Articles by Olof Stjernström

Olof Stjernström

Olof is an associate professor in human geography and does research on community spatial planning, population geography and political geography. Within community planning, Olof has focused on the intersection between community planning and the forest resource, property ownership and the property owners’ values and perception on the forest stakeholders and uses. The ownership privilege is a central query however ownership also have a connection to society’s view on and need for land for recreation. Olof works for the Department of Geography and Economic History at Umeå University.



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Participation in decision-making is a complex issue

The post-war era has brought with it many social changes in the Western world, not least in regard to democracy. The major trend is increased democratization and greater transparency in central societal processes such as planning and decision-making, for example in issues concerning the use of natural resources. However, this has also entailed complex challenges,…

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The forest needs to be included in the municipalities’ planning

An overarching plan that includes forest and municipal planning as well as other land-use interests is motivated, not least with thought to the possibility to understand and handle conflicts concerning the forest landscape. Municipalities establish a municipal development plan accounting for how the land within the municipality will be used, as well as plans for…

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