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De-Polarizing Land Use Conflicts

8 December 2023 10:00 to 17:30 | Workshop
A photo of a forest.

Land-use conflicts in Sweden have been increasingly marked by affective polarization between actor groups, i.e. a growing difference between positive and negative emotions attached to viewpoints and values on land use issues. This concerns conflicts over the industrial Swedish forestry model, but also other examples like the environmental benefits of organic farming, and the exploitation of arable land for urban planning or wind parks. The polarization surrounding these and other questions has also impacted the role of researchers, with emerging or intensifying fault lines within the scholarly community on land-use conflicts. Notably, these and other land-use conflicts in Sweden are strongly embedded in multi-level governance settings. A proper understanding of the drivers and mechanisms of these (polarized) conflicts, along with possible responses to them, therefore needs to incorporate the dynamics between international, national and local actors and processes.

About the event


Pufendorf IAS, main lecture hall, Biskopsgatan 3, Lund


fariborz [dot] zelli [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se