Ida Sofie Gøtzsche Lange

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Associate Professor

Ida Sofie Gøtzsche Lange is an Associate Professor in Urban Design and Mobilities at the Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology, Aalborg University (Denmark). She is a board member of the Centre for Mobilities and Urban Studies (C-MUS) and of the Association of North Jutland Planners. Her research revolves around place management and site-specific qualities, and she is particularly concerned with place and mobility challenges as well as potentials for urban development of port-cities and other highly mobility affected places. Her main research interests are within Port-City Relationships, Urban Design, Urban Mobilities, Planning, Place theory and Mobilities Design.

Since 2013, her research has been engaged with the relationships between cities and their ports in terms of e.g., jobs and business development, attractions for settlement and tourism, and how urban planning and design can be tools for promoting a positive interaction between port and city. Her PhD was an in-depth mixed methods case study of a Danish port-city, namely the Danish seaport Hirtshals, experiencing growth in port-related industries and physical infrastructures but at the same time experiencing a shrinking population and city centre, and related challenges in terms of architectural quality and maintenance of the built environment. Throughout the project, she developed a conceptual and theoretical vocabulary of ‘transit towns’ and ‘living towns’, expanding an analytical, value-based scale for measurement of places used for settlements while also being affected by increased mobility. Based on the terminology of transit towns and living towns, the challenges of port-cities and other mobilities-affected cities can be studied, understood, qualified and handled.

Currently she is the PA of a comparative research project on Port-City Relationships (PoCiRe) with point of departure in 7 Danish port-cities that have or have had international ferry services. The project is looking into how large flows of people and goods affect the local towns/cities in terms of e.g., built environment and urban structures, policies and local planning strategies, local communities and identity building, socio economic status, development within industry and tourism. The four-year mixed-methods based research project includes a variety of historic and contemporary document studies, field studies, stakeholder interviews and surveys of residents and ferry travellers).

Selected bibliographic references of relevance to PCF:


Jensen, O.B., Lassen, C., Kaufmann, V., Freudendal-Pedersen, M. & Lange, I.S.G. (Eds.) (2020) The Routledge Handbook of Urban Mobilities, London: Routledge

Jensen, O.B., Lassen, C. & Lange, I.S.G. (Eds.) (2019) Material Mobilities, London: Routledge


Lange, I. S. G., Lassen, C., Holst Laursen, L. & Jensen, O. B. (2022) ’Lost in transit? – effects of a highly transit-affected town’. International Planning Studies

Jensen, O.B., Therkelsen, A. & Lange, I.S.G. (2022), ‘Constructing ‘empty’ places. Discourses and place materiality in the wake of disruption’. Space & Culture.

Borg, S. R., Lange, I. S. G. & Lanng, D. B., (2022), ’Manifestations of Contemporary Port Ci­ty-scapes in Denmark: Anthropogenic Terrain and Future Trajectories’. PORTUSplus.

Lange, I. S. G. & Ounanian, K., (2020), ’From fishing port to transport hub? Local voices on the identity of places and flows’. PORTUSplus.


Lange, I.S.G. (2021), ‘The paradox of a transit hub – Hirtshals as case of local life and global flow’. In: Lassen, C., Laursen, L.L.H. & Larsen, G.R. eds. Mobilities and Place Management: Scandi­navian Contexts, London: Routledge

Lange, I.S.G. (2020), Terminal Towns. In: Jensen, O.B., Lassen, C., Kaufmann, V., Freudendal-Pe­dersen, M. & Lange, I.S.G. eds. The Routledge Handbook of Urban Mobilities, London: Routledge


Lange, I.S.G. (2016), ’Transit city or Living city? – A case study of Hirtshals as a heavily mobilities affected place in Throughfare-Denmark’. PhD. edn. Aalborg University.

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