Urban Nordin

Urban Nordin


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Works at Department of Human Geography
Telephone 08-16 43 08
Visiting address Svante Arrhenius väg 8
Room X 320
Postal address Kulturgeografiska institutionen 106 91 Stockholm

About me

About me:

PhD 1997, Senior Lecturer 1998, Director of Studies in Human Geography 2002-2008

Liaison Officers at the Faculty of Social Sciences (20 %) 2015- (responsible for: Human Geography, Economic History, Social Anthropology, Political Science, SCORE)



Economic geography, regional development, business intelligence, urban and regional planning, political geography


Research topics:

Regional development; Archipelagoes and islands, Remoteness and peripheriality.

Planning: Urban and regional planning

Tourism; Second home tourism

Obesity and physical activity

Predator management issues


Collaboration with the Department of Geography and Economic History, Umeå University 2008-2011

“Invisible” populations in the countryside: Assessing relationships of second home users to rural areas in Sweden”

The project highlights second home users in the Swedish countryside, a group that is "invisible" in public statistical accounts. It was financed by Formas



Nordin, Urban, (1994) Fritidsbebyggelse för skärgårdsbor? Studier av fritidsboendets betydelse för sysselsättningen i Blidö församling, Norrtälje kommun 1945-1987. Meddelanden serie B 86. Kulturgeografiska institutionen, Stockholms universitet

Nordin, U., (1997) Humlan flyger? Skärgårdshandlarnas strategier, problem och möjligheter.Meddelanden 100. Kulturgeografiska institutionen, Stockholms universitet

Nordin, U., (1997) Skärgården i storstadens skugga. Arbetsvillkor och försörjningsstrategier i storstadsnära glesbygdsområden. Meddelanden 102. Kulturgeografiska institutionen,Stockholms universitet (PhD thesis)

Nordin, U., (1998) Ljuset från Stockholm. In: Bebyggelsehistorisk tidskrift nr 34. 1997 sid 83-92

Nordin, U., (2001) Sjöfart och bebyggelse (red.) bebyggelsehistorisk tidskrift. Nr 41.2001

Nordin, Urban (2005) Skärgården – en plats blir till. I Planeringens utmaningar och tillämpningar. I: Forsberg, G., (red) sid 215-234. Uppsala Publishing House

Nordin, Urban (2005) Planering för platser – exemplet skärgården. I Planeringens utmaningar och tillämpningar. I: Forsberg, G., (red) sid 433-442.Uppsala Publishing House

Jerling, Lenn, Nordin. Urban (2007) Bland skötar, kobbar och kor. Stockholms skärgård – uppkomst och utveckling. Forskningsrådet FORMAS

Nordin, Urban (2008) Fritidshusen: Skärgårdens lycka. In Miljöforskning,  Nr 5-6 dec 2008 sid 26-28

Nordin, U., Nordström, M., (2009) Nya perspektiv på planering när barnen får välja skola. Studier i gränslandet mellan geografi och miljöpsykologi. In: Geografiska Notiser 2009 Nr 1 sid 45-51.

Müller, Dieter, Nordin, Urban & Marjavaara, Roger, (2010) Fritidsboendes relationer med den  svenska landsbygden. Resulatat av en enkät bland svenska fritidshusägare 2009. GERUM Kulturgeografisk arbetsrapport 2010-04-15

Nordin, U., (2011) Den stationära mobiliteten. Fritidsboendet i informationssamhället.In: Geografiska Notiser 2011 Nr 1.

Nordin, U., Marjavaara, R., (2012) The local non-locals: second home owners associational engagement in Sweden. In Tourism, Vol. 60, nr 3, 293-305 s.

Nordin, Urban, Svane, Ulrika (2013) Varg mellan stolarna. Geografiska perspektiv på rovdjursförvaltning. I Geografiska Notiser 2013 Nr 2 sid 65-73

Lagerqvist, M.,  Strandin Pers, A., Nordin, U., (2016) The more, the merrier? Experiences of shared usage and generational intersections at second homes in Sweden.In: Tourism, Leisure and Global Change Vol 1, 2014.


Presentations (from 2010)

“What about Social Capital in a Mobile World? – The impact of Second Home Tourism on the Development of Associations in the Stockholm Archipelago.At the 11the Island of the World Conference Bornholm 23/8- 26/8 2010

“The Stationary Mobility”. Second Homes in a Changing Society. The Swedish Example”.In the Conference “Changing World of Coastal, Island and Tropical Tourism” Martinique, French, West Indies, 2011.

“ Is the Stationary Mobility Sustainable? ”  In the 20th anniversary conference of Nordic tourism and hospitality research. Rovaniemi, Finland 2011.

“The more, the merrier? Strategies and effects of generational changes and shared usage of second homes”. Forum för Skärgårdsforskning, Åbo, 1  Oktober 2014, together with Maja Lagerqvist and Annika Strandin Pers, (Department of Human Geography Stockholm University, Sweden)

“The more, the merrier? Strategies and effects of generational changes and shared usage of second homes in Sweden” på IGU Commission for the Geography of Tourism, Leisure and Global Change conference, Skeviks gård, Stockholm, 9-11 Juni 2014, together with Annika Strandin Pers. (Department of Human Geography Stockholm University, Sweden)

“The growing family and the second home: geographies of conflict-ridden summer idylls”, på 5th Nordic Geographers' Meeting, 2013, Reykjavik, Iceland. 12 juni, 2013, together with Maja Lagerqvist and Annika Strandin Pers(Department of Human Geography Stockholm University, Sweden

“The Stockholm Archipelago: From Production to Consumption, from Periphery to a Part of the Core - in a New Time-Space Context”. At: Remote: Rethinking Remoteness and Peripherality. Island Dynamics. Longyearbyen, Svalbard 15-19 jan 2017 together with Lenn Jerling: (Department of Plant Ecology, Stockholm University)



A selection from Stockholm University publication database
  • 2013. Urban Nordin, Ulrika Svane. Geografiska Notiser (2), 65-73
  • 2012. Urban Nordin, Roger Marjavaara. Tourism 60 (3), 293-305

    The impact of second home tourism in local destinations has been on the research agenda for some time now and can be considered as one of the eternal question in second home tourism research. In available literature it is often argued that second home owners do not contribute in any significant way to a positive local development at the destinations. On the other hand, there are studies arguing that second home owners do contribute to local development and offer one of few opportunities for many rural and peripheral areas. This study aims at contributing to this debate by exploring in what way second home owners engage in local associations at second home destinations in Sweden. Questions addressed relate to second home owners engagement, type of associations they engage in and utilization of second homes. The data used is retrieved from a nation-wide questionnaire survey to 4 000 randomly selected second home owners in Sweden during 2009. Results show that second home owners actively engage in the associational life at the destinations and is to be considered as a potential for local development rather than a problem for places that otherwise would have limited options.

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Last updated: April 17, 2018

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