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Patrik Zapata


Sprängkullsgatan 19
41123 Göteborg
Box 712
40530 Göteborg

Om Patrik Zapata

Patrik Zapata is professor in Public Administration. His research interests concern the management of cities, sustainable organizing, waste management, informal economy, and language in organizations. Patrik Zapata's research is published in journals as Accounting, Organizations and Society; Environment and Urbanization; Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space; Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space; Environmental Politics; Habitat International; Journal of Change Management; Journal of Cleaner Production and Public Administration and Development.

Key words: City organising, informal settlements, sustainable development, waste management, local governments, scandology, organization theory, management, sociological institutional theory, labour market integration.

Ongoing research projectsChanging roles, emerging networks. Local governments as employer, procurer and entrepreneur in labour market integrationEmma Ek Österberg (SPA GU), María José Zapata Campos (FEK GU), Patrik Zapata (head of project)

Labour market integration of foreign-born persons is a key challenge both for integration policies and for the organising of future working-life. A large number of local labour market integration initiatives have been developed from bottom-up in recent years, led by municipalities in collaboration with public organizations, companies and non-profits; a phenomenon that is still understudied. This project aims at examining the changing roles of the local government in creating and scaling up novel initiatives for labour market integration, as well as the construction of emergent networks among them. Methodologically, the project is informed by a selection of labour market integration initiatives, representing changing roles of the local government in this policy field, identified in our previous research: 1) the municipality as 1) procurer, 2) employer, and 3) entrepreneur. We will study initiatives in different municipalities by following - based on interviews, documents and observations – how they develop locally, and how they are diffused to other settings through emerging networks. The project adopts an action-research approach whereby continuous interaction and collaboration with the studied organizations will co-produce knowledge for better evidence-based policy making, to strengthen initiatives and networks, and to the diffusion of the initiatives and roles. Theoretically, the project contributes to the collaborative governance and new institutional theory literatures. Financed by the Swedish Research Council: 5,9 mSEK. 2020-2023

Participatory innovation videos for an inclusive and sustainable waste management (with María José Zapata Campos (GU), Communicators Ulrika Naezer and John Chweya; researchers Jutta Gutberlet, Sebastián Carenzo, Michael Oloko and Goodluck CharlesMillions of waste pickers collect household waste daily in cities around the globe to earn a living. In doing so, they make a significant contribution to reducing the carbon footprint of cities, recovering resources, improving environmental conditions and health of low-income residents, and creating jobs, and income among the poor. Often organized in waste picker organizations (WPO), they develop important, but often unknown, innovations for sustainability and social justice. While local governments are key actors in the provision of services in partnership with WPO, their competences, knowledge, or understanding of the contribution of WPO is however limited.

This project aims at diffusing the grassroots innovations developed by these WPO (in terms of technology, gender, governance, finance, and market) through 1. participatory video production and 2. a policy brief targeting WPO and local governments. 1) First, the innovation videos will be produced by local teams, instructed by a communicator, with the participation of WPO in Argentina, Brazil, Kenya and Tanzania. Used as self-educational materials, the videos will be spread out: world-wide, through the communication channels developed by partner organizations supporting WPO as UN-Habitat (Waste Academy platform) or the Latin American Network of Waste Pickers (and its youtube channel) hosting the Global Waste Picker C onference in Buenos Aires 2021; and in Kenya and Tanzania, through WPO meetings. 2) Second, the policy brief will be diffused through the Swedish Research Institute for Local Democracy’s digital communication channels and meetings with local governments in east African countries.

As a result of this project it is expected to improve the knowledge among municipal officers and WPO on grassroots innovations for inclusive waste management in Kenya and Tanzania as well as the development of what could be the foundation for a future network of East African WPO. Besides a number of WPO attending meetings and participating in the Global WPO C onference, communication materials will be available open-source spilling out the results of this project beyond the geographic boundaries of Kenya and Tanzania. Financed by FORMAS, 1,75 mSEK. (2020-2022)

Organising labour market integration of immigrants: theory and practiceProgramme director: Andreas Diedrich (programme website) Financed by Forte

Previous projectsRecycling networks – grassroots resilience tackling climate, environmental and poverty challenges, Maria José Zapata (head of project, Patrik Zapata, School of Public Administration (GU), Jaan-Henrik Kain, Chalmers, Michael O. Oloko, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Uuniversity of science and technology, Kisumu, Kenya, Jessica Perez Reynosa, Universidad centroamericana de Nicaragua i Managua, Goodluck Charles, University of Dar es Salaam i Tanzania, Sebastián Carenzo, University of Buenos Aires i Argentina och Jutta Gutberlet, University of Victoria i Kanada. Financed by the Swedish Research Council: 5,4 mSEK.

Compact cities and informal settlements - Exploring qualities, drivers and strategies for promoting sustainable urban development, with María José Zapata, GRI GU (head of project), Jaan-Henrik Kain, and Jenny Stenberg, Chalmers University, and Michael Oloko, University of Jaramogi Oginga Odinga in Kisumu, Kenya, financed by Formas, 3 mSEK.

From waste management to waste prevention - Closing implementation gaps through sustainable action nets, with Hervé Corvellec (LU), Richard Ek (LU) and María José Zapata Campos (GRI), financed by Formas, 7,9 mSEK

Grassroots initiatives, institutional entrepreneurship and inclusive urban governance: transforming the city from below The project aims to examine how grassroots resilience initiatives With María José Zapata, GRI GU (head of project), Jaan-Henrik Kain, Chalmers University, and Michael Oloko, University of Jaramogi Oginga Odinga in Kisumu, Kenya, financed by ICLD.se

Combating poverty and building democracy through the co-production of participatory waste management services. The case of Kisumu, Kenya, med María José Zapata, GRI GU (head of project), Jaan-Henrik Kain, Chalmers University, and Michael Oloko, University of Jaramogi Oginga Odinga in Kisumu, Kenya . Financed by ICLD.se, 1,7 mSEK.

Improving basic urban services in informal settlements - Linking waste research in global South cities (head of project), with Jutta Gutberlet (Sao Paolo University,Brazil and Victoria University, Canada), Michael Oloko (University of Jaramogi Oginga Odinga in Kisumu, Kenya), and María José Zapata Campos (GRI, GU), 0.7 mSEK.

Governing in Action Nets. Swedish Municipalities and their Waste Responsibility, with Hervé Corvellec (LU), Katja Lindqvist (LU), and María José Zapata (GRI), financed by Cefos, 0,9 mSEK

Teaching Organization theory, management, sociological institutional theory, city organising, sustainability, scandology


articles, chapters, reports and books

Zapata Campos, M.J., Kain, JH., Oloko, M. et al. Urban qualities and residents’ strategies in compact global south cities: the case of Havana. Journal of Housing and the Built Environment (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10901-021-09856-7

Zapata Campos MJ, Carenzo S, Kain J-H, Oloko M, Reynosa JP, Zapata P (2020) Inclusive recycling movements: a green deep democracy from below. Environment and Urbanization, online first. doi:10.1177/0956247820967621

Zapata Campos MJ, Zapata P, Ordoñez I (2020), "Urban Commoning Practices in The Repair Movement: Frontstaging the Backstage", Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, 52(6):1150-1170

Kain, Jaan-Henrik, Jenny Stenberg, Marco Adelfio, Michael Oloko, Liane Thuvander, Patrik Zapata, María José Zapata Campos (2020) What Makes a Compact City? Differences Between Urban Research in the Global North and the Global South, Scandinavian Journal of Public Administration 24(4): 25-49

Zapata Campos, M. J.; Zapata, P. (2019) Cities, institutional entrepreneurship and the emergence of new environmental policies: The organizing of waste prevention in the City of Gothenburg, Sweden. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space (37)2: 339-359

Zapata Campos MJ, Barinaga E, Kain JH, Oloko M & Zapata P (2019) Organising grassroots initiatives for a more inclusive governance: constructing the city from below, Swedish International Centre for Local Democracy (ICLD): research report 15.

Corvellec, H.; Ek, R; Zapata, P.; Zapata Campos, M. J. (2018) Acting on distances: A topology of accounting inscriptions, Accounting, Organizations and Society, 67 (2018) 56-65. doi:10.1016/j.aos.2016.02.005

Zapata, P; Zapata Campos, M.J. (2018) Waste tours: narratives, infrastructures and gazes in interplay. Etnografia Ricerca Qualitativa, 11 (1) 97-118, DOI: 10.3240/89696

Corvellec H., Richard E., Johansson N., Svingstedt A., Zapata P., Zapata Campos M. J. (2018) Avfallsförebyggande handlar om effektiv produktion och genomtänkt konsumtion – inte om avfall. Sju lärdomar från forskningsprojektet från avfallshantering till avfallsförebyggande. Helsingborg, Institution för Service Management och tjänstevetenskap, Lunds Universitet.

Zapata Campos, M. J.; Zapata, P. (2017) Infiltrating citizen-driven initiatives for sustainability, Environmental Politics, 26(6): 1055-1078. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/09644016.2017.1352592

Gutberlet, J; Kain, JH); Nyakinya, B; Oloko, M); Zapata, P; Zapata Campos, MJ (2017) Bridging Weak Links of Solid Waste Management in Informal Settlements. Journal of Environment and Development, pp. 1-26. ISSN 1070-4965

Kain, JH; Nyakinda, B; Odhiambo, N; Oloko, M; Omolo, J; Otieno, S; Zapata, P; Zapata Campos, MJ (2016) Translating Policies into Informal Settlements' Critical Services: Reframing, Anchoring and Muddling Through, Public Administration and Development. DOI: 10.1002/pad.1782

Álvarez de Andrés, E.; Zapata, P.; Zapata Campos, M.J. (2016) "Networked Social Movements and the Politics of Mortgage: From the Right to Housing to the Assault on Institutions" In Lessons from the Great Recession: At the Crossroads of Sustainability and Recovery. 231-249. Permanent link to this document: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/S2051-503020160000018010

Gutberlet, J; Kain, JH; Nyakinda, B; Ochieng, DH; Odhiambo, N; Oloko, M; Omolo, J; Ozondi, E; Otieno, S; Zapata, P; Zapata Campos, MJ (2016) Socio-environmental entrepreneurship and the provision of critical services in informal settlements, Environment & Urbanization, DOI: 10.1177/0956247815623772

Àlvarez de Andrés, E, Patrik Zapata and María José Zapata Campos (2015) Stop the evictions! The diffusion of networked social movements and the emergence of a hybrid space: The case of the Spanish Mortgage Victims Group, Habitat International, 46: 252-259

Zapata, P & Zapata Campos, MJ (2015) ‘Producing, appropriating, and recreating the myth of the urban commons’, in Urban Commons: Rethinking the City, Editors: Borch, C; Barinaga, E; Kornberger, M: Routledge

Zapata Campos, M. J. ; Zapata, P. (2014) The travel of global ideas of waste management. The case of Managua and its informal settlements, Habitat International 41: 41-49.

Zapata, P; Zapata Campos, M. J. (2014) Unexpected translations in urban policy mobility. The case of the Acahualinca development programme in Managua, Nicaragua, Habitat International 46: 271-276

Zapata Campos, MJ; Zapata P; Eriksson-Zetterquist U (2014) 'Waste socio-technological transitions: from landfilling to waste prevention', in Design, Waste & Dignity / Maria Cecilia Loschiavo
dos Santos, coordination; Maria
Cecilia Loschiavo dos Santos, Stuart Walker,
Sylmara Lopes Francelino Gonçalves Dias,
collaboration; [translation Hedy Hofmann].
 São Paulo: Editora Olhares, 2014.
Vários autores.
ISBN 978-85-62114-35-9
1. Design, Resíduo & Dignidade (Portuguese version

Corvellec, H.; Zapata Campos, M. J. ; Zapata, P. (2013) Infrastructures, lock-in, and sustainable urban development e the case of waste incineration in the Göteborg Metropolitan Area, Journal of Cleaner Production, vol 50: 32–39. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2012.12.009

Zapata Campos, M. J. ; Zapata, P. (2013). Switching Managua on! Connecting informal settlements to the formal city through household waste collection. Environment and Urbanization, Vol 25(1): 1–18. DOI: 10.1177/0956247812468404

Zapata Campos, M. J. ; Zapata, P. (2013). Translating development aid into city management: the barrio Acahualinca integrated development programme in Managua, Nicaragua. Public Administration and Development, 33: 101–112. DOI: 10.1002/pad.1628

Zapata, Patrik (2013) Waste in Translation. Global ideas of urban waste management in local practice. In Zapata Campos and Hall, Michael (Eds) Organising waste in the city: international perspectives on narratives and practices, Cha 5. Bristol: The Policy Press.

Zapata Campos, M. J.; Zapata, P. (2013) Urban waste: closing the system. In Leonie J. Pearson, Peter Newton and Peter Roberts (Eds) Resilient Sustainable Cities. London: Taylor & Francis/Routledge.

Cregård, A.; Solli, R.; Zapata, P. (2012). Crisis and Organisational Innovation. Uprava/Administration, X(4), 35–49.

Zapata Campos, M. J. ; Zapata, P. (2012). Changing La Chureca. Organizing City Resilience through Action Nets. Journal of Change Management (12)3 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14697017.2012.673073

Rombach, B. ; Zapata, P. (2010). Med den skarpa fältkikaren i en rem kring halsen. Företagsekonomiska forskare ser på statsvetenskapen. Statsvetenskaplig tidskrift 112 (5) p. 280-300.

Zapata, P. ; Malmer, S. (2010). Bestäm, betala och undvik kostnaden – den kommunala finansieringsprincipen. Nordiske Organisajonsstudier 12 (4) p. 74-93.

Johansson (Zapata), P. (2007). Legitimacy Lost and Back to Normality. Electronic Journal of Business Ethics and Organization Studies. 12 (3)

Malmer, S. ; Zapata, P. (2009). Finansieringsprincipens tillämpning. Stockholm: Riksdagen. ISBN/ISSN: 978-91-85943-63-0

Johansson (Zapata), P. (2007). Ö som i örådisering. Tidens tecken, redaktörer Anders Björnsson och Björn Rombach. p. 261-269. Stockholm: Santérus förlag. ISBN/ISSN: 978-91-7359-006-8

Johansson (Zapata), P. (2007). V som i vatten. Tidens tecken, redaktörer Anders Björnsson och Björn Rombach. p. 200-210. Stockholm: Santérus förlag. ISBN/ISSN: 978-91-7359-006-8

Johansson (Zapata), P. (2006). Skandal! Att förlora och återfå andras förtroende. Värdet av förtroende. Redaktörer Inga-Lill Johansson, Sten Jönsson och Rolf Solli. Lund: Studentlitteratur.

Johansson (Zapata), P. ; Rombach, B. (2005). Ekonomiskan. Ett framgångsrikt språk. Den framgångsrika ekonomiskan, redaktör Björn Rombach. p. 7-32. Stockholm: Santérus förlag. ISBN/ISSN: 91-89449-75-4

Johansson (Zapata), P. (2005). Vad ekonomiskan gör. Den framgångsrika ekonomiskan, redaktör Björn Rombach. p. 204-225. Stockholm: Santérus förlag. ISBN/ISSN: 91-89449-75-4

Johansson (Zapata), P. (2004) I skandalers spår. Minskad legitimitet i offentlig sektor, Doctoral dissertation, School of Public Administration, University of Gothenburg