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Jonas Larsen is professor in mobility and urban studies at Roskilde University.
He has a long-standing interest in tourist photography, tourism and mobility more broadly. More recently, he has written extensively about urban cycling and running. He has just finished a book on urban marathons (2021, Routledge) and is the key academic expert in a new huge research project on urban walking (wih COWI).  
His work is translated into Chinese (both in China and Taiwan), Japanese, Polish, Portuguese (both in Portugal and Brazil), Czeh, Korean and Turkish (in process), and he is on the editorial board of MobilitiesTourist Studies, Mondes du Tourisme and Photographies.


Jonas Larsen is involved in the masters program Spatial designs and society (SDS) and the bachelor program HUM-TEK. He was research leader (MOSPUS) from 2021-15, head of studies (Spatial Designs and Society) from 2015-2019 and Ph.D. programme leader (Society, Space and Technology) from 2019-21.  

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

geography, Phd, Roskilde University

Award Date: 1 Apr 2004

Cultural studies, M.A, Lancaster University

Award Date: 1 Sep 1999


  • Geography, Geology, Topography
  • mobilities
  • globalization
  • place and space
  • material culture
  • sport
  • Communication, Journalism, Media
  • Photography
  • digital culture
  • The Internet
  • mobile phones
  • Traffic, Transportation
  • Mobility
  • walking
  • cycling
  • Event, Tourism, Performance

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