Short CV/Education and training

  • My background is diverse with a masters degree in urban and regional planning, a PhD in Human Geography, and professional degrees in journalism, creative writing, horticulture, as well as garden design from Sweden and the UK. I have also studied various other subjects such as philosophy of art, literature, and environmental science.

  • My broad background is reflected in my research as well as in my teaching. My interest meanders between questions of identity, place experiences, relations, communication, creative and artistic expressions, and everyday politics. I am very interested in subjective narratives and how individuals create their own spaces within the contexts they are in, but also how larger structures such as the planning rationale or politics, often contradicts the subjective and emotional landscapes of individuals.

  • My research career started as I undertook my postgraduate studies in human geography at Stockholm University in 2002. I finished my PhD in 2006, and my thesis Communicating Place. Methods for Understanding Children’s Experience of was awarded the price for ’best social science thesis’ by Högskoleföreningen (Stockholm).

  • I came to Uppsala University as a post doc, and have been working (in the following order) as an assistant professor, senior lecturer and associate professor.

Selected publications

  • Cele, S., van der Burgt, D. (2016). Children’s embodied politics of exclusion and belonging in public space. I Kirsi Pauliina Kallio, Sarah Mills, Tracey Skelton (red.) Politics, Citizenship and Rights, Singapore: Springer. 189-205

  • Cele, S. (2015). Childhood in a neoliberal utopia. Planning rhetoric and parental conceptions in contemporary Stockholm. Geografiska Annaler. Series B, Human Geography, 97(3): 233-247

  • Cele, S., van der Burgt, D. (2015). Participation, Consultation, Confusion: Professionals’ understandings of children’s participation in physical planning. Children's Geographies, 13(1): 14-29

  • van der Burgt, D., Cele, S. (2014). Barnen och stadsrummet: Relationer mellan kompetens, ålder och delaktighet. Sociologisk forskning, 51(1): 29-46

  • Cele, S. (2013). Performing the Political through Public Space: Teenage Girls' Everyday Use of a City Park. Space & Polity, Routledge. 17(1): 74-87

  • Cele, S. (2008). Winding paths in children's geographies. Geografiska Annaler. Series B, Human Geography, 90(3): 299-303

  • Cele, S. (2006). Communicating Place: Methods for Understanding Children's Experience of Place. Diss.

  • Cele, S. (2014). Performing the Political through public space:: Teenage girls's use of a city park.. I Kirsi Pauliina Kallio & Jouni Häkli (red.) The Beginning of Politics.: Youthful political agency in everyday life London: Routledge. Mer information

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • The Contradictions of Urban Gardening: Culture, Politics and Planning, since 2017

  • Identity, creative processes and geographies of fame, since 2017

  • The Urban Green and Social Sustainability, 2011 – 2016

  • Dichotomous Open Spaces: Teenage Girls’ Perceptions of Parks, 2007 – 2009

  • Communicating Place: Methods for Understanding Children’s Experience of Place, 2002 – 2006


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