About me

Tomas Wikström Architect, Ph D, Professor

Year of birth: 1949


Mobile: +46 708 175582


E-mail: tomas.wikstrom@ymail.com


From 1 July 2010 I am a visiting professor at Urban Studies, Malmö University. Urban Studies is a new department at a fairly new university and my primary task is to help prepare the application to Högskoleverket (Swedish National Agency for Higher Education) for the permission to manage courses on master and doctorate levels. In May 2012, the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education granted Malmö University the right to award doctoral degrees in the research area Migration, urbanisation and societal change (MUSA).

Until 2010 I was a researcher and a teacher at the Department of Architecture and Built Environment. The last few years, my teaching involved lectures in selected courses, the course Theories of Architecture, the tutoring of diploma studies and the supervision of doctoral students. At Malmö University, my main task is to develop the education on Ph D level. In spring 2013, I am one of the leaders of the new introduction course for MUSA Ph D candidates (together with professor Björn Fryklund, IMER).

Whereas my early research mostly concerned practical (planning- and participation-related) problems within the field of housing modernization, the later work contributes to a theoretical discussion about space, place, public space, local contexts, everyday life, virtuality etc. Still, my theoretical work is rooted in research activities concerning the everyday experience of work and home life, in relation to architecture and new communication media.

Lately, my research to a greater extent concerns public space as seen in the “traditional” city as well as in the "new" urban landscape. Two recently finished research projects offered inspiring contexts for this development: Agora — Cities for People and The Potential of Public Space to Transgress the Boundaries of the Segregated City. I take a great interest in mobilities — as a crucial precondition for urban public life and especially the tactics of movement that allow people a certain freedom even within strictly organised spatial structures — e.g. by taking shortcuts.

Currently, I am involved in a new project, The Responsive City. I am also developing new ideas regarding mobile communities in public space.