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The Influences of an Eco-village towards Urban Sustainability: A case study of two Swedish eco-villages
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Scholars who study grassroots innovations argue that small-scale community-led urban projects can serve as catalysts accelerating sustainability, by spreading their techniques and practices into a broader society. This thesis explores the claim by investigating influences of two Swedish eco-villages through two spheres: individual and whole eco-village project basis-influence. The study finds that living in the eco-villages helped the residents to reinforce their environmental behaviours. Also both projects had an indirect impact on the housing companies and the municipalities in light of knowledge building and inspiration. However, there was little evidence that ideas and techniques from the eco-villages were adopted by the higher institutional levels. The findings indicate a need for linking grassroots urban projects to municipal programmes. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 83 p.
Examensarbete vid Institutionen för geovetenskaper, ISSN 1650-6553 ; 312
Keyword [en]
Sustainable Development, Eco-villages, Environmental behaviour, Grassroots Innovations
National Category
Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-302636OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-302636DiVA: diva2:962977
Educational program
Master Programme in Sustainable Development
2016-08-22, 13:30 (English)
Available from: 2016-09-12 Created: 2016-09-07 Last updated: 2016-09-12Bibliographically approved

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