Ola Johansson, PhD


BSS, Social and Economic Geography, Lund University (1994) 
MSS, Social and Economic Geography, Lund University (1996)
PhD, Geography, University of Tennessee (2004)

Office:  108A Krebs Hall

Dr. Ola Johansson is a professor of geography who joined the Pitt-Johnstown faculty in 2002, coming from the University of Tennessee. His main teaching and research focus is urban geography, particularly urban governance and policy. He also conducts research in music geography. As a native of Sweden, his regional interest is mainly Europe, and as a former Tennessee Valley Authority employee, energy geography is a secondary interest as well. At Pitt-Johnstown, Dr. Johansson teaches Earth and People (GEOG 0810), Urban Development (GEOG 0610), Urban Planning (GEOG 1610), Economic Geography (GEOG 0100), Geography of the United States (GEOG 0310), Geography of Europe (GEOG 0325), Energy, Environment and Society (GEOG 1260), and Resource Management (GEOG 1230).

Dr. Johansson also teaches a study abroad course in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, called Sustainable Cities. 

Co-authored Sound, Society, and the Geography of Popular Music,” with Thomas Bell.

Recent publications:

Pulsipher, L., Pulsipher A. and Johansson, O. 2017. World Regional Geography: Global Patterns, Local Lives. 7th Ed. New York: Macmillan.

Johansson, O. and Cornebise, M. 2016. The Pennsylvania Town 40 Years Later: Preservation and Planning in a Changing Townscape. Middle States Geographer, 49.

Johansson, O. 2016. Exploring Restaurant Review Websites as Indicators of the Entertainment City. Papers in Applied Geography, 2(4): 421-430.

Johansson, O., Gripshover, M. M., and Bell, T. L. 2016. Landscapes of Performance and Technological Change: Music Venues in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Nashville, Tennessee, pp. 114-129. In B. J. Hracs, M. Seman, T. Virani (eds.) The Production and Consumption of Music in the Digital Age. New York: Routledge.

Johansson, O. 2014. A Picture is Worth 1000 Words: The Collapse of Monument 15.029.2. FOCUS on Geography, 57(3): 135-136.

Johansson, O. and Bell, T. L. 2014. Touring Circuits and the Geography of Rock Music Performance. Popular Music and Society, 37(4): 313-337.

Johansson, O. (2013). Kent’s Sweden, or What a Rock Band Can Tell Us about a Nation. Fennia. 191(1): 40-57.

Johansson, O. (2012). Svensk rockmusik - en hybrid i världen? Swedish Rock Music: A Global Hybrid? STM-Online The Swedish Journal of Musicology - Online Edition Vol. 15.

Johansson, O. (2011). The Spatial Diffusion of Green Building Technologies: The Case of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) in the United States. International Journal of Technology Management and Sustainable Development. 10(3): 251-266.

Johansson, O. (2010). Beyond ABBA: The Globalization of Swedish Popular Music. FOCUS on Geography. 53(4): 134-141.

Johansson, O. and Cornebise, M. (2010). Place Branding Goes to the Neighborhood: The Case of Pseudo-Swedish Andersonville. Geografiska Annaler B: Human Geography, 92(3): 187-204.

Johansson, O. (2010). Form, Function, and the Development of Music-Themed Entertainment Districts in Nashville and Memphis, Material Culture, 42(1): 47-69.

Johansson, O. (2010). From Entrepreneurialism to Social Regulation: Nashville’s Business Elite and Local Education, Southeastern Geographer, 50(1): 39-57.

Johansson, O. (2010). Regulation Theory. In Warf, B. (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Geography. Sage Publications.

Johansson, O. and Bell, T. L. (Eds.) (2009). Sound, Society, and the Geographies of Popular Music. Farnham (UK): Ashgate Publishing.

Johansson, O. and Bell, T. L. (2009). Where are the New US Music Scenes? In Johansson and Bell (Eds) Sound, Society, and the Geographies of Popular Music. Farnham (UK): Ashgate Publishing.

Johansson, O. (2007). Air Emissions from Coal Transportation in the United States since the Clean Air Act Amendment of 1990, The Wisconsin Geographer, 22: 40-59.

Johansson, O. (2007). Ten People Can’t Run This City Anymore: Neoliberalism and Governance Change in Nashville Circa 1987-1999, Southeastern Geographer, 47(2): 298-319.

Johansson, O. (2007). Inter-Urban Competition and Air Transport in the Deregulated Era: The Nashville Case, Journal of Transport Geography, 15(5): 368-379.

Cornebise, M. and Johansson, O. (2006). Sweden vs. Multiculturalism: The Making of Neighborhood Identity in Chicago’s Andersonville, Bulletin of the Illinois Geographical Society, 48(1): 20-37.

Johansson, O. and Bell, T. L. (2006). Nashville. In Pillsbury, R. (Ed.) New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, Vol. 2: Geography (p. 180-182). Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.

Johansson, O. (2005). An Assessment of Urban Sprawl in the Middle States Region, 1990-2000. Middle States Geographer, 38: 14-21.