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Dick Magnusson



I have a master degree (Magister) in Human Geography from Örebro University and have also a Bachelor degree in Social Geography from Växjö University.

Scientific research interest

My main scientific interests concern energy, planning, infrastructure, municipal and regional planning. 


District heating; energy; planning, grassroot initiatives

PhD project

My PhD-project aimed at analysing how regional energy systems developed in a context of weak regional planning. The project also aimed at analysing how liberalisations have influenced planning, cooperation and development of urban infrasystems in city regions. These two main questions were analysed through a case study of the Stockholm region´s district heating system. I have studied how the system developed in cooperation between municpal and regional level, how cooperations have been formed between municipalites as well as between energy companies and finally trends for the future regarding district heating. The project was carried out in the Energy Systems Program, financed by the Swedish Energy Agency.  

Publications (selection)


Magnusson, Dick (2013). District heating in a liberalized energy market: A new order? - Planning and development in the Stockholm region, 1978-2012. Diss., Linköpings Universitet.

Articles in refereed international journals

Magnusson, Dick (2012). Swedish district heating sector - A system in stagnation: Current and future trends in the district heating sector. Energy Policy volym 48, pp. 449-459.

Magnusson, Dick  (2011)  Between municipal and regional planning:  The development of regional district heating systems in Stockholm, Local Environment 16 (4), pp 319-337.


I´m teaching in Geography, GIS, Science and Technology-studies and History of Technology.


dresearch fellow

Telephone: 013-28 57 41
Fax: 013-28 44 61

E-mail: dick.magnusson@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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