Tom Mels

senior lecturer at Department of Social and Economic Geography

+4618-471 8351+46-498 108351
Visiting address:
Campus Gotland, Cramérgatan 3
621 57 Visby
Postal address:
Uppsala universitet, Campus Gotland
621 67 Visby

Short presentation

My research is concerned with gaining critical reflexive knowledge about power, justice and the politics of nature and landscape. Current empirical interests include modernity and nature conservation in Sweden; Power and cultural geographies of land reclamation on Gotland 1850-1950; Critical assessments of wind power planning. I currently teach several courses on environmental justice, globalization and resource geographies. I coordinate the undergraduate planning program on Campus Gotland.

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My courses


Fil.dr (PhD) in Human Geography (Lund University, 1999); Assistant Professor at Lund University and Malmö University (1999-2000); Assistant Professor of Human Geography at Kalmar University (2000-2009); Postdoc University College Dublin (2001-2002); Docent (Associate Professor) of Human Geography (Lund University, 2009); Associate Professor of Human Geography at Gotland University (September 2009-2013); Guest lecturer at Stockholm University 2009-2012; Associate Professor of Human Geography at Uppsala University(Campus Gotland) 2013-currently.

My research has appeared in journals such as Antipode, Cultural Geographies, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, Landscape Research, Journal of Historical Geography, and Geografiska Annaler. I am associate editor of Landscape Research (Routledge/Taylor Francis) and a member of the editorial board of Cultural Geographies (Sage).


Incomplete list of publications:

Mels, Tom (2012) ‘Nationalparker, kapitalisme, og natursyn i Sverige’. In Keld Buciek (ed) Kritiske poerspektiver på national- og naturparker Frydenlund, Frederiksberg.

Mels, Tom and Mitchell, Don (2012) ‘Landscape and Justice’. In James Duncan, Nuala Johnson, Richard Schein (eds) A Companion to Cultural Geography. Blackwell, Oxford.

Mels, Tom (2012) ‘Emplacing landscape in Sweden’. In Bruns, Franke, Kühne (eds) Landschaften: Theorie, Praxis und Internationale Bezüge. Oceano-Verlag, Schwerin.

Mels, Tom (2013) ’Globalism, particularism and the greening of neoliberal energy landscapes’. In Bradley, Karin Green Utopianism: practices and perspectives. Taylor and Francis/Routledge, New York. 165-179.

Mels, Tom & Germundsson, Tomas (eds. 2013) Figures in the revolutionary landscape: an introduction Geografiska Annaler B: Human Geography 94:3

Mels, Tom (2014) Primitive accumulation and the production of abstract space: 19th-century mire reclamation on Gotland Antipode 46:4 1113-1133

Mitchell, Don & Mels, Tom (2015) ’From Gotland to Youngstown: The Indissoluble Link between Landscape and Justice’. In M. Elen Deming Finding Center: Studies in Landscape and Values. Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge, LA. 230-255.

Mels, Tom (2015) ‘Environmental discourse’. In Richardsson, Dough et al. (eds) The International Encyclopedia of Geography, Wiley-Blackwell and the Association of American Geographers.

Mels, Tom (2016) The trouble with representation: Landscape and Environmental Justice', Landscape Research 41:4, 417-424.

Mels, Tom (2017) ‘Existentialism’. In Douglas Richardson, Noel Castree, Michael F. Goodchild, Audrey Kobayashi, Weidong Liu, and Richard A. Marston Richardsson (eds) The International Encyclopedia of Geography, Wiley-Blackwell and the Association of American Geographers. 6 pages.

Mels, Tom (2018) ’Rumsliga metoder’. In Svanqvist, Yvonne & Martin Gustafsson (red.) Metod Guide för historiska studier (Lund, Studentlitteratur,) 275-304.

Olwig, Kenneth R. & Tom Mels (2018) ’Ideology.’ In Kitchin, Rob & Nigel Thrift (eds) International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, second edition.

Mels, Tom (2018) ‘Landscape Interpretation.’ In Warf, Barney (ed) Oxford Bibliographies in Geography. New York: Oxford University Press.


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