Thesis defence coming up: Three questions for Martin Önnerfors

Published: 2021-08-26

After completing the doctoral education PhD student Martin Önnerfors will defend his thesis 17 September. Get a quick glimpse of his thesis, experiences and near future.

Hi, Martin! You are about to defend your thesis Water for the Many: Health, neighbourhood change and equality of access during the expansion of Swedish urban water networks. In short, what is your thesis about?

"My thesis explores how physical investments in cities spread, affect, and integrate with the urban population. Specifically, I investigate how a public investment (water networks) affects health, but also if there are inequalities of access between social classes, and how an investment can affect the neighbourhoods where it is built. I focus on Swedish cities around the time of industrialisation (1870-1930), with a specific focus on Stockholm. The results show that health effects of water access are intertwined with socio-economic status, which adds a new perspective to the research field. Also, I find that the socio-economic mix in buildings and neighbourhoods is changed towards a higher status as the investment spreads. This illustrates how public investments can contribute to socio-economic segregation in cities also during industrialisation, which has not previously been shown empirically."

In three words, how would you describe your years as a PhD student at LUSEM? 


"From start to end, there was always a high workload and many things going at the same time."


"I appreciated being able to take PhD-level courses and learn from some of the best within my field."


"Seeing the final pieces of the thesis come together at the end was a great experience."

What are you up to now?

"Right now I’m applying for postdoctoral positions and am hoping to be able to continue researching  within the field of urban demography."

Thank you, Martin! Wishing you all the best!

Martin's "Spikning"

Martin traditionally nailed his thesis during the "Spikning" ceremony 26 August in the Blue Hall in EC3 at LUSEM.

More about Martin

Martin is a PhD student at Department of Economic History, LUSEM.

Martin's profile in the LU Research Portal

About Martin's defence