I am a professor in Human Geography at the department of Geography, Media and Communication, Karlstad University. I am also the director of Centre for Regional Studies (CRS) https://www.kau.se/crs.
My research is based in regional studies, particularly in the intersection between economic geography and planning.
My research has mainly focused issues in relation to knowledge dynamics, regional innovation systems, regional development, transition to a sustainable bioeconomy and policies in relation to these themes. I am also engaged in work with methodological perspectives and methods of crossdisciplinary research.
Recent research projects include:
Smart industry in the regions (2017-2018) Funded by Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth
Innovation for green transition in the forest. (2017-2020) Funded by Interreg Sweden-Norway.
Cross-border ecosystem services. The forest as natural and heritage resource. (2016-2017) Funded by Interreg Sweden-Norway.
Transition to a responsible forest based bioeconomy Funded by Region Värmland and Karlstad University with 50% each as part of ”Academy for Smart Specialisation” (2016-2018)
Cross-border ecosystem services. The forest as a nature and cultural heritage resource Funded by Interreg Sweden-Norway (2016-2017)
Transition to the bio economy, smart specialisation and quadruple helix (2015) funded by Centre for Regional Studies (Karlstad University), Region Värmland and VINNOVA (The Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems) through the cluster organisation Paper Province
Paper Province 2.0 – an innovation system for a forestry based bio economy, (2014-2019) the Social Science and Humanities part of the 10 year Vinnväxt-initiative of SEK 130M (2013-2022) co funded by the Vinnväxt programme of VINNOVA (The Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems), The cluster organisation Paper Province, Karlstad University, The County Administrative Board of Värmland, The Swedish Forestry Agency and Local Authorities.
Developing cross-cutting stakeholder involvement for realizing the bio economy, (2014-2015) funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers.
I am the course director of the advanced level course "Local and Regional Development".
Education and professional qualifications
2012, Professor in Human Geography
2005, Docent (associate professor/reader)
2002, Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Birmingham, UK
1993, PhD in Human Geography, Uppsala University, Sweden
1987, Bachelor of Social Science, Uppsala University, Sweden
Formal management training
Development of Group and Leader (UGL), Gällöfsta Ledarutveckling 2012
Post-doctoral employment history
October 2010 – present: Department of Geography, Media and Communication, Karlstad University
November 2002-September 2010: Senior research fellow, Nordregio, Stockholm, Sweden (deputy director January 2009 – September 2010)
January 2008 – June 2010: Associate professor (part time) Department of Human Geography, University of Stockholm, Sweden
November 1996 – October 2002: lecturer (full time), Centre for Urban and Regional Studies, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom.
October 1995-November 1996: research fellow (full time), European Institute of Social Services, University of Kent, Canterbury, United Kingdom.
July 1994- October 1995: research fellow (full time), NORUT Social Science Research, Tromsø, Norway.
1994: January-June, research fellow (part time 50%), NORUT Social Science Research, Tromsø, Norway.
1994: January-June, lecturer (part time 50%), Dept. of Planning and Community Studies, University of Tromsø, Norway.
Grundel, I. and Dahlström, M. (2016) A Quadruple and Quintuple Helix Approach to Regional Innovation Systems in the Transformation to a Forestry-Based Bioeconomy, in Journal of the Knowledge Economy. Vol. 7, No. 4, pp. 963-983, DOI 10.1007/s13132-016-0411-7.
James, L., Vissers, G., Larsson, A. and Dahlström, M. (2016) Territorial knowledge dynamics and knowledge anchoring through localised networks: the automotive sector in Västra Götaland, Regional Studies. Vol. 50, No. 2, pp. 233-244
Hoppstadius, F. and Dahlström, M. (2015) Processes of sustainable development: ecotourism in biosphere reserves, In Journal of Environmental and Tourism Analyses. Vol. 3 No. 1, pp 5-25.
Nyberg, L, Evers, M, Dahlström, M. and Pettersson, A. (2014) Sustainability aspects of water regulation and flood risk reduction in Lake Vänern, In Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management. Vol. 17 No. 4, pp 331-340
Hermelin, B., Dahlström, M. and Smas, L. (2014) Geographies of knowledge and learning – the example of Medical Technology, Growth and Change, Vol. 45, No. 3, pp. 450-470.
Dahlström, M. and James, L. (2012) Regional policies for knowledge anchoring in European regions, in European Planning Studies. Vol. 20, No. 11, pp. 1867-1887.
Halkier, H., James, L., Dahlström, M. and Manniche, J. (2012) Knowledge Dynamics, Regions and Public Policy, Editorial, in European Planning Studies. Vol. 20, No. 11, pp. 1759-1766.
Dahlström, Margareta & Hermelin, Brita (2008) Film and regional development in Sweden. Motives and objectives for public financial support of feature film production, In Regions, No. 270, Summer 2008, pp. 6-9.
Dahlström, M and Hermelin, B (2007) Creative industries, spatiality and flexibility – the example of film production, in Norwegian Journal of Geography, Vol. 61, No. 3, pp.111-121.
Dahlström, M., Bjarnadóttir, H., Hermelin, B., Jørgensen, J., Lähteenmäki-Smith, K., Rusten, G. Skúladóttir, M. G. och Wengström, E. (2005) Film och regional utveckling i Norden, Stockholm: Svenska Filminstitutet och Nordregio. [Film and regional development in the Nordic countries]
Caffyn, Alison and Dahlström, Margareta (2005) Urban-Rural Interdependencies: Joining up Policy in Practice, in Regional Studies, Vol. 39 No. 3, pp. 283-296.
Dahlström, M. (2004) Is there a Nordic perspective on regional policy? in Regions, 254, pp. 27-30.
Caffyn, A., Dahlström, M., Spencer, K. & Rogers, S. (2002) Rural Proofing for Local Authorities, in Local Governance, Vol. 28, No. 4, 273-286.
Dahlström, M. & Nordfeldt, M. (2000) Hur kan vi förstå hemlöshet i Sverige? I Berger, S. (red.) Det nya samhällets geografi, Uppsala: Uppsala Publishing House. [’How to understand homelessness in Sweden’, in The geography of the new society]
Dahlström, M. (2000) Change and Development in the Business Services Sector: an Emerging Regional Agenda, in Bentley, G. & Gibney, J. (eds.) Regional Development Agencies and Business Change, Aldershot: Ashgate.
Dahlström, M. (1997) The production of child care services in Sweden - uneven development and local solutions, in Service Industries Journal, Vol. 17. No. 1, pp. 28-50.
Dahlström, M. (1996) Young women in a male periphery - experiences from the Scandinavian north, In Journal of Rural Studies, Vol. 12. No. 3, pp. 259-271.
Dahlström, M. (1993), Service Production. Uneven Development and Local Solutions in Swedish Child Care, Geografiska Regionstudier 26, Uppsala: Kulturgeografiska Institutionen, Uppsala universitet.