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Transformative change in context: stakeholders’ understandings of leverage at the forest–climate nexus
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2038-0437
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0462-8527
Department of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Umeå, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9645-9208
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies. The Popular Movement Archives in Västerbotten, Umeå, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2739-0497
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2022 (English)In: Sustainability Science, ISSN 1862-4065, E-ISSN 1862-4057, Vol. 17, no 5, p. 1921-1938Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Transformation acquires its meaning within contexts and particular settings where transformative change is experienced, and where people engage in meaning-making. We used the forest–climate nexus in Sweden as an empirical case study, and the leverage-points perspective as an analytical lens. The aim was to investigate contextual leverage for transformative change, and how our use of context and relations shapes our understanding of transformation and leverage for change. The empirical basis was a whole-day workshop, held in both northern and southern Sweden, for local forest stakeholders. To detract from current conflict and barriers to change, we asked the stakeholders to reflect on transformative change in the past and in the future, and the spatio-temporal relations that form the forest–climate nexus. Our analysis suggests that leverage associated with a transformative change in the future is commonly seen as universal and detached from context, reflecting, for example, national and global discourses on forests and climate change. Regarding transformative changes in the past, however, contextual leverage is linked to the community values and pluralism that drove the change in particular situations. Focusing on the complex spatio-temporal relations and meaning-making helps identify how leverage emerges from context, and how leverage also acquires a richer meaning for people experiencing transformative change.

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Springer, 2022. Vol. 17, no 5, p. 1921-1938
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Transformation, community, stakeholders, leverage points, transdisciplinary, Sweden
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Other Humanities Forest Science Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-191197DOI: 10.1007/s11625-022-01090-6ISI: 000749117700001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85123203152OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-191197DiVA, id: diva2:1626341
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“Bring down the sky to the earth: how to use forests to open up constructive climate change pathways in local contexts”
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Swedish Research Council Formas, 2017-01956Swedish University of Agricultural SciencesUmeå UniversityForestry Reseach Insitute of SwedenAvailable from: 2022-01-11 Created: 2022-01-11 Last updated: 2022-12-19Bibliographically approved

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