• 2019-03-29

    Driving forces for a sustainable transition to bioeconomy

    How do we increase the pace of the transition to a sustainable bioeconomy? What are the driving forces and what do the challenges look like? Some are about innovation and new technological solutions, but equally important is to change rules and frameworks at the global, national and regional level. That people need to meet and exchange knowledge, experiences and build networks is a necessity. The conference People and networks matter - enabling sustainable bioeconomy transition in Karlstad on 27-28 March, constituted an arena for both networking, exchanging knowledge - and creating policy.

    Nordregio's Karen Refsgaard, Research Director, stated that local networks with different stakeholders play an important role in the organization of the work in order to develop a sustainable bioeconomy.

  • 2019-03-15

    Archaeology of those who are invisible in history

    Landless crofters, the subaltern, and those who lost their land in inheritance cases. In the poor houses, in the city slums. What did it mean not to own land and the vital rights that were connected to it? How could crofters influence their lives or their financial situations? How do we find these “invisible” workers who rented rooms in the cities? These are the questions that researchers seek to answer through the research project “The Archaeology and Cultural Heritage of the Dispossessed.”

    The research project is a methods development project that will for instance suggest best practices for archaeological excavations, documentation and conservation. The goal is to contribute through knowledge of history, people and their material remains during the period of approximately 1700–1900.

  • 2019-01-24

    Hello, Diana Morales, new post doc at CRS…

    … from the 1st of January, you are the new post doc at Centre for Regional Studies, CRS. What are your plans?

    -I will be here for two years. My research is within the Academy for Smart Specialisation and the project Forests as resources and opportunities in regional development, as well as Innovation for green transition based on the forest as a resource.

  • 2019-01-10

    Brazilian government interested in smart specialisation in Värmland

    Representatives of the Brazilian government visited Värmland for two days to draw inspiration for regional development. Their visit included a thorough presentation of the Academy for Smart Specialisation and a visit to the Business from Bioeconomy conference.

    “We also have large forests, challenges with regional development and a need to involve more parts of society in sustainable development,” says Ramos Braga Irani, advisor to the Brazilian Minister for Regional Development.

  • 2019-01-10

    New research project on moving out of big cities

    A new research project on the experiences of families who moved out of big cities recently received a grant of SEK 2.9 million from Formas, the Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning. The project is headed by Ulrika Åkerlund, human geographer at the Centre for Regional Studies at Karlstad University, and also involves Erika Sandow from Umeå University.

    The project aims to analyse families with children’s move out of big cities as a strategy for creating better work–life balance and improving their quality of life. Moving to a new region involves reorganising many elements of one’s life, including housing, work and leisure time. The project investigates how the organisation of daily life influenced the decision to move, and how movers afterwards experience the effects of leaving big cities.

  • 2019-01-07

    Tourism can be sustainable

    Tourism can result in valuable insights and experiences promoting the further sustainable development of society as a whole. This is the opinion of Fredrik Hoppstadius, who completed his PhD in Human Geography at Karlstad University. He conducted fieldwork, interviewed tourists and tourism businesses and analysed municipal tourism strategies in the Lake Vänern Archipelago Biosphere Reserve.

    Sustainable development is a broad notion that is hard to define, but at the same time it is absolutely critical for environmental, economic and social reasons. How can sustainability be put into practice, made understandable and contribute to our everyday lives? In his thesis, Fredrik Hoppstadius puts an emphasis on the importance of local and place-specific approaches for sustainable development.