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Stockholm University, Stockholm Resilience Centre.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 40 credits / 60 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In the study of social-ecological systems, matching scales of social and ecologicalprocesses is regarded as a key factor for the effectiveness of institutions in governanceof natural resources. Urban regions are heterogeneous systems often more prone tosocial-ecological scales mismatches. The landscape in Stockholm County presentshigh levels of ecological connectivity through large contiguous green areas extendingfrom city core outwards – i.e. green wedges. These areas are commonly intersected bymunicipal boundaries. In this context, inter-municipal collaboration is deemed as acornerstone to avoid fragmentation of regional green structure and to alignmanagement scales in the face of urban development and change. I use the networkperspective to investigate how collaborative efforts between Stockholm Countymunicipalities are used as a strategy to deal with scale mismatches. Inter-municipalcollaborations vary in degree, from informal exchange of information to jointplanning and may occur under a range of “management themes”. I investigate thegeneral characteristics and relationship between collaboration networks of parks,forest and water management. I explore the role of different municipalities in thesenetworks and assess patterns of collaborations among municipalities sharing greenwedges and municipal borders. Informal collaborations, in the form of exchange ofinformation, are a major component of these networks. Municipal borders are not theonly determinant of collaborative efforts. Social-ecological mismatches with potentialimplication to the maintenance of regional ecological processes have been identified.I discuss these findings in the light of a theoretical model of network governance thatcombines ecological scales and social network structure at multiple scales.

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2012. , 51 p.
Keyword [en]
Social-ecological mismatch, network, collaboration, regional planning, Stockholm
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-74845OAI: diva2:512438
Life Earth Science
Available from: 2012-03-27 Created: 2012-03-27 Last updated: 2012-05-07Bibliographically approved

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