Ebba Högström

Ebba Högström is Senior Lecturer in Urban Studies at the Swedish School of Planning, Blekinge Institute of Technology. She has a PhD in Planning and Decision Analysis from KTH, Stockholm and a long experience from architectural practice. Her research interests concern societal institutions, planning and architecture in a socio-material perspective with a special interest in asylum and mental health spaces. Högström is also interested in (auto)ethnographic approaches for experiencing/analysing space (e.g. mapping and walking) as well as representations. She is currently director of the Master’s programme in Urban Planning at BTH, where she teaches urban theory, planning theory, research methods and studio courses in urban planning & design. She is currently Marie Curie Research Fellow at the department of Human Geography at University of Glasgow.


Publications (since 2011)


Högström, E. (2016): ‘It used to be here but moved somewhere else’: post-asylum spatialisations – a new urban frontier?, Social & Cultural Geography, DOI: 10.1080/14649365.2016.1239753.

Berglund Snodgrass, L. & Högström, E. (under revision) What is landscape, what is space? The epistemological trap in studio education, submitted to FORMAkademisk.


Högström, E. (2017) Translating spatial experiences to design recommendations. A mission impossible? In: Nord, C. & Högström, E. (eds.) Caring Architecture – space, matter, relations. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishers.

Högström, E. (forthcoming 2018) A Tour of the Palimpsest of House of Psychiatry, Uppsala. In: Gromark, Mack, van Toorn (eds.) Rethinking the Social in Architecture. Barcelona: Actar.

Högström, E., Wangel, J. & Henriksson, G. (2013) Performing sustainable practices institutions, inertia and everyday lives, in Metzger, J. & Rader, A. (eds.), Sustainable Stockholm - Exploring Urban Sustainability in Europe’s Greenest City, Abingdon: Routledge.


Nord, C. & Högström, E. (eds.) (2017) Caring Architecture – space, matter, relations. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishers.

Engström, C.J., Högström, E. & Rostvik, M. (2014) Synergier mellan investeringar: för en tät och flerkärnig Stockholmsregion [Investment synergies: towards a dense and polynuclear Stockholm region. Stockholm: Tillväxt, miljö och regionplanering, Stockholms läns landsting.

Högström, E. & Jörgensen, R. (2013) Architecture as an agent of change. The case of school 53 in St Petersburg, in Veits, M. (ed.) Contemporary design in the social sector. New ideas for school environments, Design Platform: St Petersburg, Russia, p. 50-61.

Högström, E. (2012) Kalejdoskopiska rum: Diskurs, materialitet och praktik i den decentraliserade psykiatriska vården [Kaleidoscopic spaces: discourse, materialty and practice in decentralised mental health care]. Diss. Stockholm: Royal Institute of Technology (KTH).

Högström, E. (2011) New Meeting as Fuel, i Gordan, R. (ed.) New Urban Topologies: The Chisinau and Minsk Experience, Stockholm: Färgfabriken, p. 102-103


Högström, E. (2015) Cold and unpersonal or transparent and open to society? Unfolding future, present and past in the House of Psychiatry in Uppsala, Sweden. Paper presenteed at 16th International Historical Geography Conference, July 5-10 at RGS-IBG, London.

Berglund Snodgrass, L. & Högström, E. (2015) Stuck in the epistemologial gap! Pedagogic experiences from working with a relational space concept in a spatial planning studio. Paper presented at the Architecture in Effect Seminar ”On Theory and Method: Architects in Formation”, Feb 5-6, at KTH School of Architecture, Stockholm.

Högström, E. (2014) Narrating space. Experiences and history of psychiatric institutions. Paper presented at the Architecture in Effect Seminar ”On Theory and Method: Critical Historiography, Dec 8-9, at KTH School of Architecture, Stockholm.

Högström, E. (2014) To be or not to be a psychiatric patient? Negotiating space in and around the sofa in the waiting room. Paper presented at session The geographies of architecture, knowledge and care at RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, 2014, London.

Högström, E. & Nord, C. (2014) The geographies of architecture, knowledge and care. Session convenors, international conference, RGS-IBG, London aug 2014.

Berglund Snodgrass, L. & Högström, E. (2014) Whose landscape and whose improvement? or What is landscape and what is improvement! I can’t stand the anxiety of not knowing! - pedagogic experiences from working with a relational landscape concept in a spatial planning studio. Paper presented at Relational landscape studies of urbanisation, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Alnarp, Sweden, 12–14 June 2014.
Högström, E. (2013) Going local, coming home. Decentralising and institutionalising processes in the Swedish mental Health care 1974-1995, presentation at Deinstitutionalisation and after: Post-War Psychiatry in a Global Perspective, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK, May 9-10, 2013.

Högström, E. (2013) Kalejdoskopiska rum. Decentraliseringen av den psykiatriska vården ur ett rumsligt perspektiv, presentation at Social Science and Humanities Research Network on Social Psychiatric Care, April 15-16 2013, Umeå University.

Högström, E. (2012) Kaleidoscopic spaces. Discursive and material spatial practices in Swedish decentralised mental health care. Paper presented at the session Security and Insecurity: Experiences of Mental (Ill) Health at Royal British Geographers Annual Conference RGS-IBG, 2012 at Edinburgh University, Edinburgh.

2012 Public lecture Spatial Complexities. Relations, experiences and power in/of architecture and the built environment. Talk at Loft Project ETAGI, Nov 14th 2012; St Petersburg, Russia.

2012 Key Note Spatial complexities. Some thoughts on socio-cultural-materiality in urban contexts and Workshop Leader at New Urban Topologies, Amman, Jordan, May 2012, organised by the art center Färgfabriken in collaboration with the Swedish Institute.

2013 Commenting. Proposals of the new master plan in Kiruna, SVT Kulturnytt, 2013-01‐11.
2013 Interviewee. For the article Nytt och gammalt måste samverka by M. Ransheim, Helsingborgs Dagblad, 2013-05-10.