Daniel Svensson

Researcher and lecturer at Technology Management and Economics / Science, Technology and Society

Daniel Svensson holds a PhD in history and is currently a researcher and lecturer at the Division of Science, Technology and Society. His research is within the fields of history of science, sport history and environmental history. Svensson has among other things taken interest in the scientization of training methods in endurance sports (i.e. cross-country skiing), and meetings between scientific and experiential knowledge.

He also pursues research on the shifting ideas about landscape, heritage and mobility during the 19th and 20th century. Relations between movement (running, skiing, walking, herding, hunting etc.) and landscape, and how certain landscapes have been shaped by small-scale landscape use for long periods of time, are important aspects. This research about the landscape as cultural heritage relates to questions about sustainable development and the role of science in such a development.
​The engineer in society (TEK390), History of technology (CTE031)
​Learning to exercise: the role of upper-secondary schools for elite athletes in the development of training for cross-country skiing (2018-2021, funded by the Swedish Research Council for Sport Science).​

The movement heritage: paths and trails in sustainable and inclusive heritage management (2017-2019, funded by the Swedish National Heritage Board).

In the tracks of our fathers? The establishment, place and early development of Swedish upper-secondary schools for elite athletes (2017, funded by the Swedish Research Council for Sport Science).

Negotiating Pathways to Multifunctional Landscapes: A Pilot Model in the Jämtland Mountains (2016-2017, funded by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency).

Mistra Arctic Sustainable Development (2014-2018, funded by Mistra).

“Rational training”. Scientific methods of exercise in cross-country skiing (2011-2015, funded by the Swedish Research Council for Sport Science).

The movement heritage: Discrete monuments and sustainable development in the Swedish mountain range (2014, funded by the Swedish National Heritage Board and the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency).
Academic publications
Svensson, D. & Åberg, A. (2017). ‘An even colder war? Specialization and scientization in the training methods of cross-country skiing from the 1940s in Sweden and the Soviet Union’ in Vonnard, Philippe, Sbetti, Nicola & Quin, Grégory (eds.) Beyond Boycotts National, Continental and Transcontinental Sporting Relations during Cold War. Berlin: De Gruyter.

Svensson, D., Sörlin, S., Dahlberg, A., Fredman, P. & Wall-Reinius, S. (2017). ‘Walking on the Shoulders of Giants – Historical Mountain Trails as Management Tools?’ in C.M. Hall, Y. Ram & N. Shoval (eds.) The Routledge International Handbook of Walking Studies, pp 330-339. Abingdon & New York: Routledge.

Svensson, Daniel (2016). Scientizing performance in endurance sports: The emergence of ‘rational training’ in cross-country skiing, 1930-1980. Stockholm: Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan. Dissertation.

Svensson, Daniel (2016). ‘Technologies of Sportification – Practice, Theory and Co-Production of Training Knowledge in Cross-Country Skiing Since the 1950s’ in European Studies in Sports History (ESSH), vol. 9, 2016 (in press).

Svensson, D., Sörlin, S. & Wormbs, N. (2016). ‘The movement heritage – scale, place, and pathscapes in Anthropocene tourism’ in Gren, Martin and Huijbens, Edward (eds.), Tourism and the Anthropocene, London: Routledge, pp. 131-151.

Svensson, D. & Sörlin, S. (2015). ‘Science, sport and environment: the development of high-altitude training methods after 1945’, French title ‘Science, Sport et Environnement : le développement des techniques d’entraînement en altitude depuis 1945’ in Quin, Grégory and Bohuon, Anaïs (eds.), Les Liaisons Dangereuses de la Médicine et du Sport. Paris: Éditions Glyphe, pp. 195-214.

Svensson, Daniel (2014). ‘Changing tracks? The battle between natural and scientific training in Swedish cross-country skiing, 1948-1972.’, in Idrott, historia och samhälle, vol. 33, pp. 12-41 (2014: Svenska idrottshistoriska föreningen).

Svensson, Daniel (2014). ‘I fäders spår? Längdskidåkningens landskap som kulturarv’ in RIG - kulturhistorisk tidskrift, vol. 96, nr. 4, pp. 193-212.

Svensson, Daniel (2013). ‘How Much Sport is there in Sport Physiology? Practice and Ideas in the Stockholm School of Physiology at GCI, 1941–1969’ in The International Journal of the History of Sport, 30:8, pp. 892-913.

Svensson, Daniel & Sörlin, Sverker (2013). ’Rationell träning: GCI:s fysiologiska forskning i möte med samhälle och idrott’ i Bolling Hans och Yttergren, Leif (red.) 200 år av kroppsbildning: Gymnastiska Centralinstitutet/Gymnastik- och idrottshögskolan 1813-2013 (2013, Gymnastik- och idrottshögskolan), pp. 187-217.

Academic reviews
Svensson, D. (2017). Review of Routledge International Handbook of Outdoor Studies (Barbara Humberstone, Heather Prince & Karla A. Henderson, eds., Routledge, 2016), reviewed in Idrottsforum.org/Nordic sport science forum, 2017.

Svensson, D. (2017). Review of Utafor sporet: Idrett, identiteter og regionalisme i nord (Helge Chr. Pedersen and Eivind Å. Skille, eds., Oplandske Bokforlag, 2016), reviewed in Idrottsforum.org/Nordic sport science forum, 2017.

Svensson, D. (2016). Review of License to Jump! A Story of Women’s Ski Jumping (Marit Stub Nybelius and Annette R. Hofmann, eds., Beijbom Books, 2015), reviewed in Idrottsforum.org/Nordic sport science forum, 2016.

Svensson, D. (2014). Review of Stadion and Zinkensdamm: Stockholms Sporting Public During Two Centuries (Mats Hellspong, Stockholmia förlag, 2013) reviewed in Ethnologica Scandinavica, 2014, pp. 168-169.

Other publications (in selection)
Svensson, D. & Oppenheim, F. (2016). ’Göteborgska gjorde första målet för pionjärerna’, in Idrottsarvet 2016. Göteborg: Idrottsmuseet, p. 88-95.

Svensson, D. & Oppenheim, F. (2015). Etta på bollen. Historien om Öxabäcks damlag (2015, Oppenheim).

Svensson, D. (2015). ’När träningen blev rationell’ in Vasalöparen, 2015, no. 3, pp. 46-48. Mora: Vasaloppet Marknads AB.

Svensson, D. & Sörlin, S. (2015). ’Skidåkare med känsla för det rationella’ in Svensk Idrottsforskning, 24:1, pp. 18-23. Stockholm: Centrum för Idrottsforskning.

Svensson, D. (2014). ’Kriserna driver på idrottens utveckling’ in Svenska Dagbladet, 2014-03-01. Full text: http://www.svd.se/kultur/understrecket/kriserna-driver-pa-idrottens-utveckling_3318472.svd.

Svensson, D. (2014). ’Rationell träning: Vetenskapliggörandet av träning för längdskidåkning’ in SVIF-nytt, 2/2014, pp. 6-7 (2014: Svenska idrottshistoriska föreningen).

Svensson, D. (2014). ’Go’ känsla i fädrens spår?’ in Tidningen Utemiljö 7/2014, pp. 40-41. (2014: Marietorp Förlag).

Svensson, D. (2013). ’Per-Olof Åstrand: Fysiologen som förändrade träningen’ in Svensk Idrottsforskning 1/2013, pp. 6-10 (2013: Centrum för Idrottsforskning).

Svensson, D. & Oppenheim, F. (2011). Finn Forest encounters: Forest Finn attractions in Central Scandinavia (2011, Värmlands Museum).

Svensson, D. (2010). Kampen i landskapet. Om landskapssynen i Anton Santessons skrifter (2010, Göteborgs universitet).

Svensson, D. (2008). En annan verklighet. Landskapssyn i Dag Hammarskjölds texter om fjällen (2008, Göteborgs universitet).

Upcoming publications 

Published: Fri 10 Feb 2017. Modified: Fri 23 Mar 2018