Karin Grundström is Docent (Associate professor) in architecture with a specialisation in housing, holds a PhD in architecture and is senior lecturer in built environment/architecture.
Since my employment at the department of urban studies in 2010, my service includes research, teaching and tutoring. In my role as a teacher I lecture, lead international workshops and tutor students’ thesis work at bachelor, master and PhD level. I am the programme coordinator for the Urban Studies Master's. In my research I combine theoretical and designerly architectural approaches with theory and methods from social science and present results in verbal as well as visual forms – in research articles and in exhibitions. Theoretically, my research is based in the daily use of the built environment, in practiced and lived space and in people’s shaping of the built environment. The main subject in my research is housing; I have designed housing, I have researched housing segregation, gender perspectives on housing, gated housing and the housing preferences of privileged groups. My on going research comprise issues of how people share housing, how people appropriate public space and how spatial justice can be supported in urban planning of public space. I am a member of the executive board of the Institute for Urban Research (IUR) and I am one of the researchers in the project Shifting conceptualisations of property. I currently lead two research projects: ‘Sharing Housing in Times of Housing Inequality’ and ‘Revisiting Allmänningar and Stråk. Spatial Justice in the 21st Century Urban-Rural Land Regime’.