This sub-project analyses the municipalities' opportunities to both create the best conditions for large external investments and secure the goal of a sustainable future.
The researchers want to investigate how municipalities can balance local, municipal, and regional ambitions with the interests of both private and public, national and international actors. For example, how to balance the needs of different groups of residents – with different ages, classes, genders, ethnicity/race and place of residence (rural/urban) – against the new demands on the municipality that come with the green transformation?
The research wants to investigate questions such as:
Who are the municipalities planning for, and has this changed due to the current investments in Northvolt and H2 Green steel?
How have these priorities developed since the previous major industrial transformation of northern Sweden in the early 1900s?
How are the planning processes organized and which actors are involved?
What kind of conflicts can be identified between different actors, in particular with regard to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda?
What changes are needed to create more sustainable planning?