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Hagbert, P., Perjo, L. & Nyblom, Å. (2022). Taking the lead or following norms? Examining intersections of power in sustainability transitions in Swedish housing associations. Environmental Sociology, 8(2), 187-198
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Taking the lead or following norms? Examining intersections of power in sustainability transitions in Swedish housing associations
2022 (English)In: Environmental Sociology, ISSN 2325-1042, Vol. 8, no 2, p. 187-198Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this paper, we explore narratives of sustainability in housing and everyday life, positing the home as an ‘opportunity space’ for sustainability transitions. Case studies of three Swedish housing associations provide empirical insights on how sustainability is understood and practiced among residents. Addressing aspects of power and problem framing in sustainability transitions, we analyse how sustainability engagements in the associations are shaped by intersecting discourses, power relations and norms relating to age, gender, class and ethnicity. The analysis suggests that reflexivity on sustainability in the associations on one hand links to different sustainability approaches, which relate to assumptions regarding who can become engaged and the organisation of the associations’ work. On the other hand, narratives and practices of ‘doing sustainability’ are made sense of in different ways, where issues of for whom, the type of knowledge that is premiered, and the ‘upscaling’ of initiatives pose challenges for a more inclusive and transformative approach to sustainability in housing associations. Taken together, this creates different conditions for sustainability transitions in housing and everyday life, shaped both by norms of who and what is seen as sustainable, and by structures that outline the space for action for the associations and their residents. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Informa UK Limited, 2022
Keywords
Housing, intersectional analysis, ecofeminism, sustainability transitions, Sweden
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Energy Systems Gender Studies
Research subject
Planning and Decision Analysis, Urban and Regional Studies; Architecture, Critical Studies; Planning and Decision Analysis, Strategies for sustainable development
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-305564 (URN)10.1080/23251042.2021.1997386 (DOI)000713048400001 ()2-s2.0-85118441198 (Scopus ID)
Projects
Könad Hållbarhet: normkritiskt utforskande av energipraktiker för omställning av vardagslivet
Funder
Swedish Energy Agency, 46995-1
Note

QC 20211221

Available from: 2021-12-03 Created: 2021-12-03 Last updated: 2024-02-22Bibliographically approved
Hagbert, P., Nyblom, Å. & Isaksson, K. (2021). Approaching Change: Exploring Cracks in the Eco-Modern Sustainability Paradigm. Environmental Values, 30(5), 613-634
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Approaching Change: Exploring Cracks in the Eco-Modern Sustainability Paradigm
2021 (English)In: Environmental Values, ISSN 0963-2719, E-ISSN 1752-7015, Vol. 30, no 5, p. 613-634Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Sustainability discourse offers a plethora of perspectives on the type of change needed to ensure a just development within planetary boundaries, and how that change could come about. Calls for radical transformations nonetheless underline the need to examine prevalent discursive structures in society, including challenging the 'ideology of growth', in order to formulate new and transformative policy approaches. Based on empirical insights as to how different actors - including grassroots, planners, officials and politicians - in Sweden perceive the transformations needed to reach sustainability goals, this paper explores how narratives of change reproduce, make use of or show cracks in the eco-modern sustainability paradigm.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
White Horse Press, 2021
Keywords
Transformation, beyond growth, policy, planning, Sweden
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-301819 (URN)10.3197/096327120X16033868459467 (DOI)000691326700005 ()2-s2.0-85114192746 (Scopus ID)
Note

QC 20210916

Available from: 2021-09-16 Created: 2021-09-16 Last updated: 2022-06-25Bibliographically approved
Hagbert, P., Nyblom, Å. & Isaksson, K. (2020). Approaching change: exploring cracks in the eco-modern sustainability paradigm. Environmental Values
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Approaching change: exploring cracks in the eco-modern sustainability paradigm
2020 (English)In: Environmental Values, ISSN 0963-2719, E-ISSN 1752-7015Article in journal (Refereed) In press
Abstract [en]

Sustainability discourse offers a plethora of perspectives on the type of change needed to ensure a just development within planetary boundaries, and how that change could come about. Calls for radical transformations nonetheless underline the need for examining prevalent discursive structures in society, including challenging the ‘ideology of growth’, in order to formulate new and transformative policy approaches. Based in empirical insights on how different actors – including grassroots, planners, officials and politicians – in Sweden perceive the transformations needed to reach sustainability goals, this paper explores how narratives of change reproduce, make use of or offer cracks in the eco-modern sustainability paradigm.

Keywords
transformation; beyond growth; policy; planning; Sweden
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Research subject
Planning and Decision Analysis, Urban and Regional Studies; Planning and Decision Analysis, Strategies for sustainable development
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-282547 (URN)
Projects
Bortom BNP-tillväxt: scenarier för ett hållbart samhällsbyggande
Funder
Swedish Research Council Formas, 2013-1842
Note

QCR 20201201

Available from: 2020-09-29 Created: 2020-09-29 Last updated: 2022-06-25Bibliographically approved
Hagbert, P. (2020). Co-housing as a socio-ecologically sustainable alternative?. In: Pernilla Hagbert, Henrik Gutzon Larsen, Håkan Thörn, Cathrin Wasshede (Ed.), Contemporary Co-housing in Europe Towards Sustainable Cities?: (pp. 183-201). London: Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Co-housing as a socio-ecologically sustainable alternative?
2020 (English)In: Contemporary Co-housing in Europe Towards Sustainable Cities? / [ed] Pernilla Hagbert, Henrik Gutzon Larsen, Håkan Thörn, Cathrin Wasshede, London: Routledge, 2020, p. 183-201Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Co-housing has been framed as an answer to demands on reducing the ecological impact from the built environment and on modern ecological friendly lifestyles, with a growing group of socially and environmentally conscious residents pursuing alternative housing solutions. Yet claims of sustainability in co-housing must also be understood in relation to a prevalent ‘ecological modernisation’ logic in contemporary urban governance. This chapter explores whether co-housing can be seen as part of a more fundamental transition to a sustainable society within planetary boundaries, or whether it rather might serve as an example of incremental, yet insufficient change within current systems. Utilising the analytical framework of ‘weak’ and ‘strong’ sustainability, and the dichotomy between collective action and individual responsibilisation, the chapter discusses in what way co-housing can be understood as a sustainable way of living. While co-housing could be dismissed as merely offering a slightly ‘greener’ middle-class lifestyle choice, it might also pose a more radical socio-ecological alternative, based in principles of anti-consumerist, collaborative, and low-impact everyday practices, where the meso-level of collective action of the co-housing community might be an important arena for pursuing far-reaching sustainability transitions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Routledge, 2020
Keywords
Socio-ecological; sustainability; co-housing; transition
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Research subject
Planning and Decision Analysis, Urban and Regional Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-265658 (URN)10.4324/9780429450174-10 (DOI)2-s2.0-85099594086 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond
Note

QC 20210915

Available from: 2019-12-19 Created: 2019-12-19 Last updated: 2023-03-21Bibliographically approved
Thörn, H., Larsen, H. G., Hagbert, P. & Wasshede, C. (2020). Co-housing, sustainable urban development and governance: An introduction. In: Pernilla Hagbert, Henrik Gutzon Larsen, Håkan Thörn, Cathrin Wasshede (Ed.), Contemporary Co-housing in Europe Towards Sustainable Cities?: (pp. 1-20). London: Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Co-housing, sustainable urban development and governance: An introduction
2020 (English)In: Contemporary Co-housing in Europe Towards Sustainable Cities? / [ed] Pernilla Hagbert, Henrik Gutzon Larsen, Håkan Thörn, Cathrin Wasshede, London: Routledge, 2020, p. 1-20Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Co-housing is often lauded as an alternative housing form offering a more socially, ecologically and economically sustainable way of living. This book takes its departure in the need for a critical exploration of co-housing in the context of sustainable urban development, beyond the normative approach that often characterizes co-housing research. Based on a four-year research project involving in-depth studies of co-housing in and around major cities in Sweden, Denmark, Germany and Spain, the empirical and theoretical contributions presented in the book explore how co-housing developments can be understood and contextualized in urban sustainability discourses and policies in Europe today. The introductory chapter outlines the analytical and contextual framework of the book. After a brief description of the definitions used and the research approach taken, the chapter introduces a discussion on the discourse of sustainable development, to frame the ‘sustainability problems’ that co-housing is perceived to solve. Analytically, it is found relevant to distinguish between two contextual dimensions of co-housing: (1) urban civil society; and (2) urban governance. These contextual dimensions, in turn, are argued to relate to two key facets of co-housing, as recurring themes throughout the book: revolving around forms of community, and forms of autonomy.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Routledge, 2020
Keywords
co-housing, collaborative housing, sustainable urban development, governance, ecological sustainability, social sustainability
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Human Geography
Research subject
Planning and Decision Analysis, Urban and Regional Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-265655 (URN)10.4324/9780429450174-1 (DOI)2-s2.0-85099548913 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond
Note

QC 20210920

Available from: 2019-12-19 Created: 2019-12-19 Last updated: 2022-06-26Bibliographically approved
Hagbert, P. (2020). Contemporary Co-housing in Europe: Towards Sustainable Cities?. London: Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Contemporary Co-housing in Europe: Towards Sustainable Cities?
2020 (English)Book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This book investigates co-housing as an alternative housing form in relation to sustainable urban development. Co-housing is often lauded as a more sustainable way of living. The primary aim of this book is to critically explore co-housing in the context of wider social, economic, political and environmental developments. This volume fills a gap in the literature by contextualising co-housing and related housing forms. With focus on Denmark, Sweden, Hamburg and Barcelona, the book presents general analyses of co-housing in these contexts and provides specific discussions of co-housing in relation to local government, urban activism, family life, spatial logics and socio-ecology. This book will be of interest to students and researchers in a broad range of social-scientific fields concerned with housing, urban development and sustainability, as well as to planners, decision-makers and activists.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Routledge, 2020. p. 220
Keywords
co-housing, sustainable urban development, governance, gentrification, civil society, ecological sustainability, social sustainability
National Category
Social and Economic Geography Sociology Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Research subject
Planning and Decision Analysis, Urban and Regional Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-265651 (URN)10.4324/9780429450174 (DOI)2-s2.0-85104689869 (Scopus ID)9780429450174 (ISBN)
Funder
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond
Note

QC 20220810

Available from: 2019-12-19 Created: 2019-12-19 Last updated: 2022-08-10Bibliographically approved
Hagbert, P., Wangel, J. & Broms, L. (2020). Exploring the Potential for Just Urban Transformations in Light of Eco-Modernist Imaginaries of Sustainability. Urban Planning, 5(4)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Exploring the Potential for Just Urban Transformations in Light of Eco-Modernist Imaginaries of Sustainability
2020 (English)In: Urban Planning, E-ISSN 2183-7635, Vol. 5, no 4Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article approaches urban ethics through critically examining the production and reproduction of an eco-modern socio-technical imaginary of sustainable urban development in Sweden, and the conditions and obstacles this poses for a just transformation. We see that notions of ecological modernization re-present problems of urban sustainability in ways that do not challenge the predominant regime, but rather uphold unjust power relations. More particularly, through an approach inspired by critical discourse analysis, we uncover what these problem representations entail, deconstructing what we find as three cornerstones of an eco-modern imaginary that obstruct the emergence of a more ethically-engaged understanding of urban sustainability. The first concerns which scales and system boundaries are constructed as relevant, and how this results in some modes and places of production and consumption being constructed as more efficient—and sustainable—than others. The second cornerstone has to do with what resources and ways of using them (including mediating technologies) are foregrounded and constructed as more important in relation to sustainability than others. The third cornerstone concerns the construction of subjectivities, through which some types of people and practices are put forth as more efficient—and sustainable—than others. Utilizing a critical speculative design approach, we explore a selection of alternative problem representations, and finally discuss these in relation to the possibility of affording a more ethical urban design and planning practice.

Keywords
eco-modern; efficiency; design; sustainability; urban transformation
National Category
Design Other Civil Engineering Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Research subject
Planning and Decision Analysis, Strategies for sustainable development; Planning and Decision Analysis, Urban and Regional Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-282546 (URN)10.17645/up.v5i4.3302 (DOI)000590951900010 ()2-s2.0-85098952904 (Scopus ID)
Projects
Beyond Efficiency
Funder
Swedish Energy Agency, 43662-1
Note

QC 20201130

Available from: 2020-09-29 Created: 2020-09-29 Last updated: 2022-06-25Bibliographically approved
Isaksson, K. & Hagbert, P. (2020). Institutional capacity to integrate ‘radical’ perspectives on sustainability in small municipalities: experiences from Sweden. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 36, 83-93
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Institutional capacity to integrate ‘radical’ perspectives on sustainability in small municipalities: experiences from Sweden
2020 (English)In: Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, ISSN 2210-4224, E-ISSN 2210-4232, Vol. 36, p. 83-93Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study explores the local municipality as an important arena for developing and implementing initiatives for a transition to long-term sustainable development. It focuses on institutional conditions that support the integration of ‘radical’, transition-oriented perspectives and ideas (i.e. perspectives stressing the need for changed social power relations and ‘other’ norms and visions for the future,) in local governance, with a specific focus on small municipalities. Inspired by transition literature and theory on institutional capacity, the paper explores frames of reference, relational resources, and mobilisation capacity. Empirically, the paper builds on research in two small municipalities in Sweden, where we studied documents on policy for local development, and energy and land-use planning, and carried out qualitative interviews with politicians, planners, and actors from local industry and civil society. The study provides a rich empirical illustration of specific conditions that affect the possibilities to work with transition-oriented perspectives in small municipalities.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier BV, 2020
Keywords
politics, local municipality, Institutional capacity, sustainability transitions, planning, radical
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Planning and Decision Analysis, Urban and Regional Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-282544 (URN)10.1016/j.eist.2020.05.002 (DOI)000570180600007 ()2-s2.0-85085917937 (Scopus ID)
Projects
Bortom BNP-tillväxt: scenarier för ett hållbart samhällsbyggande
Funder
Swedish Research Council Formas, 2013-1842
Note

QC 20201006

Available from: 2020-09-29 Created: 2020-09-29 Last updated: 2022-06-25Bibliographically approved
Hagbert, P. & Malmqvist, T. (2019). Actors in transition: shifting roles in Swedish sustainable housing development. Journal of Housing and the Built Environment
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Actors in transition: shifting roles in Swedish sustainable housing development
2019 (English)In: Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, ISSN 1566-4910, E-ISSN 1573-7772Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In planning for a future that fulfils sustainability goals, there is a need to explore how roles taken in socio-ecological transitions are perceived among different types of actors. Empirical insights from interviews with diverse actors involved in Swedish housing development are presented, addressing the roles, conflicting logics and power relations between different sectoral categories of actors and at different organizational levels. Key aspects that emerge relate to the shift from state to market in contemporary Swedish housing development, where private companies emphasize their role in shaping societal development as inherent to working with sustainability. Conflicting logics can be found between short-term economic interests and long-term planning and policy, as well as intra-organizational differences in competency and leadership. Conclusions point to that the role of third sector or community actors in pushing agendas and norms to bring about transitions could be acknowledged further. Yet there is a need to examine the power relations currently reproduced, and how these could be challenged in future housing development. This includes critically assessing the potential for new types of actors and cross-sectoral collaborations, but also instigating more fundamental discussions of the kind of society strived for, and the radical transitions needed.

Keywords
Sustainability transitions Housing development Multi-actor perspective Roles
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-256053 (URN)10.1007/s10901-019-09695-7 (DOI)000483725500003 ()2-s2.0-85068864849 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Swedish Research Council Formas, 2013-1842
Note

QC 20190903

Available from: 2019-08-16 Created: 2019-08-16 Last updated: 2022-06-26Bibliographically approved
Thörn, H., Larsen, H. G., Hagbert, P. & Wasshede, C. (2019). Constraints and possibilities for co-housing to address contemporary urban and ecological crises: A conclusion. In: Contemporary Co-housing in Europe: Towards Sustainable Cities?: (pp. 202-213). Taylor and Francis Inc.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Constraints and possibilities for co-housing to address contemporary urban and ecological crises: A conclusion
2019 (English)In: Contemporary Co-housing in Europe: Towards Sustainable Cities?, Taylor and Francis Inc. , 2019, p. 202-213Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor and Francis Inc., 2019
National Category
Human Geography Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-301491 (URN)2-s2.0-85104751939 (Scopus ID)
Note

ISBN Complete book: 9780429450174, QC 20210920

Available from: 2021-09-20 Created: 2021-09-20 Last updated: 2022-06-25Bibliographically approved
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