ISSUE - Integrating Sustainability Strategies in Urban Environments

Project leader: Berit Balfors

Project participants from KTH: Johan Högström, Ivo Martinac, Vladimir Cvekovic, Ulla Mörtberg, Peter Brokking; Sara Borgström

Partners: Stockholm Resilience Center, Stockholm University; Sweco Environment AB; Skanska; Riksbyggen; Nacka municipality; Täby municipality; City of Stockholm; Knivsta municipality; Upplands-Väsby municipality

Funder: FORMAS and Bolin Centre RA7

Project period: 2015-2018

Project description

The overall aim of the project is to develop innovative strategies to support sustainable development in urban and peri-urban areas, advance knowledge regarding sustainability through multi-stakeholder collaboration and analyse future developments. An innovative research design is applied to facilitate an open dialogue between key stakeholders on novel solutions for sustainable development in the context of ongoing developments and local and regional challenges. These developments and challenges are represented in Test Beds in the Stockholm-Uppsala region. A Think Tank is connected to each Test Bed with representatives from KTH, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Skanska, SWECO, Riksbyggen; Knivsta, Nacka, Täby and Upplands-Väsby municipalities and the City of Stockholm. The Think Tanks are formed around current challenges on:

  • strategies and processes for sustainable urban development,
  • social sustainability,
  • ecosystem services and blue-green solutions,
  • energy solutions from a systems perspective, and
  • digital tools for analysis and planning.

The Think Tanks meet in the Project Assembly and will together; analyse strengths, challenges and shortcomings in existing planning practice that affect sustainable urban development; identify and evaluate indicators, methods and tools that provide an analytical support in the search for innovative solutions for sustainable development; and develop innovative solutions for materializing sustainable urban development based on stakeholder collaboration and comprehensive solutions.

Information: Berit Balfors, balfors(at)kth.se

Publications

2017

Högström, J., 2017. Towards sustainable urban development in expansive urban regions: Conditions and challenges for municipal spatial planning practice, TRITA-SEED-LIC 2017:01. KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, 15 pp.

2017

Lundgren, K., 2017. Planning support for reducing risks related to flooding : A case study of flood response in Kista residential area and Igelbäcken stream, Sweden, TRITA-LWR Degree Project 2017:13. Department of Sustainable Development, Environmental Science and Engineering, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.

2017

Lundgren, K., Kalantari, Z., Mörtberg, U., Samuelsson, H., 2017. Planning support for reducing risks related to flooding in the Stockholm Region. Poster presented at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly, 23-28 April 2017 in Vienna, Austria.

2017

Stenfors, E. and Alesund, M., 2017. Digital tools and data in the Detailed Planning process in Stockholm municipality - A conclusive needs assessment and SWOT analysis, TRITA-LWR Degree Project 2017:07. Department of Sustainable Development, Environmental Science and Engineering, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.

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