Mattias Näsman

Mattias Näsman
Umeå University | UMU · Department of Geography and Economic History

Doctor of Philosophy


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Mattias Näsman is a doctor of economic history. His research focuses on how historical actors and processes have raised barriers to or facilitated transitions of economies and societies toward sustainability. His thesis specifically looks at the origin and development of Swedish and international emission standards for passenger cars, 1960-1990. My work is qualitative, drawing on archival sources, and an transnational understanding of business and the environmental issue.


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Recent decades have witnessed increased public concern about vehicle emissions and growing frustration with political inaction and business preferences for the status quo. This article provides historical perspective on such regulatory dynamics by analyzing the Swiss and the Swedish cases of vehicle emission governance in the1970s-1980s. Relying on...
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The purpose of this thesis is to contribute to an improved historical understanding of the challenges and complexities involved in constructing systems of governance of motor vehicle air pollution. The specific aim of the study is to explore the development of regulatory vehicle emission standards in Sweden between 1960 and the 1980s as well as to...
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Although the automobile industry has served as the backbone of much business history scholarship, business historians have paid little attention to this industry’s actions concerning the complex of environmental issues that took hold in the 1960s. Volvo represents a captivating case study to gain insight into why the automobile industry’s growth ha...


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My thesis specifically explores the origin and development of Swedish and international emission standards for passenger cars, 1960-1990. In a conjuncture of politics, business, technology, and environmental science, the thesis studies the drawn out process towards modern exhaust emission control. The purpose is to provide with historical perspectives on lines of conflict that have emerged and are still present today between lawmakers and the auto industry, in attempts to develop cleaner cars, which has bearing on attempts to achieve a sustainable transition of private transport, in the end.