Social change through place innovation

  • Malin Lindberg Luleå University of Technology, Sweden
  • Åsa Ericson Luleå University of Technology
  • Jennie Gelter Luleå University of Technology
  • Helena Karlberg SVID
Keywords: social change, innovation, place innovation, service design, design


This article explores how ‘place innovation’ can be used as a new scientific concept and practical tool to understand and shape the social design of the future. 

The article’s starting point is a collaborative project between academia, industry and the community in northern Sweden. The project is developing knowledge and methods of place innovation based on a coherent perspective on the innovative design of places. Place innovation weaves together social, cultural, economic and technological aspects in order to increase the attractiveness of a place to existing and potential visitors, residents and investors.


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How to Cite
Lindberg, M., Ericson, Åsa, Gelter, J. and Karlberg, H. (2015) “Social change through place innovation”, Swedish Design Research Journal, 13(1), pp. 9-13. doi: 10.3384/svid.2000-964X.1519.
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