I am a professor in Human Geography, working within evolutionary macro-economic geography. My research is foremost directed towards economic growth and long term regional transformation, leaving contributions to regional policy and to the understanding of welfare creation with focus on cities and regions. An auxiliary late line of my research has been in logistics, resulting in a prototype for a Swedish State of Logistics Report and an increasing interest in problems of decarbonising modern society and its transports. I’m especially interested in links between economic growth and transformation, logistics, transports and energy consumption and their present and future impacts on climate change and carbon emissions.
Current research projects
- Explaining long term growth in regions
Based on endogenous characteristics of regions, hierarchies and distances in regional systems and the systemic effects from national and international growth cycles and technology shifts – models are created to estimate expected growth in regions over time. Expected growth can be sorted out from unexpected, thereby displaying reasons for a surprising stability in regional hierarchies over long time and an understanding of mechanisms behind incremental regional change.
- Decomposing and forecasting freight transport CO2 emissions
Economic growth is considered the main factor behind freight transport work and its energy use. Thus far, however, focus has not been on the dynamic interrelations between GDP, structural change, technological factors and final effects on CO2-emissions during specific eras of economic development. Focus has been on end-state figures and randomly chosen time-periods. Growth cycle theory aims to explain the relations between GDP variations over long time and underlying economic behavior. Therefore, this research aims to find out whether this theory could contribute to the understanding of variations of GDP, freight transport work, technological investments and CO2-emissions over long time. Data is analyzed in a Shapley decomposition model.
Retrieved from Lund University's publications database
- Ett koldioxidsnålt samhälle - a low carbon society: en kortfattad kunskapsöversikt
- Godstransporter och CO2. Ett makroperspektiv
- Möjlighetsfönster står öppet
- The Dynamics of Agglomeration Externalities along the Life Cycle of Industries
- Tillväxtens cykler. Nationell omvandling och regional utveckling
- Creative destruction and economic welfare in Swedish regions: Spatial dimensions of structural change, growth and employment
- Decomposing the Technology Shift. Evidence from the Swedish Manufacturing Sector
- Evolution of Agglomeration Externalities. How Industry Life Cycles and Innovation Stages Help Explain Variations in Agglomeration Externalities
- Producer Services, Growth and Roles in Long Term Economic Development
- Svensk makrologistik. Sammansättning och kostnadsutveckling 1997-2005
- Who Needs Agglomeration? Varying Agglomeration Externalities and the Industry Life Cycle
- Creative Destruction and Economic Welfare in Swedish Regions. Spatial Dimensions of Job-Less Growth?
- Omvandlingens geografi. En studie i svensk ekonomi och regioners roller genom tre decennier
- Regional Industrial Renewal and Change: An Industry Life Cycle Framework Explaining Variations in Agglomeration Economies
- Tracking Regional Roles during the Technology Shift. Economic Transformation and Change in Regional Division of Labour in Sweden 1974-2004
- Economic Performance during a Technology Shift Process: The interacting Roles of Producer Services and Manufacturing in Regional Growth Trajectories
- Effektivitet och makrologistiska kostnader i den regionalekonomiska utvecklingen. Ny teori och nya frågeställningar inom ett etablerat forskningsområde. Skiss till forskningsplan
- Ever Renewing Regional Economies? Producer Services and Manufacturing in the Swedish System of Regions 1978-2002
- Producer Services. Boosters or Followers? An Evolutionary Approach to Producer Services and Technology Shifts in Time and Space.
Lundquist, K-J, Olander, L-O (2012), Decomposing long term regional growth. AAG Annual meeting, New York, February 2012.
Eng Larsson, F, Lundquist, K-J, Olander, L-O, Wandel, S (2011), Explaining and forecasting freight transport CO2 emissions: A decomposition model based on growth cycle theory. Paper presented at WCTR world conference on transport, July 2010, Lisbon. Published in Transport Policy 2012.