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An Assessment of Sustainable Development Work in Swedish Municipalities
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The research paper assesses the local sustainable development work in Sweden. A theoretical framework has been constructed and applied to six Swedish municipalities. The framework is based on a holistic view and incorporates the structural (integration in the municipality, use of a management system), inclusive (involvement of the citizens), analytical (use of sustainable development indicator) and systematic (framework for sustainable development, sustainability policies) perspective of sustainable development work. In particular, the use and implementation of sustainable development indicators was in the research focus. Semi-structured interviews were conducted to examine the sustainable development work on the local level.

The assessment showed that sustainable development work is to a different extent integrated in the municipality. Some municipalities have dedicated teams working with sustainable development, in other municipalities lies the responsibility on the department chefs. Overall, the municipalities try with the resources they have to work at their best for a sustainable future for their municipality. However, there is room for improvement in terms of structural implementation, use of effective tools and involvement of the citizens.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 46 p.
Examensarbete vid Institutionen för geovetenskaper, ISSN 1650-6553 ; 239
Keyword [en]
Sustainable development, sustainable cities, green cities, sustainable development indicators, Sweden
National Category
Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-254818OAI: diva2:819817
Subject / course
Sustainable development
Educational program
Master Programme in Sustainable Development
2015-06-02, Hambergsalen, Geocentrum, Villavägen 16, Uppsala, 15:00 (English)
Available from: 2015-06-11 Created: 2015-06-11 Last updated: 2015-06-11Bibliographically approved

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