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New project on the role of tourism in sustainable spatial planning


The purpose of this Formas call is to promote the development of methods and tools, which can contribute research results to be transformed into practice and have a societal impact for sustainable spatial planning. The project “Towards sustainable governance of Swedish tourism: Co-creative strategies for sustainable spatial planning in the public tourism sector” received funding for 2 years (2019 – 2021) with a total budget of 1,94 million SEK.

The aim of the project is to bridge the gaps between municipalities’, sub-regional and regional spatial planning and tourism development, by aligning tourism management within sustainable spatial planning through co-creative reflexive processes of knowledge capacity-building. The project builds on previous embedded research focusing on the public tourism sector’s limited engagement in sustainable spatial planning specifically, the limited attention given to the underlying prerequisites for how the public tourism sector can develop a well-informed, holistic and strategic governance. The project’s originality lies in its innovative approach to public governance of tourism, with a clear focus on sustainable spatial planning in practice, the ability to reach actual practical and societal change through co-creation research - practice through experienced and innovative methods and operations and, its established networks of relevant stakeholders through ongoing embedded research.

Funding body: Formas within The National Research Program for Sustainable Spatial Planning

Project start: December 2019

Project team:
Kristina Lindström (project leader),,
Chiara Rinaldi,  
Klara Börjesson Ahlqvist,