Co-creation for socio-ecological urban development

Perjo, L. & Bjerkesjö, P. (2019) Co-creation for socio-ecological urban development? The case of Gröna Solberga. Mistra Urban Futures Report 2019:10

Publication type
Report/Paper/Working paper/Brief
Liisa Perjo Peter Bjerkesjö
Published year
co-creation Urban Development



This report presents the results from a study on how co-creation to promote socio-ecologically sustainable urban development took place in the research and demonstration facility (testbed) “Gröna Solberga”. The testbed was established in a rental housing area in Southern Stockholm called Solberga, with the aim to find solutions to the housing sector's sustainability challenges. In Gröna Solberga, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute and the public rental housing company Stockholmshem invited small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) to test green solutions for the housing sector, in cooperation with tenants.

The report takes its point of departure in research on co-creation as a process of different actors making something together (e.g., product, service or process innovation), or learning something together (building new knowledge and networks through collaboration). Research on urban living labs as co-creation arenas is also used to analyse Gröna Solberga. Typical of urban living labs is to focus on co-creation of innovative solutions in real world environments, which is also the case in Gröna Solberga.


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