Local initiative for regional development

Authors: Kristina Trygg*, Linköping University
Topics: Economic Geography, Human-Environment Geography, Urban and Regional Planning
Keywords: Regional development, biogas, transport, fossil free, collaborations
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM
Room: Bayside C, Sheraton, 4th Floor
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This paper explores local initiative for regional development. The aim is to map and understand local actor’s actions and involvements in biogas development in Swedish municipalities. The empirical material is from a Swedish municipality and a vision to become fossil free, with a focus on the transport sector. The study design involves interviews, policy document, strategies and programs. The interviews is with actors involved involved in this business network to be able to understand social values and the barriers and driving forces for this development. The incitement is a business network to work together to achieve this goal. This collaboration is between actors, to share knowledge, contacts and know-how. To be able to understand a study of the plannig and decision-making in this business network have been done. Often the planing and decisions-making needs to be taken in a wider context, e.g. not only in one municipality. For the concluding analyzing part the concept of “side-by-side-ness” is used for understanding how the actors in the network makes up the planning and decision-making process for regional development. Hence, policy document, management, environmental system and social values is analysed in this business network incentive.

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