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From entrepreneurs to “Boundary Spanners” : challenges for green care in Sweden

Schauman, Casimir LU (2014) In Master Thesis Series in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science MESM01 20131
LUCSUS (Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies)
Abstract
Green care is a new business venture that seeks to sell nature-based services for social and
therapeutic purposes. In recent years, political, scientific and professional interest in green care has
been growing in Sweden. Green care practitioners have begun the process of drawing closer links
between agriculture and healthcare in an effort to encourage multi-sectorial thinking by allowing
private actors to provide health services in rural areas. These new values can be seen as a call to
deliver more multifunctional agriculture, striving to diversify and open the possibility for rural
communities to provide services that go beyond the traditional. Although the diversity of care
providers has risen in Sweden over the past decades,... (More)
Green care is a new business venture that seeks to sell nature-based services for social and
therapeutic purposes. In recent years, political, scientific and professional interest in green care has
been growing in Sweden. Green care practitioners have begun the process of drawing closer links
between agriculture and healthcare in an effort to encourage multi-sectorial thinking by allowing
private actors to provide health services in rural areas. These new values can be seen as a call to
deliver more multifunctional agriculture, striving to diversify and open the possibility for rural
communities to provide services that go beyond the traditional. Although the diversity of care
providers has risen in Sweden over the past decades, private care providers have to a large extent
gained a bad reputation amongst the public. This can be seen as a barrier to the development of
green care in Sweden which to date is predominately run by private farms. The research conducted in
this thesis highlights the conflicting values existing between green care farming and the healthcare
and agricultural sector. The framework of Strategic Niche Management was used to conceptualize
green care as a social innovation. With my research I was able to anticipate the opportunities and
threats for green care farming in Sweden by using values to describe the interaction with other
sectors or regimes such as healthcare and agriculture. This thesis suggests that some of the values
inherent amongst green care farmers also help to form new synergies between the two mentioned
sectors and places emphasis on green care protagonist to work as “boundary spanners”. (Less)
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author
Schauman, Casimir LU
supervisor
organization
course
MESM01 20131
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Green care, rural development, boundary objects, social innovation, values, strategic niche management, sustainability science
publication/series
Master Thesis Series in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science
report number
2014:001
language
English
id
4253944
date added to LUP
2014-01-24 14:02:30
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2017-01-18 15:08:18
@misc{4253944,
  abstract     = {Green care is a new business venture that seeks to sell nature-based services for social and
therapeutic purposes. In recent years, political, scientific and professional interest in green care has
been growing in Sweden. Green care practitioners have begun the process of drawing closer links
between agriculture and healthcare in an effort to encourage multi-sectorial thinking by allowing
private actors to provide health services in rural areas. These new values can be seen as a call to
deliver more multifunctional agriculture, striving to diversify and open the possibility for rural
communities to provide services that go beyond the traditional. Although the diversity of care
providers has risen in Sweden over the past decades, private care providers have to a large extent
gained a bad reputation amongst the public. This can be seen as a barrier to the development of
green care in Sweden which to date is predominately run by private farms. The research conducted in
this thesis highlights the conflicting values existing between green care farming and the healthcare
and agricultural sector. The framework of Strategic Niche Management was used to conceptualize
green care as a social innovation. With my research I was able to anticipate the opportunities and
threats for green care farming in Sweden by using values to describe the interaction with other
sectors or regimes such as healthcare and agriculture. This thesis suggests that some of the values
inherent amongst green care farmers also help to form new synergies between the two mentioned
sectors and places emphasis on green care protagonist to work as “boundary spanners”.},
  author       = {Schauman, Casimir},
  keyword      = {Green care,rural development,boundary objects,social innovation,values,strategic niche management,sustainability science},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  series       = {Master Thesis Series in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science},
  title        = {From entrepreneurs to “Boundary Spanners” : challenges for green care in Sweden},
  year         = {2014},
}