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Decision Making for Strategic Sustainable Development in Selected Swedish Ecovillages
Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
2011 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
Abstract [en]

Despite of significant role of collective decision making in strategic community development towards sustainability, this area is seen to be generally underestimated by community planners and ecovillage members, comparing with, for example, legal, financial and technological aspects of community life. This study aims to understand how Strategic Sustainable Development (SSD) perspective can contribute to decision making procedures in ecovillages in Sweden. The research examines how decision making procedures work in ecovillages today and to which extent strategic component, viewed through SSD perspective, is currently incorporated. Secondly research explores how SSD perspective could possibly be incorporated into decision making procedures in ecovillages, in order to foster their development towards sustainability. To address this purpose decision making model was created, based on literature review; three ecovillage studies were conducted; and recommendations were offered, based on findings from literature and findings from current experience of selected ecovillages in Sweden.

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2011. , 60 p.
Keyword [en]
Strategic sustainable development, Sustainable community development, Participatory decision making, Decision making in ecovillages, Swedish ecovillages, Social sustainability
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Other Environmental Engineering Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics Sociology
URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-2184Local ID: diva2:829451
Educational program
SLASL (Master programme in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability
Life Earth Science
Available from: 2015-04-22 Created: 2011-06-10 Last updated: 2015-11-09Bibliographically approved

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