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Schizotopia: on small islands and sustainability: Reflections from the two collaborative projects Circular Water Challenge and Pelago
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History, History of Science, Technology and Environment.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0611-7512
Nordiska Skärgårdssamarbetet.
Ecoloop AB.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1317-2269
Skärgårdsstiftelsen.
2024 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Coastal areas in many high-income countries face complex challenges of de-population, geographic conditions, and sensitive ecosystems. At the same time, they offer attractive leisure activities and nature for summer residents and visitors. This report summarizes experiences and observations from action-oriented collaboration in island communities of the Baltic Sea specifically focused on sustainable water and sanitation. A co-productive approach was employed where researchers and students collaborated with residents, municipal and regional authorities, conservation organisations, landowners, and private sector actors. Our findings indicate that co-productive approaches are beneficial and can complement formal structures, although we note several challenges to efficient collaboration. Most importantly, we identify an uneven temporal distribution of population that conflicts with the natural fluctuation of water availability as a key factor that affects, and in some cases blocks, positive outcomes. We propose the concept of schizotope (split landscape) to describe this seasonal variation. We argue that schizotopes pose serious challenges to co-production and sustainable development of islands in general, which need much more attention in regional policy and in research.

Abstract [sv]

Kustområden i många höginkomstländer står inför komplexa utmaningar med avbefolkning, speciella geografiska förhållanden och känsliga ekosystem. Samtidigt erbjuder de attraktiva fritidsaktiviteter och naturupplevelser för sommargäster och besökare. Denna rapport sammanfattar erfarenheter och observationer från åtgärdsinriktat samarbete på öar i Östersjön med fokus på hållbara vatten- och sanitetslösningar. En samskapande metod användes där forskare och studenter samarbetade med boende, kommunala och regionala myndigheter, naturvårdsorganisationer, markägare och aktörer inom privat sektor. Våra resultat indikerar fördelar med samproducerande metoder som kompletterar formella strukturer, även om vi noterar flera utmaningar för effektivt samarbete. Framför allt identifierar vi en ojämn tidsmässig fördelning av befolkningstryck vilket kontrasterar med naturliga fluktuationer i vattentillgång som en nyckelfaktor som påverkar, och i vissa fall hindrar, positiva resultat. Vi föreslår begreppet "schizotop" (uppdelat landskap) för att beskriva denna säsongsmässiga variation. Vi argumenterar för att schizotoper utgör allvarliga utmaningar för samproduktion och hållbar utveckling av öar i allmänhet, vilket behöver mycket mer uppmärksamhet inom regional politik och forskning.

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Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2024. , p. 19
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TRITA-ABE-RPT ; 243
Keywords [en]
small islands;, coastal management; sustainable development; water and sanitation; co-production
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Other Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-342590OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-342590DiVA, id: diva2:1831195
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Vinnova, 2019-04715
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