Ebba Högström

Ebba Högström

Senior lecturer


Department of Spatial Planning, Room C509

+46 (0) 455-385312

Short bio

Ebba Högström is Associate Professor at the Swedish School of Planning at Blekinge Institute of Technology, Karlskrona, Sweden. She holds a PhD in Planning and Decision Analysis from KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, and a Master of Architecture from Lund University. Her research interests concern societal institutions, planning, policy and architecture with a special interest in geographies of welfare. Methodologically, she is interested in cultural mapping methods and (auto)ethnographic approaches for recover subjective experiences and for experimenting, analyzing and representing space. Ebba is also interested in  the role of the planner and the demand on planning education in a changing world.

During 2019-2022, Ebba is doing research in the Formas and Forte funded project LEX – sustainable Living Environments for people with psychiatric disabilities. Aligning housing planning and social services through eXperimental collaborative practices together with Dr. Lina Berglund Snodgrass, Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management, SLU, Dr. Maria Fjellfeldt, Health and Welfare, Dalarna University and Prof. Urban Markström, Social Work Umeå University (PI). She is also one of four senior researcher in the Forte-funded research programme COLLAGE – Collaboratively developing age-friendly communities with municipalityeldercare, spatial planning and Senior Citizens’ Councils 2021-2026. The group comprises Prof. Catharina Nord, Spatial Planning, BTH (PI) , Dr. Mats Johan Lundström, Spatial Planning, BTH and Associate Prof. Katarina Andersson, Social Work, Umeå University.

Ebba has a long pedagogical experience of developing and teaching project courses (studio courses) as well as theoretical courses e.g. urban theory, scientific theory and methods), and supervise and examine master’s theses.

Ebba is supervisor for the doctoral students Ida Nilsson (main supervisor, Andrea Gimeno Sánchez and Lei Wen. She is the BTH contact person in Viable Cities and member of the Education Committee of Swedish Association of Architects. Ebba was manager for the master’s programmer in Urban Planning (120 ECTS) during 2013-2021 and has extensive experience of architectural practice, especially in working with the conceptual stages of ideas, strategies and briefs.


Selected publications
Högström, E. (2019) ...Säger du trottoar en gång till..." Att se staden som relationer istället för ting, i Meijling, J. & Haas, T. (red). Samhällsbyggandet som mysterium. Jane Jacobs ideer och människor, städer och ekonomier. Lund. Nordic Academic Press
Berglund Snodgrass, L. & Högström, E. (2018) Planerarrollen i samtid och framtid: Kunskaper, förmågor och färdigheter. I: Nordic Journal of Architectural Research, ISSN 1236-6064, E-ISSN 1893-5281, Vol. 30, nr 3, s. 135-156
Högström, E. (2018) "It used to be here but moved somewhere else": post-asylum spatialisations – a new urban frontier? I Social & cultural geography (Print), ISSN 1464-9365, E-ISSN 1470-1197, Vol. 19, nr 3, s. 314-335
Nord, C. & Högström, E. (2017) (eds.) Caring Architecture – institutions and relational practices. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishers.
Högström, E. (2017) Translating spatial experiences to design recommendations. A mission impossible? In: Nord, C. & Högström, E. (eds.) Caring Architecture – institutions and relational practices. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishers.
Engström, C.J., Högström, E. & Rostvik, M. (2014) Synergier mellan investeringar: för en tät och flerkärnig Stockholmsregion [Investment synergies: towards a dense and polynuclear Stockholm region. Stockholm: Tillväxt, miljö och regionplanering, Stockholms läns landsting.
Högström, E. & Jörgensen, R. (2013) Architecture as an agent of change. The case of school 53 in St Petersburg, in Veits, M. (ed.) Contemporary design in the social sector. New ideas for school environments, Design Platform: St Petersburg, Russia.
Högström, E. (2011) New Meeting as Fuel, i Gordan, R. (ed.) New Urban Topologies: The Chisinau and Minsk Experience, Stockholm: Färgfabriken
Högström, E., Wangel, J. & Henriksson, G. (2013) Performing sustainable practices institutions, inertia and everyday lives, i Metzger, J. & Rader, A. (eds.), Sustainable Stockholm - Exploring Urban Sustainability in Europe’s Greenest City, Abingdon: Routledge
Högström, E. (2012) Kalejdoskopiska rum: Diskurs, materialitet och praktik i den decentraliserade psykiatriska vården [Kaleidoscopic spaces: discourse, materialty and practice in decentralised mental health care]. Diss. Stockholm: Royal Institute of Technology (KTH).
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