Legitimacy, urban planning and sustainability in Russia and Sweden

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LUPSRUSS Overview English (update 2018-11-28)

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Summary of LUPSRUSS project

The LUPSRUSS project, which is funded by the Swedish International Centre for Local Democracy (ICLD) seeks to examine the processes of urban planning in Sweden and Russia, with a focus on the input, control and output legitimacy of that process. Through paired comparison of different examples of urban planning, this project will give insight into the quality of governance and citizen involvement at the local level. The main focus is on the politics and processes behind sustainable planning and development in a number of comparable regions in each country. A second emphasis is on the needs of people with functional variation in the planning of cities. The LUPSRUSS project is also capacity-building, building on existing networks and fostering new ones between scholars and local government units in Sweden, Russia and Denmark.


The LUPSRUSS project compares the governance and outputs of Russian and Swedish planning processes in comparable contexts. The case studies will be conducted in Sweden, Russia and Denmark. In Sweden the project looks at the cities of Stockholm, Malmö, Åstorp and Kiruna.  In Russia, the cities and regions of St Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, Petrozavodsk, Kostomuksha and Aramil. In Denmark the town of Hørve.

LUPSRUSS Researchers

  • Prof. Bo Petersson, Global Political Studies, Malmö University (Co-director)
  • Dr Derek Hutcheson, Global Political Studies, Malmö University (Co-director)
  • Arkitekt Anne Faurskov, Principal, AFARkitektur, Copenhagen
  • Prof. Dmitrii Goncharov, Higher School of Economics, St Petersburg
  • Ms Cecilia Hansson, Global Political Studies, Malmö University
  • Ms Evgenia Likhovtseva, Trinity College Dublin
  • Dr Marina Nistotskaya, University of Gothenburg
  • Dr Lina Olsson, Urban Studies, Malmö University
  • Prof. Inessa Tarusina, North-Western Institute of Management, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA), St Petersburg
  • Prof. Elena Trubina, Historical Sociology, Ural Federal University, Ekaterinburg
  • Dr Elena Tselishcheva, RANEPA, Urals Institute of Administration, Ekaterinburg
  • Dr Elena Tsumarova, Petrozavodsk State University
  • Ms Anna Zamaraeva, St Petersburg State University

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