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Knowledge integration in the management of coastal conflicts in urban areas: Two cases from Sweden

Journal article
Authors Olga Stepanova
Published in Journal of Environmental Planning and Management
Volume 57
Issue 11
Pages 1658-1682
ISSN 0964-0568
Publication year 2014
Published at School of Global Studies, Human Ecology
Pages 1658-1682
Language en
Keywords natural resource use; coastal conflicts; resource management; urban areas; Sweden; sustainable development
Subject categories Other Earth and Related Environmental Sciences, Sociology, Human Geography, Other Social Sciences


High anthropogenic pressure on coastal ecosystems, competition for natural resources and climate change are major challenges to the sustainable management of coastal areas. Two cases of resource use conflicts in coastal urban areas in the south and west of Sweden analysed here illustrate these challenges. The social practices of using and integrating knowledge and joint learning in conflict resolution show that dominant actors and their knowledge practices have a strong influence on conflict resolution and its outcomes. Improved conflict resolution requires more efforts to achieve knowledge integration and joint learning of stakeholders in open, dialogue-based strategies in all phases of the resolution process.

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