Lisa Hansson

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Hansson is professor of Urban and Regional Planning.

Hansson has an academic profile based in Human Geography/ Urban planning and Development (2003, Karlstad University and Gothenburg University), Political Science/Public Administration (MSc 2005, Gothenburg University) and Science and Technology Studies (PhD 2011, Linköping University).

She has had academic positions at Linköping University, Molde University and VTI, the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute. Hansson has also worked with regional development at The Government of Sweden, Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation and at The Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth.

Hansson’s main research is related to the transport sector:

  • Governance of sustainable transitions. Today governments seek to use network governance to address climate change and develop policies that aim for sustainable transitions and smart mobility solutions. Hansson's main work relates to transport planning and decision making in urban areas and socio-technical co-production of services.  
  • Conditions for planning and decision-making in the light of competitive tendering regulation. In her early work (PhD thesis) Hansson examined the political-administrative dimension in public transport tendering processes, and has since then continued to work on central issues related to politics-accountability-contract design.
  • Transport policy and governance (theory development). With a background from political science, Hansson work with incorporating general theories/concepts from the political science discipline into the transport research field. This is a response to the economic-technical discourse that has shaped the understanding of policy in the transport society.

Hansson's main work is on the transport sector, however, Hansson did her post doc. on reform changes in the health sector and she has continued some work within this sector as well, focusing on coordination/multi-level governance.

Key words:

  • Transport Policy and Governance
  • Sustainable Transport/Mobility  
  • Socio-technical Change (Transport/Energy)

Externally funded projects (ongoing):

Teaching study year 20/21:

  • ADM725 Urban Governance and Sustainable Development (MA-level) 
  • ADM730 Future (Smart) Cities (MA-level)
  • TRA500 European Transport Policy (BA-level)

Hansson welcomes Master- and Ph.D. proposals related to sustainable mobility, smart mobility, urban development and planning, socio-technical change, transport policy.


  • Hansson, Lisa & Straume, Solveig (2021). Jentebevisst byplanlegging – aktivitet, inkludering og trygghet i byrommet. In Longvanes, Leif Jostein; Bjørhusdal, Eli; Fossøy, Joar; Sekkingstad, Dorthea & Årethun, Torbjørn (Ed.), Stadutvikling : Fjordantologien 2021 . Universitetsforlaget. ISSN 9788215053349. p. 46–65. doi: 10.18261/9788215053349-2021-03.
  • Hansson, Lisa (2021). Transport policy and governance. In Vickerman, Roger (Eds.), International Encyclopedia of Transportation. Elsevier. ISSN 9780081026717. p. 73–76. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-08-102671-7.10616-5.
  • Marcucci, Edoardo; Gatta, Valerio; Le Pira, Michela; Hansson, Lisa & Bråthen, Svein (2020). Digital twins : a critical discussion on their potential for supporting policy‐making and planning in urban logistics . Sustainability. ISSN 2071-1050. 12(24), p. 1–15. doi: 10.3390/su122410623.
  • Hansson, Lisa (2020). Visual representation in urban transport planning : Where have all the cars gone? Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice. ISSN 0965-8564. 133(March), p. 1–11. doi: 10.1016/j.tra.2019.11.027.
  • Hansson, Lisa (2019). Public administrators’ roles in the policy adaptation of transport directives : how knowledge is created and reproduced. Transport Policy. ISSN 0967-070X. 98(November), p. 208–216. doi: 10.1016/j.tranpol.2019.10.008.
  • Hansson, Lisa & Torsteinsen, Harald (2019). Providing ’hard’ local government services in a multi-level, multi-actor system. Scandinavian Journal of Public Administration. ISSN 2001-7405. 23(2), p. 3–11. Full text in Research Archive
  • Lieberherr, Eva; Hansson, Lisa; Leiren, Merethe Dotterud & Schmid, Jonas (2019). Adapting accountability and emerging challenges : contracting-out in the transport sector in Switzerland, Norway and Sweden. Scandinavian Journal of Public Administration. ISSN 2001-7405. 23(2), p. 57–77. Full text in Research Archive
  • Hansson, Lisa & Nerhagen, Lena (2019). Regulatory measurements in policy coordinated practices : the case of promoting renewable energy and cleaner transport in Sweden. Sustainability. ISSN 2071-1050. 11(6), p. 1–18. doi: 10.3390/su11061687.
  • Hansson, Lisa & Weinholt, Åsa (2018). New Frontline Actors Emerging from Cross-Sector Collaboration: Examples from the Fire and Rescue Service Sector. Public Organization Review. ISSN 1566-7170. 19(4), p. 519–539. doi: 10.1007/s11115-018-0416-8.
  • Hansson, Lisa & Holmgren, Johan (2018). Cost effect of reorganising : a study of special transport services. Research in Transportation Economics. ISSN 0739-8859. 69(September), p. 453–459. doi: 10.1016/j.retrec.2018.04.008.
  • Hansson, Lisa & Aarseth, Turid (2017). Sosial kapital i kommunens møte med flyktninger. In Andersen, John Roger; Bjørhusdal, Eli; Nesse, Jon Gunnar & Årethun, Torbjørn (Ed.), Immateriell kapital. Fjordantologien 2017. Universitetsforlaget. ISSN 9788215028163. p. 31–48. doi: 10.18261/9788215028163-2017-02.
  • Hansson, Lisa & Holmgren, Johan (2017). Reducing dependency on special transport services through public transport. Transportation Research Procedia. ISSN 2352-1465. 25, p. 2450–2460. doi: 10.1016/j.trpro.2017.05.263.
  • Wikström, Martina; Hansson, Lisa & Per, Alvfors (2016). Investigating barriers for plug-in electric vehicle deployment in fleets. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment. ISSN 1361-9209. 49(December), p. 59–67. doi: 10.1016/j.trd.2016.08.008.
  • Wikström, Martina; Eriksson, Linnea & Hansson, Lisa (2016). Introducing plug-in electric vehicles in public authorities. Research in Transportation Business and Management (RTBM). ISSN 2210-5395. 18(March), p. 29–37. doi: 10.1016/j.rtbm.2016.01.009.
  • Tennøy, Aud; Hansson, Lisa; Lissandrello, Enza & Næss, Petter (2016). How planners' use and non-use of expert knowledge affect the goal achievement potential of plans : Experiences from strategic land-use and transport planning processes in three Scandinavian cities. Progress in Planning. ISSN 0305-9006. 109(October), p. 1–32. doi: 10.1016/j.progress.2015.05.002. Full text in Research Archive
  • Hansson, Lisa (2015). Flexible Rural Service Provision: Barriers and Possibilities. In Bernhard, Iréne (Eds.), Regional development in an international context: Regional, national, cross border and international factors for growth and development: Revised papers presented at the 18th Uddevalla Symposium, 11–13 June, 2015, Sønderborg, Denmark. Högskolan Väst. ISSN 978-91-87531-17-0. p. 267–282.
  • Wikström, Martina; Hansson, Lisa & Alvfors, Per (2015). An End has a Start – Investigating the Usage of Electric Vehicles in Commercial Fleets. Energy Procedia. ISSN 1876-6102. 75, p. 1932–1937. doi: 10.1016/j.egypro.2015.07.223.
  • Hansson, Lisa & Wihlborg, Elin (2015). Constructing an active citizen online - a case study of blogs of medical histories in public healthcare in Sweden. International Journal of Public Information Systems. ISSN 1653-4360. 11(1).
  • Wikström, Martina; Hansson, Lisa & Alvfors, Per (2014). Socio-technical experiences from electric vehicle utilisation in commercial fleets. Applied Energy. ISSN 0306-2619. 123. doi: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2014.02.051.
  • Hansson, Lisa & Longva, Frode (2014). Contracting accountability in network governance structures. Qualitative Research in Accounting and Management. ISSN 1176-6093. 11(2), p. 92–110. doi: 10.1108/QRAM-04-2014-0032.
  • Hansson, Lisa (2013). Hybrid steering cultures in the governance of public transport – a successful way to meet demands? Research in Transportation Economics. ISSN 0739-8859. 39(1), p. 175–184. doi: 10.1016/j.retrec.2012.06.011.
  • Næss, Petter; Hansson, Lisa; Richardson, Tim & Tennøy, Aud (2013). Knowledge-based land use and transport planning? Consistency and gap between ‘state-of-the-art’ knowledge and knowledge claims in planning documents in three Scandinavian city regions. Planning Theory & Practice. ISSN 1464-9357. 14(4), p. 470–491. doi: 10.1080/14649357.2013.845682. Full text in Research Archive
  • Hansson, Lisa (2012). In search of sustainability: examining the variation in a national planning model when applied to different urban transport projects. In Longhurst, James W. S. & Brebbia, Carlos Alberto (Ed.), Urban transport XVIII : urban transport and the environment in the 21st century. WIT Press. ISSN 978-1-84564-580-9. p. 457–467.
  • Hansson, Lisa (2012). The private whistleblower: defining a new type of role in the public procurement system. Business and Politics. ISSN 1369-5258. 14(2). doi: 10.1515/1469-3569.1406.
  • Hansson, Lisa (2011). Negativt entreprenörskap – fallet upphandling. In von Bergmann-Winberg, Marie-Louise & Wihlborg, Elin (Ed.), Politikens entreprenörskap – kreativ problemlösning och förändring. Liber. ISSN 978-91-47-09469-1. p. 194–213.
  • Hansson, Lisa (2011). The tactics behind public transport procurements: an integrated actor approach. European Transport Research Review. ISSN 1867-0717. 3(4), p. 197–209. doi: 10.1007/s12544-011-0057-2.
  • Hansson, Lisa & Holmgren, Johan (2011). Bypassing public procurement regulation: a study of rationality in local decision making. Regulation & Governance. ISSN 1748-5983. 5, p. 368–385. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-5991.2011.01110.x.
  • Hansson, Lisa (2010). Solving procurement problems in public transport: Examining multi-principal roles in relation to effective control mechanisms. Research in Transportation Economics. ISSN 0739-8859. 29(1), p. 122–132.
  • Hansson, Lisa (2008). Spela med tiden - kommunalpolitiska strategier för att nå inflytande i trafikfrågor. In Brusman, Mats; Friberg, Tora & Summerton, J. (Ed.), Resande, planering, makt. Arkiv Förlag. ISSN 9789179242152.

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  • Haugen, Kjetil K.; Solberg, Harry Arne; Sætre, Irene Lange; Loktu, Morten; Guvåg, Bjørn & Owren, Brynjulf [Show all 17 contributors for this article] (2022). Fra toppen av Haugen : årets vinner er fra NTNU. Panorama : nettavis for Høgskolen i Molde.
  • Sørensen, Claus Hedegaard; Hansson, Lisa & Rye, Tom (2021). Medborgarnas roll i transportpolitiken och i omställningen mot ett hållbart transportsystem, På väg mot hållbar omställning? : kunskap, makt och mening i nationell transportplanering. Linnefors förlag. ISSN 978-91-88651-12-9. p. 114–122.
  • Haugen, Kjetil K.; Strandhagen, Jan Ola; Solberg, Harry Arne; Kringstad, Morten; Owren, Brynjulf & Hansson, Lisa [Show all 15 contributors for this article] (2020). Fra toppen av Haugen : svensk norgesmester i verdensklasse. Panorama : nettavis for Høgskolen i Molde.
  • Hansson, Lisa (2019). Regulatory standard setting for emerging technologies – the case of autonomous vehicles in Sweden and Norway .
  • Hansson, Lisa (2019). Administrators’ Roles in the Policy Adaptation of Transport Directives: How Knowledge is Created and Reproduced .
  • Haugen, Kjetil K.; Bøyum-Folkeseth, Linda; Hansson, Lisa; Halse, Lise Lillebrygfjeld; Guvåg, Bjørn & Vik, Erlend [Show all 8 contributors for this article] (2019). Fra toppen av Haugen : Linda tok gullet! Panorama : nettavis for Høgskolen i Molde.
  • Hansson, Lisa (2017). The role of artifacts in urban transport planning – where have all the cars gone?
  • Hansson, Lisa & Holmgren, Johan (2017). Cost effect of reorganizing – a study of special transport services.
  • Hansson, Lisa & Holmgren, Johan (2016). God kollektivtrafik för minskat färdtjänstberoende.
  • Hansson, Lisa & Nerhagen, Lena (2016). Implementing regulatory measures in Sweden: on policy making traditions and the (non) use of regulatory impact assessment.
  • Hansson, Lisa (2016). Kontrakt som politiskt styrmedel.
  • Hansson, Lisa & Holmgren, Johan (2016). Reducing dependency on special transport services through public transport.
  • Hansson, Lisa; Leiren, Merethe Dotterud & Lieberherr, Eva (2015). Liberalization and accountability adaptation: Insights from the water and transport sectors.
  • Hansson, Lisa (2015). Flexible rural public service provision - new perspectives and barriers.
  • Hansson, Lisa; Wihlborg, Elin & Örnerheim, Mattias (2014). Bypassing Multi-level governances by Consumer Choices – the case of patients’ rights in the Swedish Health Care System.
  • Hansson, Lisa & Weinholt, Åsa (2014). Collaborative practices at local government level: examples from the emergency response sector.
  • Hansson, Lisa; Lissandrello, Enza; Longva, Frode; Næss, Petter; Richardson, Timothy Kevin & Svensson, Tomas (2013). A Scandinavian public transport model? A comparative study of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden.
  • Hansson, Lisa & Longva, Frode (2013). Contracting accountability in Multi-level Networks.
  • Hansson, Lisa (2013). Policyskapande genom konsultokrati och branschlobbyism.
  • Hansson, Lisa (2012). In search of sustainability: examining the variation in a national planning model when applied to different urban transport projects.
  • Hansson, Lisa (2012). Contracting Accountability.
  • Hansson, Lisa (2011). Hybrid steering cultures in the governance of public transport – a successful way to meet demands.
  • Hansson, Lisa (2009). Managing Problems in Public Procurement of regional bus transport involved in an EU infringement process.
  • Hansson, Lisa (2007). Perspektiv på tid- diskussion om hur man kan studera politiskt beslutsfattande i kollektivtrafikfrågor.
  • Hansson, Lisa (2007). Tid och infrastrukturella beslutsprocesser.
  • Wihlborg, Elin; Hansson, Lisa & Örnerheim, Mattias (2017). Implementering av patientlagstiftning : En lång resa från goda intentioner till nya förhållningssätt i vårdvardagen. Linköping University Electronic Press.
  • Ihs, Anita; Bolling, Anne; Hansson, Lisa; Hedström, Ragnar & Sörensen, Gunilla (2014). Säkerhet vid väg- och spårarbete. En Intervjustudie. Statens väg- och transportforskningsinstitut. ISSN 0347-6030.
  • Hrelja, Robert; Hansson, Lisa; Richardson, Timothy Kevin; Svensson, Tomas; Lissandrello, Enza & Næss, Petter [Show all 8 contributors for this article] (2013). Innovations for sustainable public transport – Experiences and challenges in the Scandinavian counties. Statens väg- och transportforskningsinstitut. ISSN 0347-6030.
  • Aretun, Åsa & Hansson, Lisa (2012). Ekonomiska styrmedel för en hållbar personbilstrafik - konsekvenser för tillgänglighet. Statens väg- och transportforskningsinstitut.
  • Hansson, Lisa (2011). Public Procurement at the Local Government Level – Actor roles, discretion, and constraints in the implementation of public transport goals. Linköping University. ISSN 0282-9800.
  • Nordbakke, Susanne Therese Dale & Hansson, Lisa (2009). Mobilitet og velferd blant bevegelseshemmede - bilens rolle. Transportøkonomisk institutt. ISSN 0808-1190.

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