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Title [sv]
Legitimacy, Urban Planning and Sustainability in Russia and Sweden (LUPSRUSS)
Title [en]
Legitimacy, Urban Planning and Sustainability in Russia and Sweden (LUPSRUSS)
Abstract [en]

The LUPSRUSS project, funded by the Swedish International Centre for Local Democracy (ICLD), and in turn by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), sought to examine the processes of urban planning in Sweden and Russia, with a focus on legitimacy. Through paired comparison of different examples of urban planning, this project gave insight into the quality of governance and citizen involvement at the local level.

The LUPSRUSS project was also capacity-building, drawing on existing networks and fostering new links between scholars, local government units and other stakeholders in Sweden, Russia and Denmark.  The project team comprised 13 scholars and practitioners from Sweden, Russia, Denmark and Ireland.

The LUPSRUSS project had three main foci, with a comparative focus on Sweden and Russia, and some juxtaposition with Denmark:

  • study of the politics, processes and actors involved in sustainable planning and development, in a number of comparable regions and municipalities in each country;
  • examination of the toolbox of methods for involving of local citizens in decisions about their urban environments;
  • an evaluation of inclusive city planning – the ways in which the needs of all (particularly those with functional variation) are incorporated into the urban environment.

A fourth spin-off has been the facilitation of contact between different municipalities, through the intermediary role of the LUPSRUSS researchers.

In Sweden, the project has looked at the municipalities/cities of Malmö, Åstorp, Kiruna and Gällivare.  In Russia, the cities and regions of St Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, Petrozavodsk, Kostomuksha and Aramil. In Denmark, the town of Hørve (Odsherred municipality).  Although these are the primary foci, it has also involved discussions with people from other towns in all three countries, including Moscow and Ul’yanovsk in Russia, and various municipalities in Sweden and Denmark.


Involved organisations: AFARkitektur (Denmark); Higher School of Economics, St Petersburg (Russia); North-Western Institute of Management, RANEPA - Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (Russia); Petrozavodsk State University (Russia); St. Pe

Financers: Swedish International Centre for Local Democracy (ICLD)


Project OfficerHutcheson, Derek Stanford
Co-InvestigatorPetersson, Bo
Co-InvestigatorOlsson, Lina
Co-InvestigatorHansson, Cecilia
Coordinating organisation
Malmö University, Faculty of Culture and Society (KS), Department of Global Political Studies (GPS)
2017-09-01 - 2019-02-28
Keywords [en]
Urban planning, Sweden, Russia
National Category
Globalisation Studies
DiVA, id: project:2320

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