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Research projects

This section contains an overview of selected active and finished research projects led by or in other ways including members of the research group. For more information of the research project, please contact the responsible researcher.

Active projects

Multifunctional blue-green infrastructure - optimizing socio-cultural and environmental aspects for sustainable urban development (2020-2024)

Mattias Sandberg (supported by Formas)

The objective of this interdisciplinary project is to develop knowledge and methods, enabling an overall assessment of different types of blue-green infrastructures (BGI). Different types of BGI will be evaluated regarding stormwater management, water quality, outdoor and indoor climate, energy use, recreation and social inclusion in different urban environments in the short and long term, from a life cycle and socioeconomic perspective. Multi-criteria analysis supported by a user perspective will form the basis for developing recommendations for optimizing BGI's physical planning.

SPOOR - Towards Sustainable Sport and Outdoor Recreation (2020-2023)

Marie Stenseke & Andreas Skriver Hansen (supported by MISTRA)

The Sport and Outdoor Mistra Program (SPOOR) takes environmental impacts as a point of departure to study sustainable practices in sport and outdoor recreation. The aim is to produce and apply new knowledge on sustainable solutions, which reduce negative impacts from transport, land and water use, equipment and events. The goals are to (i) put Sweden at the international forefront of sustainable practices obtained through co-creation between research and stakeholders, (ii) start a movement for more sustainable practices, and (iii) establish a network-based center for research, development and policy support in favor of sustainable solutions.

Ecosystem Services – An integrative method for sustainable living environments in practice? (2020-2023)

Annelie Sjölander-Lindqvist (supported by FORMAS)

This project investigates how the concept of ecosystem services has been transferred into practice from the international and EU policy directive using an institutional logics perspective. We will also investigate the interface between conventional conservation planning and the emerging ecosystem services approach through a critical heritage perspective.

The role of outdoor recreation in coastal-marine planning (2020-2021)

Andreas Skriver Hansen (supported by Adlerbertska)

The project will concern the (missing) role of outdoor recreation in contemporary coastal and marine spatial planning process. The focus will be on the Swedish west coast and highlight the importance and large presence of coastal-marine recreation in Sweden.

The Right to Buy in Marginalised Urban Areas – how is local participation in urban planning and housing decision-making affected? (2019-2021)

Robin Biddulph and Mattias Sandberg (supported by FORMAS)

This project will focus on the specific effects of tenure conversions in marginalised urban areas, where tenure conversions have been advocated as a means to reduce segregation and criminality.

Land2Sea (2018-2021)

Andreas Skriver Hansen & Marie Stenseke (supported by EU Belmont/FORMAS)

The project aims to develop an integrated framework for assessing the consequences of human activities for water quality and biodiversity. It will capture combined impacts of terrestrial inputs and climate change on freshwater and marine systems and incorporate physical, ecological and socio-cultural dimensions aligned with the Conceptual Framework of the IPBES. More information.

Modern outposts of unsustainability (2018 – 2021)

Mirek Dymitrow

The project focuses on the dynamics of change and inertia in relation to any taken-for-granted idea underpinning existing societal structures (e.g. gender relations, economic regulations, climate awareness, etc.). By resorting to STS and social psychology, the projects seeks more holistic, human-centered, explanations for the retention of undesired ways of thinking – in science, societal planning and beyond. This is done be exploring the concept of the ‘modern outpost of unsustainability’, i.e. localities exhibiting a complex web of social entanglements causing and maintaining several dilemmas at once: severe air pollution; poor waste management; poor public health; widespread corruption; economic and social irresponsibility – to mention but a few. Case studies involve Skopje (Macedonia), Toruń (Poland) and Gothenburg (Sweden). More information.

GOVERNANCE: Human responses to multi-species management (2015-2021)

Annelie Sjölander-Lindqvist (supported by the Wildlife Management Fund)

The overarching objectives in GOVERNANCE are to; (1) Analyze – individual and collective responses - to wildlife governance and management at multiple levels, (2) Assess the capacity for multi-species management by synthesizing individual and collective responses to future challenges of wildlife governance, (3) Offer support to the design of future multi-species wildlife management, and (4) Integrate natural and social science to build future capacity for Swedish Ungulate Multi-species Management.

Co-creative urban planning for energy-efficient and sustainable urban station communities (2017-2020)

Charlotta Capitao Patrao & Marie Stenseke (supported by the Swedish Energy Agency)

The project investigates the role of urban structure and planning processes for sustainable and energy-efficient accessibility, attractiveness regarding the interaction between regional and local structures, and place identity in existing station communities.

Lost in translation? The transformative processes between the planning and manifestation of urban green space (2019-2022)

Shelley Kotze

This PhD project focuses on the transformation process that occurs between the planning and the manifestation, management and maintenance of urban green spaces. Green spaces in the city are important for many purposes. For urban green spaces to be sustainable in the long-term the maintenance of them needs to be in the planning process. This research offers a critical exploration of the process of planning for urban green space; this includes how the ongoing management and maintenance of said space is considered and written into the planning process, and how well that is translated into action. A comprehensive understanding of this process will contribute to the better management of urban green space, in that it actually reflects the plans which municipalities spend so much public funds on.

Sociology and psychology of science (2015 – ongoing)

Mirek Dymitrow

By combing insights from critical theory, cognitive psychology and STS, this eclectic progress re-examines science in the making using a new syntax and a new argumentative narrative with the ambition to change the way that thinking is apprehended and acted upon. With a focus on performativity, constitution and implications of concepts governed by various subject positions and psychosocial factors. this project captures a number of cases from human geography and tourist studies. More information.

Finished Projects

Self-Organized Action for Food Equity (2018-2019)

Robin Biddulph (supported by Mistra urban future)

A Mistra Urban Futures Project seeking to draw lessons from the experiences of organizations and initiatives seeking to reduce food waste, and to redistribute surplus food. The project is a collaboration with practitioners and is intended to contribute to understanding of how food waste reduction and food equity could be improved across Gothenburg and beyond. More information.

Food systems sustainability (2017 – 2019)

Mirek Dymitrow

The project explores and systematizes knowledge on the different food system perspectives, across scales, regions and sectors. It focuses primarily on the design of processes used to understand these divergent and at times contradictory views of what a sustainable food system may be. It draws on ongoing food system projects in Cape Town, Manchester, Gothenburg and Kisumu. More information.

The green side of the city (2016-2019)

Per Hallén (supported by Torsten Söderbergs Stiftelse)

A project within the framework of Gothenburg's 400th anniversary. What financial reasons are there for recreation areas to remain or disappear?

GASTROCERT - Gastronomy and Creative Entrepreneurship in Rural Tourism (2017-2019)

Annelie Sjölander-Lindqvist (supported by JPI Cultural Heritage)

This project explored (i) how the development of local gastronomy can help to protect rural heritage values; and (ii) how entrepreneurial culture can enhance locally produced food as a value-added touristic experience. Four case studies in four countries located in northern Europe and the Mediterranean region were included in the project.

PlanCoast (2016 – 2019)

Andreas Skriver Hansen (supported by NMBU, Norway)

The project looked at management and planning of land and rights in the coastal zone, with a special focus on developing tools, knowledge and capacities for an effective integrated planning in coastal-marine areas. More information.

Environmental Collaborative Governance in Large Carnivore Management: Policy Design, Administrative Leadership and Stakeholders (2015-2019)

Annelie Sjölander-Lindqvist (supported by Vetenskapsrådet/the Swedish Research Council)

This project investigated four cases of environmental collaborative governance, implemented to promote large carnivore recovery amidst many human land uses in Finland, Norway and Sweden.

Evaluation of Project Skolbäcken (2018)

Mattias Sandberg & Andreas Skriver Hansen (supported by Sportfiskarna)

The project concerned a new educational idea launched by Sportfiskarna with an aim to introduce schoolchildren to activities involving environmental restoration in wet areas. The project is described in a final report.

Link to report

Scrutinizing marine spatial planning in Sweden: A discursive analysis of the holistic ambitions in the ongoing MSP process (2017-2018)

Marie Stenseke

Man and fish (2016)

Per Hallén (supported by Stiftelsen Anna Ahrenbergs fond)

A project that works with the development of sea fishing 1700-2015. How has sea fishing been affected by technological and economic development?

Social deprivation: Alternative explanations (2014 – 2018)

Mirek Dymitrow

By juxtaposing the societal propensity towards "spatial thinking" with the problem of social deprivation, the project provides an updated critique of unreflective usages of spatial concepts by means of a specific analysis. Integrating new hard-to-get empirical material with theoretical discussions within the scope of social, cultural and political geography, the project explores the aspect of potential harm associated with spatial thinking. More information.

Woody or treeless pastures? Linking subsidy systems, farmers decisions and management for understanding biodiversity patterns (2013-2016)

Mattias Sandberg and Marie Stenseke, in collaboration with Regina Lindborg and Simon Jakobsson, Stockholm University (supported by FORMAS)

The project aimed to understand how the EU regulations concerning semi-natural pastures affect their plant diversity and composition linked to farm management. Since EU-regulations directly affect the management decisions by farmers, how land use and management policy is perceived by land owners and managers was analysed. With this targeted design, the project evaluated the effects of current subsidy system on plant diversity as well as increased the general understanding of management effects on woody pastures.

Degraded and restituted towns in Poland (2012 – 2016)

Mirek Dymitrow

The project can be summarized in two attainments: a) extending theoretical frameworks used to study degraded and restituted towns in terms of definition, conceptualization and assessment of predispositions for future development on account of their spatial, legal, socio-economic and historical characteristics; b) initiating an anticipated discussion on a number of important and current topics related to the practices of degradation and restitution that have not received adequate attention, e.g., the urbanity-vs.-rurality paradox, the changeability of human settlement forms vs. the consequences of rigid spatial categorizations; the role of various actors in shaping the socioeconomic reality under the guise of an ossified binary; or identifying spatio-conceptual conflicts as future challenges for local, regional and national policy. More information.

Outdoor recreation in change – Landscapes, Experiences. Planning and Development (2007-2013)

Silvia Henningsson, Mattias Sandberg & Marie Stenseke (Supported by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency)

An interdisciplinary research program which aimed to analyze the current dynamics of outdoor recreation and nature based tourism in Sweden. The research conducted at the Unit of Human Geography focused on outdoor recreation among young people; urban proximate outdoor recreation and outdoor recreation and environmental protection. More information.

Landscape diversity and the nature/culture divide (2010-2012)

Marie Stenseke (supported by Formas)

Land use changes in urban pressure areas (2009-2012)

Marie Stenseke (supported by the Research Council of Norway)

Rethinking agricultural land abandonment to create socially responsive and biodiverse landscapes (2009-2011)

Marie Stenseke (supported by Formas)

Reconciling environmental interests: Natural and cultural heritage in Swedish river restoration (2008-2011)

Annelie Sjölander-Lindqvist (supported by FORMAS & the Cultural Heritage Board)

This project examined how two sets of environmental interests, biodiversity protection and cultural heritage conservation, may be reconciled.

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