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Där järnvägen möter staden: Hur bidrar Västlänken till en hållbar stadsutveckling i Haga?
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis aims to study the effects of the infrastructure project Västlänken in Gothenburg, a rail tunnel to be built through the city center. The study focuses on the community of Haga where one of the three exits will be constructed and also the surrounding urban environment, to see if the project can be sustainable.


Sustainable urban development was selected as the theory, and the term "sustainable" is defined in this study using a number of criteria that two scientists developed. The criteria include economic, ecological and social perspectives on how a place or a geographical area can meet today's needs as well as possible needs in the future. The methods used were semi-structured interviews and content analysis of government documents. Interviews were conducted with various institutions in the city, and companies involved in the planning of the project in Gothenburg. Content Analyses were similarly analyzed with a focus on sustainability and development, to give an overview of the urban environment and planning area surveyed. The result lists the current urban environment and the economic, ecological and social interests in the planning area. The visions and goals of Västlänken, views of sustainability, and long-term development. Not only in Haga, but throughout the city and region.


The analysis then compared the material with the criteria for sustainability and sustainable development. It also gave an overview of the city's priorities of the various sustainability interests. The conclusion shows that the urban environment in Haga is sustainable today against the criteria of sustainability, and will most likely change the urban environment despite the city's visions of very small changes. The changes can affect the economic, ecological and social urban environment of the area with different impacts on the sustainability.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 41 p.
Keyword [en]
Västlänken, Sustainable development, Urban studies, Infrastructure, Urban environment, Human geography
Keyword [sv]
Västlänken, Hållbar utveckling, Urbana studier, Infrastruktur, Urban miljö, Kulturgeografi
National Category
Cultural Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-39828OAI: diva2:787379
Subject / course
Human Geography
Educational program
Heritage Studies Programme, 180 credits
Available from: 2015-02-10 Created: 2015-02-10 Last updated: 2015-02-10Bibliographically approved

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