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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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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