Ole Hilden, Sasha Streiff Møller & Louise Storgaard Hansen

Studenteropgave: Speciale


Many rural areas are often overlooked, subject to stigmatization, and recurrently referred to as “a rotten banana”. This thesis seeks to discover a new turn on rural Denmark. In order for these economically stagnated areas to redefine their image and flourish, new development strategies are much needed. As the overall resources of the municipality are decreasing rural areas are specifically in need for an uprise of civic and community actions. Lolland is one of the worst off municipalities in Denmark by which a natural change in demography has resulted in a shift from growth to adjustment. Against this background the thesis investigates how social processes and local initiatives can lead the way to positive change. Youth as a target group is often innovative and utopian in their approach to solving challenging issues. The thesis explores a selected group of young citizens in Maribo and how they seem to affect the city’s development. Based on an in-depth exploratory empirical study revolved around situated methods including ethnographically inspired walk and talks and a critical-utopian future workshop, a shift in focus makes way for the emergence and importance of everyday life. The young citizens are very motivated to engage in the city’s development and are strongly involved in the project Plantagen, an upcoming cultural youth house. They are motivated through their sense of place and a bound desire to create. For a further strategic planning approach qualitative interviews helps the thesis to explore how the municipal setting in Lolland supports initiatives to improve the city made by young citizens. By incorporating normative theory on everyday life praxis and collaborative planning, the analysis contributes to a nuanced view on the municipality’s good intentions towards supporting initiatives by the young citizens. Here networks and the steering of these contribute to an emergence of different opportunities in new governance arenas. Methods applied in this thesis support a popular space where the young citizens undergo a process of democratic training and social learning. Values that are reached through interaction and from an action research perspective are desirable. The thesis has spoken for a change in culture regarding strategic planning towards an emphasis on the discussion of the civic society. We find that planners must recognize projects grown bottom up and seek ways to support the popular spaces.

UddannelserPlan, By og Proces, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato26 jan. 2015
VejledereJonas Egmose


  • Patsy Healey
  • local initiatives
  • popular spaces
  • civic actions
  • young citizens
  • action research
  • urban planning
  • future workshop
  • collaborative planning
  • Lolland Denmark