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Feminist urban living labs and social sustainability: lessons from Sweden
SWECO, Sweden; IQS, Sweden; JPI Urban Europe, Austria.
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology. Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Reinvent.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7736-4465
Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden.
2022 (English)In: Urban Transformations, E-ISSN 2524-8162, Vol. 4, article id 5Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A debate about emerging models of urban living labs (ULLs) 2.0 is taking place in the literature, highlighting the importance of social aspects. The aim of this paper is to examine feminist ULLs as a potential source of social sustainability. This is conducted through a case study of a feminist ULL in Sweden, where girls and young women, together with multiple professional stakeholders, used Minecraft to redesign a public square in their neighbourhood - a marginalised suburban area of Stockholm. Data was collected through participant observations of six experimental labs during 1 year, surveys of the ULL participants, and an analysis of the fnal Minecraft designs. The empirical fndings reveal a process of mutual learning between girls and professional stakeholders, where the girls were viewed as place experts. The fndings also reveal that the girls’ visions include a socially sustainable transition of the urban square: from patriarchal to inclusive, from grey to green, and from a transit area to a meeting-place. There were some diferences between girls and professional stakeholders. Whereas the professionals tended to emphasise security in their visions, the girls emphasised liveability. Although more research is needed, this paper concludes that feminist ULLs can be a possible source of social sustainability. However, the ULL process must both be inclusive, and at the same time unlock long-term transformation in the physical environment.

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BioMed Central, 2022. Vol. 4, article id 5
Keywords [en]
Feminist urban living labs, Intersectionality, Livability, Marginal suburban areas, Minecraft, Public space, Social sustainability, Sweden, Urban squares, Young women
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Sociology
Research subject
Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-48784DOI: 10.1186/s42854-022-00034-8OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-48784DiVA, id: diva2:1652770
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A city for everyone? A study about young women´s lives in a transforming suburb., Swedish Research Council
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Vinnova, 2017-04732Swedish Research Council Formas, 2016-0331Swedish Research Council, 2018-02173Available from: 2022-04-20 Created: 2022-04-20 Last updated: 2022-04-20Bibliographically approved

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