Exploring Change Agents in Watershed Governance: The Case of Lake Mälaren, Sweden.
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 40 credits / 60 HE creditsStudent thesis
The world is changing rapidly and it has become increasingly important to build resilience, through adaptation and transformation, to maintain the ecosystem services that watersheds provide. The importance of change agents to prepare for and navigate the transformation, as well as build resilience in the new state has been highlighted by scholars, however not in a comprehensive way, but rather as a final conclusion. This study investigates the role and perceptions of change agents around Lake Mälaren, Sweden. Through in-depth interviews, it explores incentives for change, visions, and strategies to reach those visions. The findings show that many actors without holistic and overarching governance creates dissatisfaction among change agent. Components of their visions are shared: well-functioning ecosystems that provide ecosystem services in the future, and to achieve legislated goals. Their strategy on how to reach their vision diverge: powerful political decisions and stricter steering, or changes in values and the inclusion of local knowledge of citizens. This study adds nuance to visions, highlights the importance of a common strategy and that collaboration is key to maintain the future provision of the essential ecosystem services watersheds provide.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 41 p.
Change agents, transformations, resilience, water governance
Other Natural Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-131596OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-131596DiVA: diva2:940922
Borgström, Sara, PhDSellberg, My, PhD student
Enfors Kautsky, Elin, PhD