Sotarauta’s et al paper is premised on the idea there are no one-size-fits-all theories and models for transforming regions towards greater sustainability. Consequently, green path development calls for place-sensitive policies, supportive institutional arrangements and the identification of particular leverage points for transition. All this leads to issues related to change agency. This paper proposes that to enhance green path development and to truly construct sustainable regional development models, we need to better understand what actors can actually do to transform and reinvent their regions, and how this can be achieved. There is a need to reach beyond policy formulation and implementation debates. In this paper, these issues are scrutinised from the perspective of green path development and change agency in Nordic regions. The paper is based on the Nordic research project ‘Where Does the Green Economy Grow? The Geography of Nordic Sustainability Transitions.’
Sotarauta, M., Hansen, T., Jolly, S. & Suvinen, N. 2019. Green Path Development and Change Agency in Nordic Regions: A Collage from the Observations of the Gonst Project. In Nilsson, K. (ed.) Opportunities and challenges for future regional development, 71-79. Nordic Working Papers NA2019:902. Nordic Council of Ministers; Stockholm.