I am an urban planner specialized in sustainable urban development, culture and project and process management. I have worked with placemaking projects within municipalities in Sweden. At the moment I am working as a Coordinator of sustainable urban development at the archipelago municipality Österåker in the Stockholm region. I focus on making sure that sustainability is taken into account in the hole urban planning process. Place identity is one of the important aspects in the municipality´s sustainability work. At the moment I am trying to find a good way to incorporate placemaking into our planning processes.
During my spare time I engage in creative placemaking and arrange activities for Placemaking Europe in Stockholm, Sweden. I believe that including citizens in the redevelopment processes of their area and giving them tools to influence how it will turn out can lead to greater results and strengthen the community. Participation in culture and art activities is a fun and easy way to engage citizens' in the development of their city and a way to work with social sustainability. This approach to urban planning made me get into placemaking and I am especially interested in the social benefits of the process. How social innovations and cultural expressions in public places can be used in these processes, and contribute to the creation of more inclusive (social) and sustainable cities.