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Sustainable Interaction: Putting the social aspect of Sustainable Development on the agenda
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In a world of development and scarce resources sustainable development has been presented as an approach of dealing with our issues of welfare. Economic, environmental and social aspects are incorporated in the approach in order to solve the problems of today. While sustainable development is pervaded in policies and planning of nations and communities, the three aspects of it have all specific definitions which are to be applied, some aspects are well defined whilst others are not yet fully determined. The purpose of this qualitative study is to highlight the social aspect of sustainable development. The social sustainability is assessed by investigating how a municipality in Sweden meets the variables of social sustainability established by the Swedish government. It investigates the structure plans of a community south of Stockholm, Haninge Municipality. It seeks to understand how the municipality implements social sustainability in practice to solve the issues of the alienated residential area Jordbro. By using a method of interpretation of texts in form of governmental documents of social sustainability, municipal structure plans together with incorporated interviews with locals and an internship at the municipality house of Haninge, the study gives a comprehensive understanding of social sustainability in Stockholm and issues which the municipality is to deal with. It indicates that social sustainability is taking a smaller role in the structure planning documents of the municipality, and it also indicates a lack of interaction and incorporation of locals. Furthermore the study suggests some solutions to the problems of social sustainability.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 39 p.
Examensarbete vid Institutionen för geovetenskaper, ISSN 1650-6553 ; 111
Keyword [en]
Sustainable Development, social sustainability, alienation, symbolic interactionism
National Category
Natural Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-193979OAI: diva2:603794
Subject / course
Sustainable development
Educational program
Master Programme in Sustainable Development
Skåne, Department of Earth Sciences, Uppsala University, Villavägen 16,, Uppsala (English)
Life Earth Science
Available from: 2013-02-08 Created: 2013-02-06 Last updated: 2013-02-19Bibliographically approved

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