Södertörnsmodellen is a collaborative project for sustainable urban development designed to enhance cooperation, coordination and engagement among a diversity of individuals, local governments and organizations working to create sustainable urban development in a range of forms.

With a focus on eight municipalities south of the City of Stockholm (that make up "Södertörn"), the goal of Södertörnsmodellen is to facilitate urban development potentials by connecting academia, public and private stakeholders to promote sustainable urban development based on the needs of all engaged actors. The initiation project resulted in a number of test beds in Södertörn ready to test new innovative solutions.

Södertörnsmodellen intends to develop a model or series of systems to resolve urban development and societal challenges regarding resilient and attractive cities through innovative forms of citizen participation and stakeholder collaboration in the Södertörn municipalities, which are part of the larger Stockholm metropolitan region. Södertörnsmodellen is an integrated concept for the development of ideas, methods and indicators to address the complex needs that characterize the urban environment.

10 test beds connected to municipal activities in Södertörn have been established. Each test bed is a think tank with representatives from the municipality, the construction industry, consultants and researchers who have been tasked to resolve specific challenges by developing (i) innovative solutions for sustainable urban development through attractive actor overall interaction (ii) developing, testing and evaluating tools for increased citizen participation and (iii) identifying and analysing methods and indicators for sustainable urban development. Södertörnsmodellen combines the experiences from the various test beds and encourages overall interaction among and between them, under the umbrella of the overall project. In the long term, Södertörnsmodellen aims to create viable financial, commercial and governance solutions that can be applied in a range settings, across Sweden and beyond.

Visit the Södertörnsmodellen website for more information.