Jansson's research concerns the spatial organization of (economic) activities, spatially and socially embedded processes (e.g. knowledge, creativity) and how technology alter dynamics of distance/proximity.
New book out now (2021): Culture, creativity and economy: Collaborative practices, value creation and spaces of creativity (https://www.routledge.com/Culture-Creativity-and-Economy-Collaborative-Practices-Value-Creation/Hracs-Brydges-Haisch-Hauge-Jansson-Sjoholm/p/book/9781032053271)
Akademiska meriter: Docent
Nyckelord: digitalization economic geography cultural industries embeddedness knowledge flows
Johan Jansson is an associate professor (universitetslektor/docent) at the Department of Social and Economic Geography at Uppsala University.
On a general level, Jansson's research concerns the spatial organization of (economic) activities, spatially and socially embedded processes (e.g. knowledge, creativity, values) and how technology alter dynamics of distance/proximity and thus changes social and economic interactions. More specifically, his research concerns questions related to how, for example, new technologies (digitalization) are changing the spatial conditions for localization, as well as the social embeddedness of knowledge flows, value-creating processes for production, consumption and intermediaries. Theoretically and conceptually these studies are framed through agglomerations, local-global linkages, knowledge and knowledge flows, creative (urban) milieus and processes of values e.g. quality, (place) branding, curation and entrepreneurship. Empirically his focus is on for example different cultural industries (e.g. music, theater, arts, design), the internet industry, local milieus, urban and regional development. Primarily he uses qualitative methods such as interviews, observations, secondary material and qualitative data analysis.
Johan is involved in planning, administrating and teaching at various courses at the Department of Social and Economic Geography (undergraduate, master and PhD level) and the Masters Program in Socio-Technical Systems Engineering as well as supervising students at undergraduate and PhD levels.
Johan has experience in leading and coordinating research projects.
Additionally, Johan does talks and presentations at conferences, events and other contexts.
- “Innovating funerals and funeral rites in Sweden” (funded by Circus/Uppsala University 2020). Funeral rituals and traditions are in a continuous state of flux. Only in recent weeks the Corona pandemic and the call for social distancing have given rise to new funeral-related needs and rituals. On a more long-term basis, increased individualization and diversity have influenced how we are buried and how processes relating to funerals are implemented. The starting point for this project is to develop interdisciplinary research with the aim to study societal phenomena and institutions (e.g. the capitalist market, the bureaucratic state, families, democracy and religion) affecting how funeral rituals change over time as well as how actors (funeral directors, the Swedish church, freelance celebrants etc.) are handling and developing these changes. Above all, the project will primarily focus on three major societal changes in Sweden that in many ways alter our view of and need for funeral rites: increased diversity and individualization as well as digitalization.
- “Creative and entrepreneurial edges: Creativity, entrepreneurship, and business networks on the edge and periphery of Sweden” (funded by Handelsbanken Jan Wallanders och Tom Hedelius Stiftelse Tore Browaldhs Stiftelse (2020 - ). Economic geography has long recognized and theorized the importance of urbanization and location economies. This program contributes to a growing body of theory and empirics that attempt to nuance and challenge this orthodoxy. The overall aim is to investigate and conceptualize what ‘edge’ neighborhoods, networks and creativity mean for economic competitiveness and sustainability in Sweden. The project empirically investigates Swedish edge phenomena that whilst shaped by inward investments and outside influences may also be said to be rooted in isolation, independence and endogenous networks. The cases are examples that are peripheral both in a topographical sense (i.e. at the edge of a region) and a topological sense (i.e. at the edge of a network). First, we aim to highlight how being peripheral does not necessarily mean being disadvantaged or deficient and draws attention to the possibilities that networks and places on the edge may enjoy. Second, we attempt to contribute to theory in economic geography by highlighting the complexity and diversity of peripherality and by critically engaging with the idea that peripherality (and distance) can be an asset just as it can be a liability. Third, we consider how peripheral or edge networks and places add to explanations of how creative agglomerations come into being, and how actors mobilize to create the conditions for agglomerations and regional development.
- ”Managing the digital transformation of physical space” (funded by Vinnova 2019- ). In collaboration with three organizations at various stages of digital transformation - The Church of Sweden (Svenska kyrkan), Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken (SEB) and Uppsala City Theatre (Uppsala Stadsteater) - the project seeks to understand the inherent values of the physical and the digital, by considering the physical and digital as building blocks that shape interactions between human actors and their spatial conditions. The aim of the project is to provide a more elaborate understanding of factors that condition successful organizational interaction at the intersection of digital and physical space. Such knowledge would provide normative guidance for managers in their efforts to effectively lead an organization towards successful organizational interactions with their customers, members and visitors. The project is headed by the Department of Informatics and Media, and brings together researchers from different disciplines: Darek Haftor and Claes Thoren from Information Systems, Ylva Ekström and Therese Monstad from Media and Communication Studies, and Johan Jansson from the Department of Social and Economic Geography.
Past projects (selected)
- “Intermediation, place and value creation: Exploring the processes and spaces of ‘curation’” (funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond 2015-2021)
- ”Culture, creativity and economy” (Rambidrag för kulturforskning’), funded by Vetenskapsrådet 2014-2020.
- "Quality, competitiveness and regions", funded by Handelsbanken and the Jan Wallanders and Tom Hedelius Stiftelse Tore Browaldhs Stiftelse, 2011-14.
- ”I besökarens fotspår” ("Following the visitor”), funded by ‘Uppsala Innovation’ through the project ‘Verifiering för samverkan’ (‘Verification for collaboration’), 2014-2015.
- "Competitiveness through quality”, funded by The Joint Committee for Nordic Research Councils for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (NOS-HS) and the funding of Nordic Collaborative Research Projects (NORDCORP), 2009-13.
- “Creativity and Innovation in the Cultural Industries”, funded by Wallander/Hedelius Fund at Handelsbanken, 2006-09.
- ”The Image of the City - Urban Branding as Constructed Capabilities in Nordic City Regions”, funded by the Nordic Innovation Center, 2005-06.
- “Creative Directions - a framework for supporting the creative industries”, funded by the Nordic Innovation Center, 2005.
- “The Future in Design”, funded by the Nordic Industrial Fund, 2004.
- ”Behind the Music”, funded by the Nordic Industrial Fund, 2003.
- ”The Internet Industry in Central Stockholm” (thesis project) A Study of Agglomeration Economies, Social Network Relations, and Information Flows [Internetbranschen i Stockholms innerstad – En studie av agglomerationsfördelar, sociala nätverksrelationer och informationsflöden]”. Thesis project funded by Uppsa University, 2000-2005.
International refereed journal articles
Hracs, B. & Jansson, J. (2020) “Death by Streaming or Vinyl Revival? Exploring the Spatial Dynamics and Value-Creating Strategies of Stockholm’s Independent Record Shops”. Journal of Consumer Culture. Vol. 0, No. 0. pp. 1-20 (online first).
Jansson, J. (2019) “The online forum as a digital space of curation”. Geoforum. Vol. 106, No. pp. 115-124.
Jansson, J. & Hracs, B. (2018) “Conceptualizing curation in the age of abundance: the case of recorded music”. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space. Vol. 50, No. 8. pp. 1602-1625.
Jansson, J. (2014) “Temporary events and spaces in the Swedish primary art market”. Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsgeographie (The German Journal of Economic Geography). Vol. 58, No. 4. pp. 202-215.
Waxell, A. & Jansson, J. (2013) “Sound affects: Competing with quality in the Swedish hi-fi industry”. Industry & Innovation. Vol. 20, No. 4. pp. 316-335.
Jansson, J. & Waxell, A. (2011) “Quality and regional competitiveness”. Environment & Planning A. Vol 43, No. 9. pp. 2237-2252.
Jansson, J. (2011) “Emerging (internet) industry and agglomeration: coping with uncertainty”. Entrepreneurship and Regional Development. Vol. 23, No. 7-8. pp. 499-521.
Jansson, J. & Power, D. (2010) “Fashioning a global city: global city brand channels in the fashion and design industries, the case of Milan”. Regional Studies. Vol. 44, No. 7. pp. 889-904.
Power, D. & Jansson, J. (2008) “Cyclical Clusters in Global Circuits: overlapping spaces and furniture industry trade fairs”. Economic Geography. Vol. 84, No. 4. pp. 423-448.
Jansson, J. (2008) “Inside the Internet Industry: The Importance of Proximity in Accessing Knowledge in the Agglomeration of Internet Firms in Stockholm”. European Planning Studies. Vol 16, No. 2. pp. 211-228.
Power, D. & Jansson, J. (2004) “The emergence of a post-industrial music economy? Music and ICT synergies in Stockholm, Sweden”. Geoforum. Vol. 35, no. 4. pp. 425-439.
Monographs and book chapters
Hracs, B., Brydges, T., Haisch, T., Hauge, A., Jansson, J. and Sjöholm, J. (2021) “Introduciton: exploring tensions in the creative economy”. In In Hracs et al. (eds.) “Culture, Creativity and Economy: Collaborative Practices, Value Creation and Spaces of Creativity”. Routledge, Oxford.
Hracs, B., Brydges, T., Haisch, T., Hauge, A., Jansson, J. and Sjöholm, J. (eds.) (2021) “Culture, Creativity and Economy: Collaborative Practices, Value Creation and Spaces of Creativity”. Routledge, Oxford.
Jansson, J. & Gavanas, A. (2020) “The development of electronic dance music in Stockholm: Curation through translocal flows, infrastructure and resistance”. In Hracs et al. (eds.) “Culture, Creativity and Economy: Collaborative Practices, Value Creation and Spaces of Creativity”. Routledge, Oxford.
Jansson, J. & Power, D. (2017) “Ett ekonomisk-geografiskt perspektiv på intermediära processer och ’kuratorer’” in Borén, T. (ed.) ”Urban utveckling och interaktion”. Svenska Sällskapet för Antropologi och Geografi. Ymer 2017, årgång 137. pp. 111-128.
Jansson, J. & Waxell, A. (2017) “A framework for quality-based regional competitiveness” in Huggins, R. & Thompson, P. (eds.) “Handbook of Regions and Competitiveness”. Edward Elgar. Cheltenham. pp. 332-347.
Jansson, J. & Nilsson, J. (2016) “Musicians and temporary spaces: the case of music festivals in Sweden” in Hracs B., Seman M., & Virani, T. (eds.) “The Production and Consumption of Music in the Digital Age”. Routledge. New York. pp. 144-157.
Power, D., Jansson, J. & Fan, X. (2014) “Place-based brands: product origin, brand channels and global circuits” in Berg, P-O & Björner, E. (eds.) “Branding Chinese Mega-Cities: Policies, practices and positioning”. Edward Elgar. Cheltenham. pp. 220-231.
Power, D. & Jansson, J. (2011) “Constructing brands from the outside? Brand channels, cyclical clusters and global circuits” in Pike, A. (ed.) “Brands and Branding Geographies”. Edward Elgar. Cheltenham. pp. 150-164.
Power, D. & Jansson, J. (2008) ”Outside in: Peripheral cultural industries and global markets” in Bærenholdt, J. O. & Granås B. (eds.) “Mobility and Place: Enacting European Peripheries”. Aldershot. Ashgate. pp. 167-177.
Jansson, J. (2005) ”Internetbranschen i Stockholms innerstad – En studie av agglomerationsfördelar, sociala nätverksrelationer och informationsflöden” [The Internet Industry in Central Stockholm – A Study of Agglomeration Economies, Social Network Relations, and Information Flows]. Geografiska Regionstudier nr. 63. Uppsala Universitet.
Reports, popular science articles, conference papers and reviews (selected)
Ekström, Y. & Jansson, J. (2021) ”Uppsala stadsteater i digital transformation”. Report to Vinnova project ”Managing the digital transformation of physical space” 2021.
Ekström, Y., Haftor, D., Jansson, J., Monstad, T., Nyström, A., Thorén, C. & Åhman, H. (2021) En studie om att leda digitala transformationer i komplexa verksamheter: institutionella normer, fysiska rum och digitala verktyg. Report to Vinnova 2021.
Jansson, J. (2020) “Konstmuseet behöver inte stå ensamt”. UNT 2020 10 15.
Jansson, J. (2020): Review of songs from Sweden: shaping pop culture in a globalized music industry, Social & Cultural Geography, DOI: 10.1080/14649365.2020.1807715.
Jansson, J. (2020) “Debatten om konstmuseet saknar helhetsperspektiv”. UNT 2020 04 16.
Jansson, J. (2019) “The development of electronic dance music in Stockholm: translocal flows, infrastructure and resistance”. Paper presented at the 8th European Colloquium on Culture, Creativity and Economy. Basel, Switzerland. October 2019.
Jansson, J. (2019) “The role of curation in contemporary consumer markets”. Paper presented at the RGS/IBG conference in London, August 2019.
Jansson, J. (2018) “Digital spaces of curation: narrated purchases in online forums”. Paper presented at the 7th European Colloquium on Culture, Creativity and Economy. Stockholm, Sweden. October 2018.
Jansson, J. (2017) “Post-digital communities: the case of modular synthesizers”. Paper presented at the 6th European Colloquium on Culture, Creativity and Economy. London, UK. October 2017.
Jansson, J. & Hracs, B. (2017) ”Curating music in the digital age”. Economy, Governance, Culture – Working paper 1/2017.
Jansson, J. (2017) “Citadels, Cores and Confetti: Urban Festivals in the new Political Economy of the Music Industry”. Metropolitics, 5 January 2017. Review of the book “Music/City: American Festivals and Placemaking in Austin, Nashville, and Newport”. The University of Chicago Press. Chicago, by Jonathan E. Wynn.
Jansson, J. & Hracs, B. (2016) “Conceptualizing curation: a case study of recorded music in Sweden”. Paper presented at the 5:th European Colloquium on Culture, Creativity and Economy. Seville, Spain. October 2016.
Hracs, B. & Jansson, J. (2016) ”Only the strategic survive: Independent record shops in the digital age”. Economy, Governence, Culture – Working paper 1/2016.
Hracs, B. & Jansson, J. (2015) “The Economic Geographies of Independent Record Shops in the Digital Age”. Paper presented at the 4:th European Colloquium on Culture, Creativity and Economy. Florence, October 2015.
Persson, S.G. et al. (2015) “I besökarens fotspår – Pilotstudie av besöksnäringen i Uppsala län”. Uppsala Universitet. 2015. (with Sabine Gebert Persson, Karin Ågren, Mikael Gidhagen, David Sörhammar).
Jansson, J. & Nilsson, J. (2014) “Musicians and temporary spaces”. Paper presented at the 3rd European Colloquium on Culture, Creativity and Economy. Amsterdam, October 2013.
Jansson, J. (2013) “The gallery opening: The role of intermediaries and temporary spaces in the primary art market”. Paper presented at the 2nd European Colloquium on Culture, Creativity and Economy. Berlin, October 2013.
Jansson, J. (2012) “The art gallery and value creating processes: The role of intermediaries and temporary spaces in the primary art market”. Paper presented at the 1st European Colloquium on Culture, Creativity and Economy. Uppsala, October 2012.
Jansson, J. (2011) ”Kulturella näringar och lokalisering”. Gränsbrytning – Nyheter om regioner och regional utveckling i Norden. Nr. 8 2011.
Jansson, J. & Waxell, A. (2010) “Quality, space and regional competition: conceptualizing a 'quality model'”. CIND Research Paper 2010:1, Uppsala: CIND.
Jansson, J. (2010) “Emerging industries and agglomeration: Internet industry entrepreneurs coping with uncertainty”. Paper presented at the Association of American Geographers AAG annual conference in Washington, April 2010.
Jansson, J. & Power, D. (2009) “Constructing Scandinavian design – cyclical clusters in global circuits” Paper presented at the Association of American Geographers AAG annual conference in Las Vegas, March 2009 (with Dominic Power).
Jansson, J. & Power D. (2008) ”Leva på kultur - Möjligheter och utmaningar för företagare och anställda inom kulturella näringar”. CIND Research Papers 2008:1.
Power, D. & Jansson, J. (2007) “Trade fairs in global circuits: polycentric networks of temporary clusters in the furniture industry”. Paper presented at the Association of American Geographers AAG annual conference in San Francisco, April 2007.
Jansson, J. (2007) “Avoiding risk in the cultural industries: urban proximity and entrepreneur logistics”. Paper presented at ’Creativity and Innovation in the Cultural Industries Workshop, Paris 11-12 January 2007’.
Power, D., Lorenzen, M. & Jansson, J. (2006) “Nordic Design for a Global Market – Policies for developing the design industry in the Nordic Region”. Report for the Nordic Council of Ministers Department of Cultural Policy. The project was conducted in cooperation with the Nordic Innovations Centre (with Dominic Power and Mark Lorenzen).
Power, D. & Jansson, J. (2006) “Image of the City – Urban Branding as Constructed Capabilities in Nordic City Regions”. Report for the Nordic Innovation Centre (with Dominic Power).
Power, D. & Jansson, J. (2006) “Creative Directions – a Nordic framework for supporting the creative industries” . Report for the Nordic Innovation Centre.
Jansson, J. (2004) Review of “Voices from the North: New Trends in Nordic Human Geography”. European Planning Studies. Vol. 12, No. 6. pp. 906.
Jansson, J. (2004) “The Formation of Hidden Information – The geography of the Swedish Internet industry”. Paper presented at the Association of American Geographers AAG annual conference in Philadelphia, March 2004.
Power, D. et al (2004) ”The Future in Design: The competitiveness and industrial dynamics of the Nordic design industry”. Report for the Nordic Innovation Centre.
Power, D. & Jansson, J. (2003) “The emergence of a post-industrial music economy. Music and ICT synergies in Stockholm, Sweden”. Paper presented at the Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual conference, New Orleans, March 2003 (with Dominic Power)
Power et al. (2003) “Behind the Music: Profiting from Sound: A Systems Approach to the Dynamics of Nordic Music Industry”. Report for the Nordic Industrial Fund.
Jansson, J. (2001) ”Internetbranschens ekonomiska geografi – Lokal arbetsmarknad ur ett agglomerationsekonomiskt perspektiv”. Memorandum for the thesis, Department of Social and Economic geography, Uppsala University.
Jansson, J. (2000) ”Musikindustri i Malmö och Hultsfred – En studie av två lokala produktionsmiljöer” [The Music Industry in Malmö and Hultsfred – A case study of two local milieus of production]. Arbetsrapport 395, Kulturgeografiska institutionen, Uppsala universitet. (Magisteruppsats)
Jansson, J. (1998) ”Populärmusik och lokala produktionsmiljöer – Eskilstuna, en del i ett musikindustriellt produktionsnätverk” [Popular Music and local milieus of production – Eskilstuna, a part of a production network within the music industry]. Arbetsrapport 290, Kulturgeografiska institutionen, Uppsala universitet. (Kandidatuppsats)
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