Master thesis topics 2019

During spring 2019, 12 master students have worked on six thesis project. Read about the projects here.

The Compact City: Forming a system mapping of processes and actors in the urban design phase.

Abdalrahman Alobeissi & Sourabha Bhat
The human population is constantly increasing, particularly in cities which creates a huge demand for different resources, expanding infrastructure and transportation connectivity. One of the approaches to overcome this challenge is to promote the Compact City concept. Hence, this research will try to identify processes, actors and ideal urban design qualities to create a system mapping between them. This tool will help to stimulate co-creation, collaboration, efficiency and scale up the design process. Furthermore, our case study Landvetter södra is used to assess and refine the system mapping.

Scaling urban experiments for sustainability transitions: Exploring opportunities for organisational transformation by integrating values created in experiments

Viktor Carlson & Annica Corell
To meet the Grand Challenges of our time we need sustainability transitions, fundamental changes in society. Urban experiments are used to develop and test solutions. For these experiments to contribute to sustainability transitions, the values created, e.g. the results, learnings and established networks, need to be embedded into the way organisations work. We used a case study, Stadslandet – a municipal sustainability project, to explore the opportunities for urban experiments to create transformation within organisations. We studied what values are created, how different municipal organisations work with retaining that value, and the drivers and barriers for further value integration.

Stakeholder collaboration in urban freight systems – A case study in the city of Gothenburg

Nora Fischer & Per Persson
How can stakeholders in the city of Gothenburg collaborate to solve problems and develop solutions for a sustainable urban freight system? There are technical solutions available but for these solutions to work in the complex urban freight system actors need to coordinate their work. Suggestions on how stakeholders could collaborate are based on a literature review as well as interviews and a survey in the case area in Gothenburg.

Barriers and drivers to material recovery of plastics: Exploring potential of chemical recovery as a complement to mechanical recovery

Ashwin Sidharthan & Hanna Westerlund
The thesis aims to explore barriers and drivers of implementing chemical recovery as a solution for plastic waste.This is done by systems mapping of the current and the possible future waste value chains. With these two systems in mind, the questions that arise are (1) what are the barriers and drivers in the current system, (2) which of these barriers could chemical recovery meet and (3) what new barriers would arise with a potential implementation of chemical recovery. This would not only answer the barriers and drivers but also provide an holistic understanding of the system.

Exploring the role of solar photovoltaics in Västra Götaland’s energy transition

Usisipho Gogela & Vasileios Drogkoulas
Having energy absent from the declared climate goals of Region Västra Götaland region for 2030 creates the need for careful planning to avoid its neglection. This Challenge Lab thesis picks solar electricity from photovoltaics as the point of focus and tries to identify and map the relative key actors within Västra Götaland, validate and determine the assumed level of maturity of solar and explore roles for the regional public sector in enabling solar uptake. Using backcasting, interviews and technological innovation systems and other literature data as the toolkit for those objectives, it eventually connects the resulted map with a desired energy future.

The role of innovation-driven SMEs in upscaling niche innovations within a regional context: An investigation of SMEs developing new mobility solutions in VGR

Hani Elzoumor & Spiros Strachinis
As part of western Sweden transition towards a sustainable mobility system, this thesis investigates the role SMEs have in that transition. Indeed, four disruptive trends that could have that potential to transform mobility systems are; (a) electrification, (b) automatization, (c) connectivity and (d) shared mobility. Two main questions are answered regarding SMEs that are driven by innovation and developing solutions in relation to those trends; (1) what current role played by such entities, and (2) what perceived role supposed to be played by them. Accordingly, insights that VGR administration could consider, to assist SMEs overcome barriers and scale up their innovations, are identified and presented.