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Roger Hildingsson

Roger Hildingsson

Forskare

Roger Hildingsson

Sustainable welfare in Swedish cities : Challenges of eco-social integration in urban sustainability governance

Författare

  • Jamil Khan
  • Roger Hildingsson
  • Lisa Garting

Summary, in English

In this paper, we study the integration of ecological sustainability and social welfare concerns in cities. Efforts to handle ecological challenges risk having negative impacts on equality and social welfare. While current levels of consumption and material welfare are unsustainable, there is a need for more sustainable approaches to welfare and wellbeing. Still, ecological and social concerns in urban governance are treated as separated topics. Based on text analysis of policy documents and qualitative interviews, we study how ecological and social welfare concerns are being addressed and integrated into urban planning in three Swedish cities (Stockholm, Göteborg, Malmö). Theoretically, the paper draws on conceptualizations of sustainable welfare, social and ecological sustainability, and policy integration. We find ecological and social welfare concerns being acknowledged as interconnected and we see signs of an emerging sustainable welfare agenda in the cities, e.g., around Agenda 2030. However, in practice, eco-social policy integration is only established to a limited degree, for instance in neighborhood development, transport planning, and green city planning. Issues of ecological justice and equity and the relationship between socioeconomic factors and consumption-related environmental impacts are hardly addressed. Thus, much remains to be done for eco-social policy integration to materialize at the urban level.

Avdelning/ar

  • Miljö- och energisystem
  • Statsvetenskapliga institutionen
  • BECC - Biodiversity and Ecosystem services in a Changing Climate

Publiceringsår

2020

Språk

Engelska

Sidor

1-17

Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie

Sustainability (Switzerland)

Volym

12

Issue

1

Dokumenttyp

Artikel i tidskrift

Förlag

MDPI AG

Ämne

  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

Nyckelord

  • Eco-social integration
  • Governance
  • Policy integration
  • Sustainable welfare
  • Urban planning

Status

Published

Projekt

  • The New Urban Challenge? Models of Sustainable Welfare in Swedish Metropolitan Cities

ISBN/ISSN/Övrigt

  • ISSN: 2071-1050