes in the residential segregation of immigrants in Sweden from 1990 to 2012: Using a multi-scalar segregation measure that accounts for the modifiable areal unit problemApplied Geography 87, 73-84.

P. Hennerdal and M.M. Nielsen (2017) A multiscalar approach for identifying clusters and segregation patterns that avoids the modifiable areal unit problemAnnals of the American Association of Geographers 107(3), 555-574.

P. Hennerdal (2017) Continuity markers as an aid for children in finding the peripheral continuity of world mapsCartography and Geographic Information Science 44(1), 76-85.

P. Hennerdal (2016) Changes in place location knowledge: A follow-up study in Arvika, Sweden, 1968 and 2013International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education 25(4), 309-327.

P. Hennerdal (2015) Beyond the periphery: Child and adult understanding of world map continuity. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 105(4), 773-790. (link to accepted manuscript)

P. Hennerdal (2015) Educational ideas in geography education in Sweden during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries: The relationship between maps and texts. International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education 24(3), 258-272.

M.M. Nielsen and P. Hennerdal (2014) MAUPing workplace clusters. Growth and Change 45(2), 211-221.

Other publications

E.K. Andersson, P. Hennerdal, and B. Malmberg (2018) The re-emergence of educational inequality during a period of reforms. A study of Swedish school leavers 1991–2012Stockholm Research Reports in Demography 27.

P. Hennerdal (2015) Kontinuitet vid världskartans kant. Geografiska Notiser 73(4), 143-153.

P. Hennerdal (2015) Education through Maps: The Challenges of Knowing and Understanding the World. (Doctoral thesis at Stockholm University)

P. Eriksson (2010) Land for the Dead: Access to and Evolvement of Necral Land in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. (Master thesis at Stockholm University)

Conference papers

P. Hennerdal* and M.M. Nielsen (2017) A new multiscalar approach for studying segregation and clustering that avoids the part of the modifiable areal unit problem related to the area of reference. Nordic Geographers Meeting 2017, Stockholm.

P. Hennerdal* and M.M. Nielsen (2017) A new multiscalar approach for studying segregation and clustering that avoids the part of the modifiable areal unit problem related to the area of referenceAAG Annual Meeting 2017, Boston.

E.K. Andersson, B. Malmberg, and P. Hennerdal* (2016) Long-term effects on educational attainment from increasing segregation of residential contexts and school compositionAAG Annual Meeting 2016, San Francisco.

P. Hennerdal (2015) Learning to understand map projections with a computer game. AAG Annual Meeting 2015, Chicago.

P. Hennerdal (2014) Cognitive aspects of the peripheral continuity of world map projections. AAG Annual Meeting 2014, Tampa. (see video)

P. Hennerdal (2013) Better before? Children's map knowledge in the 1960s vs. now (Poster). AAG Annual Meeting 2013, Los Angeles.

P. Hennerdal (2012) The world ends where the map ends (Poster). AAG Annual Meeting 2012, New York.

I have been reviewer for the following journals

Advances in Life Course ResearchAnnals of the American Association of GeographersCartography and Geographic Information ScienceDemographic ResearchEnvironment and Planning AJournal of Spatial Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, and Studies in Educational Evaluation.

Ongoing research project: Education Attitudes and Educational Results in a Changing Educational Landscape

The Swedish Research Council (VR)

The project "Education attitudes and educational results in a changing educational landscape" has three trends as basis for analyses. First, the increasing differences in educational background between regions, second the increasing residential segregation by ethnic origin in Swedish metropolitan regions, and third, the increasing school segregation by ethnic origin in Swedish metropolitan regions and increasing performance differences between schools. The purpose of this project is, thus, to analyze the associations between these trends and other changes in the Swedish school system. In the current debates and formation of school policies, there is a need for research-based proposals on how current approaches to school choice, voucher finance, and the establishment of charter schools could be redesigned in ways that improve school performance and educational equity. The project will answer questions such as; long-term effects on educational attainment in different social and ethnic groups, polarization of student attitudes, spatial sorting of students, school locational decisions, as well as parental preferences for social and ethnic homogeneity in schools. Questions will be addressed by estimating and evaluating an appropriately designed statistical model using data from a survey and SCB register data. The project adopts a geographical perspective within the theory that the social environment in the form of neighbors and this case schoolchildren (peer effects), affect children and young people's choices and attitudes for future educational achievements.

Research in progress together with: Eva Andersson and Bo Malmberg

Time period: 2015-2018

Last updated: October 26, 2018

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