Socially sustainable neighbourhood transformation – indicators and tools

The Project Social Sustainable Neighbourhood Transformation - Indicators and Tools is an umbrella project containing a number of subprojects, all of which have had the same overall practical objective: developing practical tools that urban development actors can use to analyze social issues related to neighbourhood transformation. In order to contribute to this practical objective, all projects contain: case studies, literature reviews and development and testing of analytical tools. The work is done in cooperation with actors in the field of urban development as well as in the border between urban theory, planning theory, organizational studies, engineering and science studies and valuation studies.

Ethics, sustainability and indicators

In the Ethics, sustainability and social indicators sub-project, case studies are conducted on organizing social sustainability work in the city of Gothenburg and Mölndal. A practical and research-based tool is developed and tested that different types of organizations and professions in urban development can be used to jointly analyze and discuss social aspects of urban neighbourhood transformation processes.

Systematic evaluation of sustainability during renovation

Case studies from three renovation processes (in Gothenburg, Växjö and Skellefteå) has been carried out in collaboration with Skandia Fastigheter, Vöfab and Skellefteå municipality. An existing tool for sustainability analysis at neighborhood renovations called Renobuild has been further developed. With this, social issues can be weighed against and compared with economic and ecological ones. (available on renobuild.se)

The socially sustainable entrepreneur

Here, the focus has been on studying how contractors work with social sustainability issues. A practical tool for analyzing social issues during the construction phase has been developed with a number of entrepreneurs in the construction industry.

Living ground floors as value-creating urban development

This project focuses on the role that social services can play in the work of "living bottom floor" in Gothenburg. Here, in cooperation with the city of Gothenburg, the synergy effects - in terms of increased social and economic values ​​- are potentially possible when public services are placed together with culture, business, industry, etc. A case study on how Gothenburg's city works with living ground floors in the Central River is carried out and an early prototype on a tool for analyzing socioeconomic values ​​of living ground floors is being developed. The project is a pilot research project that is intended to be scaled up to a larger project in the future.

Link to excel-file tool Prisma

Photo: FlickrNadir Hashmi 



Eken, A., Magnusson, J., Hildesson, A., Molnar, S. & De Fine Licht, K. (2019) Rätt verktyg för jobbet? En översikt över verktyg för social hållbarhetsanalys i städer. Mistra Urban Futures Rapport 2019:1
Type: Report/Paper/Working paper/Brief
Molnar, S., Mjörnell, K. & Eneqvist, E. (2015). Socialt hållbar stadsdelsomvandling: Indikatorer och verktyg. (Mistra Urban Futures Report 2015:3). Gothenburg: Mistra Urban Futures
Type: Report/Paper/Working paper/Brief


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Project members

  • Stefan Molnar

    Stefan Molnar, PhD candidate, RISE Research Institute of Sweden & Chalmers University of Technology

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  • Kristina Mjörnell

    Kristina Mjörnell, PhD, Adjunct Professor at the Department of Building Physics, Lund University, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden 

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  • Erica Eneqvist

    Erica Eneqvist works as a Project manager at Systems Analysis at RISE Research Institutes of Sweden. She works with urban development, governance and environmental issues.


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  • Karl Persson de Fine Licht

    Karl Persson de Fine Licht, PhD in Practical Philosophy. Researcher at RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, lecturer at the Center for Research ethics and Bioethics (CRB), Uppsala University.

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