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Sustainability in public housing companies

PhD project at the industrial Doctoral School at Umeå University.

Sofia Långström's project aims to investigate how sustainability is translated in Public Municipal Housing companies and how the translation of sustainability is affected by institutional logics. This is done by exploring how the housing company works with sustainability in various processes.

Project overview

Project period:

2016-09-01 2021-09-10

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Umeå School of Business, Economics and Statistics

Research area

Business administration

Project description

The goal is to develop a greater understanding of how sustainability is included in businesses in general, but with a focus on public housing companies in particular. These face many challenges due to the growing pressure on public housing companies to act sustainably while at the same time acting in accordance with business principles and giving a certain return to their owner, the municipality. The project also coincides with the public benefit climate initiative, which aims to reduce the public benefit climate impact until 2030.

The project is based on institutional theory and institutional logics to investigate how these are handled by the organization. Institutional pressures can come from, for example, laws and regulations, and institutional logics are, for example, market logic or social logic. Processes that are analyzed are a renovation project and the sustainability reporting. Within the project, interactions with other organizations in the vicinity of the non-profit housing company will also be included.

The project is also carried out in collaboration with the Department of Applied Physics and Electronics and their industrial doctoral candidate Helena Nydahl.

Latest update: 2020-08-07