Address: Signe Tillischgatan 16, 169 73 Solna, Sweden.
Born March 29, 1943, Göteborg. Married, two daughters, six grandchildren.
Present position: Professor emeritus of human geography, Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES), Södertörn University, SE-141 89 Huddinge, Sweden.
Project leader: The influence of political territorial hierarchies on local development and relations in cross-border areas. The role of Szczecin as central place in relation to the divided Pomeranian hinterland, finished in 2014.
Member of TRATEBBB-project; Teaching religion and thinking education in the BAltic-Barents Brim , project leader Dr. Peter Strandbrink, finished in 2015/2016.
Stockholm University 66: Fil. kand (BA): Major human geography, minor political science, sociology, economics, physical geography, 1968: Fil. Lic., 1973: Fil.dr (PhD)., human geography; dissertation: Individens rumsliga beteende i ett gränsområde (Individual spatial behaviour in a boundary area). 1977: Docent, Stockholm University, 1996: Adjunct Professor, Stockholm University. 2003: Professor, Södertörn University.
Other positions (selection)
1979 – 1986 Director, Institute for English Speaking Students incl. International Graduate School, Stockholm University.
1986 - 2002 Byråchef (Director), Swedish Institute (under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs): International academic exchange, cultural relations.
2005-2006 Acting Director, CBEES, Södertörn University.
1970- 2009 Board member, vice chairman and chairman, Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography (SSAG) and several other associations.
2010 - 2017 Chair of the editorial advisory board of the Journal Baltic Worlds, Södertörn University, 2018 - member of the board.
Other appointments and activities
Active participation at scientific and academic conferences in around 26 countries. Leader of official academic and cultural delegations to several countries, mainly in Asia, and member of cultural and academic delegations to several European countries.
Publications: Språkens landskap i Europa, Om staden – en Stockholmsgeografi, Makten över marken, Över gränsen, Pommern- ett gränsfall i tid och rum (2016), co-author of Språk och skrift i Europa. In English: On the Boundary, about humans at the end of territory, Södertörn Educational Publications, 2004, editor of Crossing the border: boundary relations in a changing Europe. Baltic and East European Studies, 9, Södertörn University College, Gdansk 2006, Kaliningrad identity Baltic and East European Studies, 9, Södertörn University, co-editor of Crossings and Crosses, Borders, Educations and Religions in Northern Europe, 2015 and of Rudolf Kjellén - geopolitiken och konservatismen, 2014. Border towns in the Barents - Baltic area: Temporal and spatial characteristics, The Barents and the Baltic Sea region. : Contacts, Influences and Social Change, eds. Kari Alenius & Matti Enbuske, Rovaniemi, Studia Historica Septentrionalia, 77, 2017, 143 -168, Border regions and cross-border cooperation in Europe. A theoretical and historical approach, in E. Medeiros, ed., European Territorial Cooperation, Springer 2018, 93- 113.
Some 200 articles published in English, Swedish, German, French and some other languages. Editor of Ymer, Årsbok (Annual), Svenska sällskapet för antropologi och geografi (SSAG), 1997, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2015. Article in Ymer, Annual 2010: Swedens territorial organization: from Viking frontier to municipal reforms, pp. 15-47.
Main research interests: Urban, social and political geography, geolinguistics and the history of human geography including geopolitics.