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Strategizing sustainability: The case of River City, Gothenburg

Journal article
Authors Sara Brorström
Published in Cities
Volume 42
Issue PartA
Pages 25-30
ISSN 0264-2751
Publication year 2015
Published at Gothenburg Research Institute (GRI)
Centre for Business in Society
Mistra Urban Futures
Pages 25-30
Language en
Keywords Sustainability practice, Strategies, City visions, Ethnography, City conflicts, Politics
Subject categories Business Administration, Public Administration Studies


This article deals with how sustainable initiatives enfolds in practice by a rich empirical case of the city of Gothenburg in western Sweden. Here a two-year project of drafting vision and strategies for the city was completed with the aim to create a sustainable future city. The article highlights the hidden side of sustainability work and contributes to the growing literature of critical engagement with sustainability practice. The article demonstrates that, despite good intentions to create a sustainable city, practical considerations can hinder agreement on how to act, where one problem is the strive for consensus in a setting in which consensus is not, and should not be, possible. Instead, the risk is that the sustainability work will become mired in symbolic battles as the deadline approaches.

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