Windmills in a lanscape
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Green transition is happening in many forms and places across the Nordic region. The transition is often discussed from the energy production perspective, but it has in fact many side effects on people and regions. The green transition itself is seen as a positive development in mitigation to climate change, however, it affects the spatial distribution of labour and financial growth. There is a special concern that there will also be negative effects, and they will be proportionally bigger in the rural areas and for vulnerable groups of people. That makes the green transition a very topical research subject and Nordegio is currently running several projects to build knowledge and connect stakeholder groups to ensure an inclusive and just transition through policy development in the Nordic Region.

Not Just a Green Transition (NJUST) – Examining the path towards a socially just green transition in the Nordic Region (2021-2024)
Not Just a Green Transition – Examining the path towards a socially just green transition in the Nordic Region (short name: NJUST) contributes to a just transition towards a climate neutral Nordic Region. The researchers explore perceptions among those experiencing the change first-hand and focus on how to best support the Nordic people and especially vulnerable groups, primarily unemployed and those at risk of unemployment as well as older people, children and persons with disabilities. Read more here

A Just Green Transition in rural areas: local benefits from value creation (2021-2023)
Rural areas can play a very important role in the green transition as far the majority of natural resources are located here. There may, however, be a real risk that the rural areas end up working merely as instruments to national and international agendas and as engines for the urban areas without any real local benefits for the rural communities and rural populations. So, how to make green transition just for all parties? Read more here

Ensuring inclusive economic growth in the transition to a green economy (2021-2024)
This research project will contribute to the discussion on how to restart the Nordic economies and accelerate the green transition towards a climate-neutral economy while ensuring that these processes are inclusive. Read more here

Local ownership in transitions towards sustainable energy systems (2021-2023)
Local and citizen ownership is important for the energy transition. In Sweden, there is a need for research on how to improve policies in this area, how to create local ownership, and the effects on the sustainability of energy systems. This project aims to contribute to filling these knowledge and policy gaps. The focus is on the role that local ownership can have in facilitating energy transitions. Additionally, the project explores how such ownership can be facilitated through for instance public participation processes or community energy projects. Visit the project website here