Department of Spatial Planning, TIFP

Department of Spatial Planning

The Swedish School of Planning

The Department of Spatial Planning is one of six departments at the Faculty of Engineering.

Head of Department: Peter Schlyter
Vice head of the Department: Bertil Malmström
Study Advisor: Birgitta Hallqvist
Department and project coordinator: Annica Skytt:

Spatial planning is about  the use of land, water and the built environment based on aesthetic, social, ecological and socio-economics aspects.

Our mission is to work to ensure that high-quality research and education is conducted within our area of ​​activity and to promote the department’s collaboration with the surrounding society. We are located in the province of Blekinge in southeast Sweden and have our premises in modernized barracks buildings on Campus Karlskrona just north of Karlskrona’s center.


The research activities are oriented toward the study of changes and mutations that occur in the interaction between humans and their social and physical environments. Consequently, research in the area has a wide disciplinary breadth.

Research activities within the research field consist of four research lines. The research lines have all an emphasis on planning for sustainability and urban development:

Inclusive urban design and urban morphologies
This research line addresses the morphogenesis of urban forms and the configurations of urban patterns, and their mutation through time. Through this morphological perspective principles and frameworks for urban development are set up with the purpose of achieving more sustainable built environment. The researchers advocate an inclusive and participative conception of planning and urban design.

Planning processes and power relations
This research line addresses planning processes for sustainable development and the related power relations and decision-making. The research in this line develops a critical reading and analysis of the municipal comprehensive planning processes. It investigates the current strategies, trends and status of land use and spatial planning which target the development of sustainable built environment.

Spatial relations and processes in planning and built environment
This research area adopts a socio-material perspective on subjectivity, power and spatial practices are enacted and experienced in and by planning and the built environment. The mutual influences between 1) visions, ideas and intentions, 2) material space, and 3) experiences, are investigated. Focus is on relations, processes and decision-making analysis, contemporary and historical.

Environmental planning processes
This research line addresses spatial planning from a broad range of perspectives, e. g environmental, law and technology. Complexity and dilemmas of the planning processes are dealt with in a social, spatial and legislative context. New technologies and the emergence of environmental considerations in large-scale planning projects are also addressed.

Read more about our research: Planning and built environment


The education is given at bachelor and advanced level. The bachelor’s program, has a greater breadth with certain specializations in the core area for spatial planning in particular, ie detailed and general planning. The education at the advanced level is given in two master’s programs, one with a focus on urban planning and the other with a focus on strategic spatial planning at a general and regional level.

Program and courses Autumn 21


As a student at the Department of Spatial Planning, you have the opportunity to place part of your education abroad. You can then study in a new academic environment, a chance to study specific courses that are not given at BTH and get new perspectives within your subject area. In addition, it is a great opportunity to gain international experience, improve your language skills and increase your understanding of other countries’ cultures and societies. This is also often seen as a merit by future employers.

For more information please contact: Annica Skytt, telefon +46 709806826 , e-post:

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