Heiko is a historian with a special interest in urban history, medieval and early modern history. His research focuses on media, diplomacy, friendship, postal systems, urban culture, and the state formation process. For now, he is working on urbanity and urban culture in Sweden in a long historical perspective. Within the Pleasurescapes-project he is a Principal Investigator with responsibility for the Swedish case, Gothenburg. His research in the project will focus on contemporary perceptions of the Pleasurescapes on the basis of diaries, travel books and such.