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Johan has an interdisciplinary background in the humanities and social sciences with a first degree in comparative literature and art history from Stockholm University (2000) and a PhD in urban studies from University College London (2008). After completing his PhD, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Leeds and Visiting Scholar at the Graduate Center, City University New York. In 2013, he joined the Department of Geography at King’s.


  • Urban and cultural geography with regards to issues of identity and representation
  • Queer urban culture
  • Social identities in relation to religion, race, gender and sexuality
  • Cinema and the city

Johan's research interests span urban, cultural and social geography and fall broadly into three main themes: the first – urban queer culture – originates from his PhD, which examined London’s rapidly reconfiguring queer geography in the broader context of entrepreneurial urban governance and new forms of sexual citizenship. A specific focus of this research concerns the valorisation of certain forms of sexual identity in the neoliberal city and the parallel eviction of cultures less prone to commodification.

The second strand of his research consists of collaborative work in the field of geographies of religion and has focused in particular on the transnational debates over homosexuality in the worldwide Anglican Communion.

Finally, the third and most recent of his research interests concerns questions of cultural representation and political economy. This area of interest, which will form a major part of his research agenda in the next few years, has a specific focus on the interplay between urban change and aesthetic innovations in cinema.


For a full list of publications, please see Johan's research profile.


PhD supervision

Johan welcomes PhD applications broadly in the field of urban studies, but he has specific expertise in queer geographies and urban cinema.

  • Principal supervisor

James Field, 'The operation and occupation of neoliberal urban public space: a comparison of Canary Wharf, London and Potzdamer Platz, Berlin'

Sebastian Schlueter, 'Multi-religious Publics: A Comparative Study of the Dialectics between the Secular and the Sacred in Hackney (London) and Neukoelln (Berlin)'

Further details

Please see Johan's Research Staff Profile for further details.