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Ek, K. & Persson, L. (2020). Priorities and Preferences in Water Quality Management: a Case Study of the Alsterån River Basin. Water resources management, 34(1), 155-173
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2020 (English)In: Water resources management, ISSN 0920-4741, E-ISSN 1573-1650, Vol. 34, no 1, p. 155-173Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Sweden is a decentralised country where local managers, who are key actors in water management, often deal with relatively difficult prioritisations, tradeoffs and conflicting goals. Many of these challenges relate to the effective implementation of the European Union Water Framework Directive. As an input to these challenges, the present paper elicits and analyses local and semi-local citizens’ preferences for water quality attributes related to the European Water Framework directive in a river basin located in southeast of Sweden. Based on a choice experiment tailored to the case study area, the paper analyses preferences for selected attributes based on real criteria for ecological water status in the implementation of the directive. The target population lives in the municipalities through which the river passes, or in municipalities neighbouring those. Despite this spatial proximity to the river, the analysis reveals limited knowledge and interest in matters related to the environmental quality of the river. There is no evidence that preferences differ between respondents with regard to experience or knowledge about the water basin, nor with regard to recreational habits in the area. These results offer input to local water management by providing information about preferences for explicit water quality attributes.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer, 2020
Keywords
Choice experiment, Water quality attributes, European Union Water Framework Directive
National Category
Economics
Research subject
Economics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-77842 (URN)10.1007/s11269-019-02430-5 (DOI)000502587400001 ()2-s2.0-85076536901 (Scopus ID)
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Validerad;2020;Nivå 2;2020-02-25 (johcin)

Available from: 2020-02-25 Created: 2020-02-25 Last updated: 2020-03-13Bibliographically approved
Lauf, T., Ek, K., Gawel, E., Lehmann, P. & Söderholm, P. (2020). The Regional Heterogeneity of Wind Power Deployment: An Empirical Investigation of Land-use Policies in Germany and Sweden. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 63(4), 751-778
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2020 (English)In: Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, ISSN 0964-0568, E-ISSN 1360-0559, Vol. 63, no 4, p. 29p. 751-778Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this paper is to analyze and compare the impacts of land-use policies on wind power deployment at the regional levels in Germany and Sweden. We use data for the period 2008–2012, and an econometric approach in which the probability of having any wind power capacity additions and the actual level of increased capacity, given that it is positive, are permitted to be determined by different processes. The results confirm the importance of land-use policies, e.g., priority and exclusion areas, and interesting differences across the two countries are found. The impact of priority areas has been more profound in Germany, while the assignment of protected areas instead has constituted a more binding policy tool in Sweden. Cross-country differences in the relevance of various explanatory variables are linked to factors such as geographical patterns, design of wind power support schemes, and the allocation of decision-making power in planning processes.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2020. p. 29
Keywords
Wind power, Regional distribution, Land-use policy, Germany, Sweden
National Category
Economics
Research subject
Economics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-74803 (URN)10.1080/09640568.2019.1613221 (DOI)000469593000001 ()
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Validerad;2020;Nivå 2;2020-01-27 (johcin)

Available from: 2019-06-20 Created: 2019-06-20 Last updated: 2020-01-27Bibliographically approved
Andersson, L., Ek, K., Kastensson, Å. & Wårell, L. (2020). Transition towards sustainable transportation: What determines fuel choice?. Transport Policy, 90, 31-38
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2020 (English)In: Transport Policy, ISSN 0967-070X, E-ISSN 1879-310X, Vol. 90, p. 31-38Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

For the transport sector to become more sustainable, substantial technological and behavioural changes are required. Increased understanding about household choices related to more green alternatives in transportation is needed in order for policy makers to make efficient policies in the future. The main purpose of this paper is to analyze which factors that determines the fuel choice between ethanol and gasoline for owners of flex-fuel vehicles (FFVs). We evaluate how the self-reported fuel choice is influenced by the relative price, as well as individual differences in norms and perceptions about environmental and quality attributes of ethanol. Data was collected through a survey sent to Swedish FFV owners and is analyzed in a binary choice and a LCM framework. Results show that price, perceptions about quality, age and environmental attitudes influence the self-reported willingness to choose ethanol. Furthermore, results show that preferences are not homogenous, three groups are identified; price conscious respondents, ethanol skeptical respondents and respondents with pronounced environmental concern. However, although the motive for introducing and subsidizing ethanol was to reduce climate and environmental impacts, the group that chooses ethanol based on climate and environmental motives is small. The results further reveal that the debate about motor damages from ethanol have had a long lasting effect on the willingness to choose ethanol. Thus, it is necessary to try to prevent or mitigate concerns regarding e.g. potential technical or ethical issues when promoting future technologies or fuels aimed at a sustainable transportation sector.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2020
Keywords
Fuel choice, Transport policies, Environmental norms, Sustainable transportation
National Category
Economics Energy Engineering
Research subject
Economics; Energy Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-77826 (URN)10.1016/j.tranpol.2020.02.008 (DOI)2-s2.0-85079629938 (Scopus ID)
Funder
The Swedish Knowledge Centre for Renewable Transportation Fuels (f3)Swedish Environmental Protection Agency
Note

Validerad;2020;Nivå 2;2020-03-02 (alebob)

Available from: 2020-02-24 Created: 2020-02-24 Last updated: 2020-03-18Bibliographically approved
Kumpiene, J., Antelo, J., Brännvall, E., Carabante, I., Ek, K., Komárek, M., . . . Wårell, L. (2019). In situ chemical stabilization of trace element-contaminated soil: Field demonstrations and barriers to transition from laboratory to the field : A review. Applied Geochemistry, 100, 335-351
Open this publication in new window or tab >>In situ chemical stabilization of trace element-contaminated soil: Field demonstrations and barriers to transition from laboratory to the field : A review
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2019 (English)In: Applied Geochemistry, ISSN 0883-2927, E-ISSN 1872-9134, Vol. 100, p. 335-351Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The chemical stabilization, or immobilization, of trace elements (metals and metalloids; TE) in contaminated soil has been studied for decades. A vast number of scientific publications are available on the method performance in laboratory settings, reporting that the application of various soil amendments to contaminated soil reduces TE mobility, bioavailability and toxicity. The most commonly used soil amendments include organic matter, iron oxides, phosphates, ashes, and lately biochar, alone or in combination with each other and/or lime. Most of the implemented field studies show a certain degree of improvement in soil and/or vegetation status following amendment. Regardless the positive performance of the technique in the laboratory, field validations and demonstrations remain scarce. The establishment of a field experiment often involves permits from authorities and agreements with site owners, both of which are considerably more time-consuming than laboratory tests. Due to conservative institutional structures, public authorities have been slow to adopt alternative remediation technologies, especially when the total TE concentration in soil remains the same and all of the associated risks are not yet convincingly described. For this reason, researchers should also focus on enhancing public knowledge of alternative remediation techniques so that future projects which aim to demonstrate the effectiveness of in situ immobilization techniques under natural conditions will be supported.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2019
Keywords
Soil remediation, Immobilization, Soil amendments, Leaching, Bioavailability
National Category
Other Environmental Engineering Economics
Research subject
Waste Science and Technology; Economics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-72432 (URN)10.1016/j.apgeochem.2018.12.003 (DOI)000454459100032 ()2-s2.0-85058489499 (Scopus ID)
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Validerad;2019;Nivå 2;2019-01-04 (svasva)

Available from: 2019-01-03 Created: 2019-01-03 Last updated: 2019-01-29Bibliographically approved
Lauf, T., Ek, K., Gawel, E., Lehmann, P. & Söderholm, P. (2019). Wind Power Deployment as a Stressor for Ecosystem Services: A Comparative Case Study from Germany and Sweden. In: M. Schröter, A. Bonn, S. Klotz, R. Seppelt, and C. Baessler (Ed.), Atlats of Ecosystem Services: Drivers, Risks and Societal Responses (pp. 125-128). Springer Berlin/Heidelberg
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2019 (English)In: Atlats of Ecosystem Services: Drivers, Risks and Societal Responses / [ed] M. Schröter, A. Bonn, S. Klotz, R. Seppelt, and C. Baessler, Springer Berlin/Heidelberg, 2019, p. 125-128Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This book aims to identify, present and discuss key driving forces and pressures on ecosystem services. Ecosystem services are the contributions that ecosystems provide to human well-being. The scope of this atlas is on identifying solutions and lessons to be applied across science, policy and practice. The atlas will address different components of ecosystem services, assess risks and vulnerabilities, and outline governance and management opportunities. The atlas will therefore attract a wide audience, both from policy and practice and from different scientific disciplines. The emphasis will be on ecosystems in Europe, as the available data on service provision is best developed for this region and recognizes the strengths of the contributing authors. Ecosystems of regions outside Europe will be covered where possible.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer Berlin/Heidelberg, 2019
National Category
Social Sciences Economics and Business
Research subject
Economics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-72843 (URN)10.1007/978-3-319-96229-0_20 (DOI)978-3-319-96228-3 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-02-11 Created: 2019-02-11 Last updated: 2020-03-05Bibliographically approved
Dieperink, C., Mees, H., Priest, S. J., Ek, K., Bruzzone, S., Larrue, C. & Matczak, P. (2018). Managing urban flood resilience as a multilevel governance challenge: an analysis of required multilevel coordination mechanisms. Ecology & society, 23(1), Article ID 31.
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2018 (English)In: Ecology & society, ISSN 1708-3087, E-ISSN 1708-3087, Vol. 23, no 1, article id 31Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In both academic literature and flood risk management practices, it is argued that governance initiatives are needed to enhance the flood resilience of urban agglomerations. Multiple levels of governance will be involved in this activity. However, thus far, the literature has hardly addressed what mechanisms are required to coordinate the different levels of managing urban flood resilience, and what factors account for these mechanisms. Our aim is to address this knowledge gap. Here, we examine six in-depth case studies undertaken in urban agglomerations in different European countries: Dordrecht, the Netherlands; Hull, UK; Geraardsbergen, Belgium; Karlstad, Sweden; Wroclaw, Poland; and Nice, France. The case studies reveal the ways in which multiple levels of governance are involved in managing urban flood resilience. Coordination among governance levels is achieved by proactive policy entrepreneurs, the use of bridging concepts, clear rules, and the provision of resources. These mechanisms seem to be universally applicable, but their characteristics appear to be highly dependent on more general institutional, economic, geographical, and cultural contextual factors.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Resilience Alliance, 2018
National Category
Economics
Research subject
Economics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-69532 (URN)10.5751/ES-09962-230131 (DOI)000432464800038 ()
Note

Validerad;2018;Nivå 2;2018-06-14 (andbra)

Available from: 2018-06-14 Created: 2018-06-14 Last updated: 2018-06-14Bibliographically approved
Ek, K., Goytia, S., Lundmark, C., Nysten-Haarala, S., Pettersson, M., Sandström, A., . . . Stage, J. (2017). Challenges in Swedish hydropower: politics, economics and rights. Research Ideas and Outcomes, 3, Article ID e21305.
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2017 (English)In: Research Ideas and Outcomes, E-ISSN 2367-7163, Vol. 3, article id e21305Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Two systems working in parallel have contributed to implementation difficulties in Swedish water governance. While the old system is designed to be predictable and stable over time, the new system is intended to be transparent and holistic, guided by the principles of Integrated Water Resource Management. The paper disentangles the challenges in Swedish water governance and proposes a blueprint for future research. The proposed research project is unique in the sense that it explores the imbalances between the new and the old water governance systems from a multi-disciplinary perspective, elaborating upon the clashes between the traditional, nationally based regulatory system and the new holistic water governance system from legal, political and economic perspectives.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Pensoft Publishers, 2017
National Category
Economics Law and Society Political Science Law (excluding Law and Society) Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Research subject
Economics; Law; Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-66029 (URN)10.3897/rio.3.e21305 (DOI)
Available from: 2017-10-10 Created: 2017-10-10 Last updated: 2018-11-20Bibliographically approved
Matti, S., Lundmark, C. & Ek, K. (2017). Managing Participation: prospects for learning and legitimacy-creation in Swedish water management. Water Policy, 19(1), 99-114
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Managing Participation: prospects for learning and legitimacy-creation in Swedish water management
2017 (English)In: Water Policy, ISSN 1366-7017, E-ISSN 1996-9759, Vol. 19, no 1, p. 99-114Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The article evaluates whether the participatory arrangements in Swedish water management following from the European Union's Water Framework Directive contribute to legitimacy by increased learning and knowledge-generation. In contrast to most evaluations of collaborative arrangements, we use a three-tiered approach analyzing actors, processes and structures jointly, which allows us to more fully consider the merits and challenges facing this new management system. Based on original data collected from the Water councils in one of five Swedish Water Districts, we conclude that the prospects for learning and legitimacy-creation in Swedish water management are favorable. Despite the absence of decision-making power, a majority of the participants find the management system overall positive and meaningful, as new knowledge is collected and distributed through the Water councils. Thus, the management processes seem to work in favor of reaching the overarching goal of internal legitimacy, i.e. among the participating stakeholders. The main challenge, following our data, is for the new management system to serve as an arena for broad public involvement. As long as only a small number of stakeholders partake in the Water councils, the potential for creating external legitimacy for this new governance system is limited.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
IWA Publishing, 2017
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies) Economics
Research subject
Political Science; Economics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-59617 (URN)10.2166/wp.2016.023 (DOI)000394341200007 ()2-s2.0-85014520883 (Scopus ID)
Note

Validerad; 2017; Nivå 2; 2017-02-23 (rokbeg)

Available from: 2016-10-10 Created: 2016-10-10 Last updated: 2018-11-20Bibliographically approved
Ek, K., Bäckström, L. & Pettersson, M. (2017). Samhällsnyttans betydelse vid tillståndsprövningen av vindkraft. Stockholm: Naturvårdsverket
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Samhällsnyttans betydelse vid tillståndsprövningen av vindkraft
2017 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [sv]

Rapporten analyserar hur begreppet samhällsnytta hanteras i tillståndsprövningen av vindkraft. Lagstiftningen ger ett visst utrymme att beakta vindkraftens betydelse för den lokala/regionala ekonomin. Förutom att vindkraften påverkar samhällsekonomin genom att bidra till elproduktionen påverkar utbyggnaden även lokal eller regional ekonomi och sysselsättning samt andra näringar. Hur stora effekterna blir på sysselsättning och inkomster på lokal/regional nivå, beror bland annat på på det lokala utbudet av de tjänster och den kompetens som efterfrågas.

Såväl positiva som negativa externa effekter uppstår vid utbyggnad av vindkraft, men det finns ett tydligare utrymme i lagstiftningen att beakta vindkraftens negativa effekter, än att ta hänsyn till de positiva effekterna. För att säkerställa att även vindkraftens positiva miljöeffekter ges utrymme i lagstiftningen föreslår författarna att regelverket ändras, så att en bedömning av den miljömässiga nyttan av vindkraften - och andra liknande verksamheter – måste göras i prövningen av tillstånd. Detta skulle öka såväl transparensen och rättssäkerheten i besluten som den vägledande kapaciteten.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Naturvårdsverket, 2017. p. 61
Series
Vindval, ISSN 0282-7298 ; 6732
National Category
Economics Law (excluding Law and Society)
Research subject
Law; Economics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-73032 (URN)978-91-620-6738-0 (ISBN)
Funder
Swedish Energy Agency
Available from: 2019-02-27 Created: 2019-02-27 Last updated: 2019-02-27Bibliographically approved
Ek, K., Goytia, S., Pettersson, M. & Spegel, E. (2016). Analysing and evaluating flood risk governance in Sweden: Adaptation to Climate Change? (ed.). Paper presented at . Utrecht: STAR-FLOOD Consortium
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2016 (English)Report (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Utrecht: STAR-FLOOD Consortium, 2016. p. 104
National Category
Economics Law (excluding Law and Society)
Research subject
Economics; Law
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-22121 (URN)19dcb211-4722-49f2-b67d-cc034e9aa443 (Local ID)978-94-91933-10-3 (ISBN)19dcb211-4722-49f2-b67d-cc034e9aa443 (Archive number)19dcb211-4722-49f2-b67d-cc034e9aa443 (OAI)
Note
Godkänd; 2016; 20160531 (suscas)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2018-05-23Bibliographically approved
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