Research on local and regional developmentMy research has mainly touched upon aspects of local and regional development and planning. In my thesis: Becoming the Attractive Region – A Study of
Contemporary Regionalization Processes I explored different expressions of regionalism(s) and regionalisation processes. The two case studies represented two different kind of regions, Värmland and the Scandinavian 8 Million City. The study showed how a strong focus on city-regions as growth engines, competitiveness and a place attractiveness have become the norm for regional development and planning.
After finalizing my thesis I was part of several research projects on the transformation to a sustainable forest-based bioeconomy. The main focus of the projects has been on the role of regional innovation systems in the transformation to a more sustainable society. A transition to sustainable forest-based bioeconomy does not only involve a change of production systems but also a change of consumer behaviours, norms and values. The challenge of achieving sustainability is the need to transform the whole society, which requires structural changes beyond production chains. We need more knowledge of sustainability transition processes, for example, about the role of civil society in developing social innovations, ecosystem services or active participation in regional innovation systems.