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Human Geography

Ola Jonsson


Human Geography

Plant closures and local strategies for renewal.The case of Scania in Sibbhult and Region Skåne


  • Ola Jonsson

Summary, in English

Abstract in Undetermined
A more or less continuous process of structural change, not least due to a globalizing economy, poses a number of challenges to regions and local communities. However, when firms or whole industries are phasing out, windows of opportunity open up. Empirical analyses of two recent plant closures in Skane point at the importance of retaining existing knowledge bases, and at the same time partially find new directions upgrading and exploiting this knowledge. In this process the paper also high-lights the ways different actors in private business as well as in public sector collaborate and jointly formulate strategies to vitalize the region´s business. Especially strategies for non-core subregions to find new routes of development after being subjected to “crisis” are discussed. With the case of the Region Skane in Sweden, the argument of related diversification is proposed as strategy for networks of regional as well as local business.


  • Institutionen för kulturgeografi och ekonomisk geografi








  • Human Geography

Conference name

New Challenges for European Regions and Urban Areas in a Globalised World. 51th European Congress of the Regional Science Association International

Conference date


Conference place

Barcelona, Spain