Co-creation for socio-ecological urban development? - The case of Gröna Solberga

The purpose of this research report has been to study co-creation processes to promote socio-ecological sustainable urban development in the testbed "Gröna Solberga". The testbed was established in the residential area Solberga in southern Stockholm, with the aim of developing innovative solutions to the housing sector's sustainability challenges.

The report provides an introduction to research on co-creation as a process for various actors who do or learn something through collaboration. In the analysis we also use research on Living Labs. Typical of these is to focus on the co-creation of innovative solutions in real housing environments, which Gröna Solberga is an example of. The term socioecological urban development is used in the report to study how ecological and social sustainability is taken into account in Gröna Solberga. The empirical part of the study analyzes co-creation and socioecological sustainability aspects in the planning and implementation of the activities carried out within the framework of the testbed. In practice, the co-creation processes in Gröna Solberga took place when the goals and competencies of the various actors met, partly in establishing and forming the test bed, and partly in planning and implementing pilot projects where different solutions were tested. The co-creation processes were also strongly influenced by various regulations, physical and technical conditions, which in practice set the framework for the opportunity to test new solutions. Gröna Solberga has evolved over time in terms of the roles and influence of the different actors involved. One conclusion is that co-creation in long-term testbeds in real living environments should be studied as dynamic processes where different framework conditions affect and change co-creation and roles over time.

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