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Magdalena Fallde



  • Master of Social Science with a major in political science, 2005, Linköping University
  • PhD, Department of Thematic Studies – Technology and Social Change, 2011, Linköping University

Research Interests

My research focuses on local policy processes concerning energy, waste, environment and transport. My thesis “Green public transport?” analyzed policy processes where several policy sectors where involved: the transition to alternative fuels in public transport. Through case studies, the policy processes concerning the introduction of biogas in city buses in the municipalities of Linköping and Helsingborg have been studied. The study is process oriented and mainly focuses on how and why actors with their resources, interests, problem definitions and solutions, can influence policy. The results show that the processes consisted of traditional policy sectors where actors, interests and resources differed between the sectors. In addition, the thesis shows that a connection between the energy, environment and transport policy sectors has been essential for policy development.


Current projects

The post doc project, “From household waste to biogas production: Street-level bureaucrats in a municipal implementation process”, focuses on the early implementation phase when organic waste will be sorted out in the municipality of Linköping. In this ongoing waste management project, I study the municipal real estate company, their staff and households as well as politicians and civil servants in the municipal organization. In particular, I follow actors that can be understood as “street-level bureaucrats” in the process, in order to analyze how they handle and interpret political ambitions and household's everyday life demands.



Fallde, Magdalena (2011) Miljö i tanken?: Policyprocesser vid övergången till alternativa drivmedel i kollektivtrafiken i Linköping och Helsingborg 1976-2005, Linköping Studies in Arts and Science, ISSN 0282-9800; 534

Fallde, Magdalena, Flink, Mimmi, Lindfeldt, Erik, Pettersson, Karin och Wetterlund, Elisabeth. ’Bakom drivmedelstanken – perspektiv på svenska biodrivmedelssatsningar’, Arbetsnotat nr 36, Program Energisystem, Linköpings universitet, 2007


falldeResearch fellow

Telephone: 013-28 10 48
Fax: 013-28 44 61

E-mail: magdalena.fallde@liu.se

Department of Thematic Studies -
Technology and Social Change
Linköping university
SE-581 83 Linköping

Project activities


Technology and Social Change is an interdisciplinary research unit focusing on how social actors create and use technology, and how technical change is woven together with cultural patterns, daily life, politics, energy systems, learning, and the economy in history and society.

About Tema

The objective for Tema - The Department of Thematic Studies is to pursue excellent research and education at undergraduate and advanced levels relevant to society.

Child Studies
Gender Studies
Technology and social change
Environmental Change

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