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Urban sustainable development from a place-based and a system-based approach: Case study Malmö

  • Sabina Andrén
Publiceringsår: 2009
Språk: Engelska
Dokumenttyp: Konferensbidrag


This paper discusses urban sustainable development by comparing two approaches: a place-based sustainability approach which focuses the direct and often production based impacts on a region, and a system-based approach which reveals the indirect and consumption based effects of globalised patterns of production, consumption and trade. Malmö, a small/middle-sized city in Sweden, is used as a case study. While many improvements have been made in the local environment the big challenge is the fact that Malmö, as well as other modern urban regions, has a large and globally dispersed Ecological footprint. That is, in the course of modernization and deindustrialisation of many European cities, the ecological (and social) burden from a continued high level of material and energy consumption has changed from a local and contemporaneous problem into a global and complex sustainability challenge.


  • Social and Economic Geography
  • and city governance
  • sustainable development
  • Urban
  • socio-ecological system
  • ecological footprint


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