LUCSUS Seminar: The role of urban nature for just participation in densification processes in Malmö
Welcome to a seminar with invited guest Sanna Stålhammar (SLU)
City governments often seek to create green, resilient and smart cities at the same time as they are situated within growth imperatives. Discourses of green infrastructure and nature-based solutions risk being used as system-affirming tools that do not question the fundamentals of growth and the necessity of densification. The planned densification in Bellevuegården and Lorensborg in Malmö will partly remove green areas and trees from courtyards, alleys, streets, and there is a growing resistance amongst residents and an ongoing appeal to the planning processes. By examining the ongoing processes of densification, I seek to understand the role and agency of urban nature in citizens’ resistance to densification and their processes to reclaim the right to the city. I investigate how the importance of urban nature is framed and represented by various groups of interests, and what and whose nature is protected and planned for. Further, I highlight the tensions that arise when removal of green space is justified based on sustainability goals and principles.
Sanna Stålhammar is a postdoctoral researcher at the SLU department of landscape architecture, planning and management. She is an interdisciplinary sustainability scientist interested in the social dimension of biodiversity and ecosystem services. Her doctoral research (Lund University) draws on critical social science perspectives and examines approaches for values and valuation of ecosystem services. She is passionate about exploring plural ways of knowing nature and strives to develop inclusive approaches for knowledge integration and transformative governance beyond anthropocentrism. In the VIVA-Plan project, she examines how considering nature’s agency in urban green spaces can inform more just and inclusive governance and planning.
The seminar is part of the theme Situating Sweden and Scandinavia in the Global.
Please note that this seminar is for LUCSUS staff only.