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Assessing the adaptive capacity of Sweden's environmental governance
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Political Science. (International and European Relations)
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Different challenges arising from increasingly uncertain and unpredictable environmental and economicconditions have been shifting the focus of public governance and socio-economic development. Morerecently, empirical studies have demonstrated a transitional epoch in which humanity is currently in: TheAnthropocene, as well as its harmful effects that degrade the biosphere, and thus our economic, political,social well-being. The casual dynamics of climate change and its impacts on life-supporting ecosystemshas increasingly been recognized by a resilient approach which incorporates adaptive processes andschemes, allowing public governance to embrace the changes rather than control uncertainty. Thisresearch introduces the interwoven concepts of adaptive capacity, adaptive governance, and resiliencewithin a social and environmental framework. It provides a review of how these concepts support aparadigm shift to mitigating current and future challenges—understood through a multidisciplinaryapproach, and how scholars have sought to develop a blueprint to improve the need to foster and mobilizeadaptive capacity within the governance of the commons. In Sweden, key governmental and businessleaders have shown the ability to foster environmental governance that is capable of developing analternative form of planning, implementing, and managing public policy. Moreover, Sweden’s concertedmultilevel governance and public policy efforts have promoted an all-encompassing generational, mainlythrough: coordinated environmental policies and private, public, and civil society partnerships. Theseinitiatives have led to innovative technologies and projects (e.g. urban vertical farming technology) as wellas cross collaboration and integration of companies and industries in order to achieve economic, social,and environmentally symbiosis.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 77 p.
Keyword [en]
Adaptive capacity; social-ecological framework; resiliency; adaptive co-management; systems thinking; vertical farming; urban agriculture; symbiotic relationships
National Category
Environmental Sciences related to Agriculture and Land-use Public Administration Studies Environmental Management Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies) Globalization Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-128279ISRN: LIU-IEI-FIL-A--16/02168—SEOAI: diva2:930629
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Master's Programme in International and European Relations
Available from: 2016-05-25 Created: 2016-05-24 Last updated: 2016-05-25Bibliographically approved

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