Lukas Smas


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Om mig

Sedan januari 2018 är jag universitetslektor i kulturgeografi med inriktning mot samhällsplanering. Mellan 2011 och 2017 var jag Senior Research Fellow vid Nordregio, ett forskningsinstitut som bedriver tillämpad forksning om regional utveckling och samhällsplanering. Jag har också varit International Fellow in Urban Studies vid Johns Hopkins University i Baltimore (2009) och Visting Scholar vid Centre for Urban and Regional Studies, The University of Newcastle, Australia (2006). Våren 2008 disputerade i kulturgeografi vid Stockholms universitet och jag har en magisterexamen i samhällsplanering. 


Under vårterminen 2018 är jag ansvariglärare för två kursmoment på Samhällsplanerarprogrammet:

  • Planeringssystem och planeringsinstrument
  • Samhällsvetenskaplig teori och metod

Och under höstterminen 2018 undervisar jag på två kursmoment på Masterprogrammet i samhällsplanering

  • Teoretiska perspektiv på samhällsplanering
  • Planeringspraktiker i städer och regioner


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Akademiska uppdrag



I urval från Stockholms universitets publikationsdatabas
  • 2018. Lukas Smas, Peter Schmitt.

    Plans and other planning instruments that are used to mediate and regulate spatial development are fundamental for the operation of spatial planning systems, and for defining them, as well as pursing spatial planning objectives. This paper is based on an extensive comparative study of spatial planning systems in Europe (ESPON COMPASS), which included a review of spatial planning instruments that are used to mediate competition over the use of land, to allocate rights of development, to regulate change and to promote preferred spatial and urban form. Over 250 spatial planning instruments in 32 different European countries were identified by national experts. The results show a diverse pattern with strong differences in regard to the instruments' characteristics (e.g. visionary, strategic, framework or regulative) at different policy levels (national, regional and local) even between countries that have been grouped together within similar types or traditions in earlier studies. Furthermore, many individual planning instruments are often expected to combine several functions, e.g. they are expected to simultaneously be, in different combinations; visionary and agenda setting, providing strategic and long-term coordination, establishing policy frameworks for other plans and decisions, and/or be regulatory including legally binding land use commitments. Many planning instruments might thus be understood as 'multi-purpose tools'. Based on this review and analysis we offer empirically derived typologies and conceptualizations of spatial planning instruments that provide a different image of spatial planning systems across Europe compared to earlier studies, and as such gives insights in what directions spatial planning in Europe is moving.

  • 2017. Moa Tunström, Lukas Smas. Urban utveckling och interaktion, 145-164
  • 2016. Peter Schmitt (et al.). Smart me up! How to become and how to stay a Smart City, and does this improve quality of life?, 1003-1007

    In this paper we discuss findings of our case study on the making and implementation of the exhibition 'Experiment Stockholm' in 2015, which, based on artistic exhibits as well as a number of forums, aimed at generating creative narratives for the sustainable urban future in the Swedish capital city-region. Our analytical framework is informed by the emerging notion of 'urban living labs' across Europe as well as 'communicative' and 'actor-relational' planning theory', which is discussed in another paper within the poceedings of this conference (cf. Schmitt et al. 2016). We argue that the exhibition 'Experiment Stockholm' and the activities around it can be characterised as a soft mode of urban governance that can help to unlock creativity and to open up avenues for experimentation and alternative solutions in urban planning. However, caution must be taken to not overvalue such approaches, as our example implies a rather exclusive expert forum instead of a a mode of governance that might be associated with openness and wider engagement. In addition, our example illustrates the significance of suitable and unconventional methods, which otherwise considerably limits the innovative capacity of the participating stakeholders and their search for alternative solutions.

  • 2012. Lukas Smas. Hotel spaces, 73-80
  • Bok (red) Hotel spaces
    2012. Lukas Smas.
  • 2010. Lukas Smas. Nätverk och skuggstrukturer i regionalpolitiken, 25-30
  • 2009. Lukas Smas. Cultural Quarters and Urban Transformation, 280-303
  • Avhandling (Dok) Transaction Spaces
    2008. Lukas Smas (et al.).

    Consumption forms and is formed by the city. How, when and where commodities are transacted is essential in this urban drama of mutual relationships. This thesis explores how consumption and everyday life in cities are interrelated. The specific objective is to analyse how commodity transaction situations are configured and constrained in time and space, and, how consumer service spaces are formed in and are part of city formation. Transactions are conceptualised as economically and socially situated material projects constituted by consumers, commodities and producers. Commodities and values are transferred and created through transaction spaces. The theoretical perspective is framed around consumption and production of spaces, and particularly informed by Hägerstrand’s time-geographical thinking and Lefebvre’s work on urban space. Methodologically different examples of consumption projects and spaces are used to discuss configurations and formations for commodity transactions.

    The thesis stresses material and time-spatial constraints for commodity transaction and it discusses the blurring of boundaries between what conventionally has been separate social and economic activities and places. Changing transaction configurations and the formation of consumer service spaces in the city are explored through analysis of different consumption places and commodities such as books, coffee and clothes and property development projects in Stockholm city centre. Transaction configurations display geographical and historical continuities and changes as well as time-spatial flexibility and spatial fixity. Transactions spaces are continuously formed and reformed through processes embedded in the global cultural economy, urban development and politics, as well as through people’s everyday life. Producers’ strategic production and consumers’ tactical appropriation of transactions spaces are accentuated as crucial in the spatial practice of transactions, places and city formation.

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Senast uppdaterad: 11 juli 2018

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