Mobilisering gjennom regionalt utviklingsarbeid - En case-studie av forprosjektet Lister regionalpark
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- Department of Geography 
The transition from government to governance highlights a significant change in the way we conceptualize regional development. The aim of this thesis is to shed light on the dynamics that affect these processes by examining a pre project that canvasses the idea of a regional park status in Lister, a rural region in the south of Norway where sustainability is considered to be part of its cultural heritage. My research design has revolved around interviews based on a semi structured interview guide. I have performed a case study in order to give a detailed insight into how this process has panned out. The analysis has been based around several in-depth interviews with different actors ranging from people involved directly in the project, politicians, business representatives and researchers. The research of this project has been divided into three different parts. My findings indicate that the pre project has not assisted in mobilizing the region, mainly explained by a lack of interest, insufficient involvement of central actors and the way the project has coincided with several other processes. With that being said, there is reason to believe that some of the groundwork has been laid for future mobilization. By delving into the strategic development of the region in terms of branding and what challenges lie within using sustainability as a leading strategy for growth, I have experienced some of the difficulties that surround the process of adopting a concept as a focal point that is both ambigous and open for interpretation. Lastly, I have also uncovered some of the conflicts of interest that are associated with projects linked to the relationship between sustainability and development. Issues related to conservation has created a long-standing division between landowners and public authorities regarding the management of private property. The absence of arenas of communication has contributed to maintain these power relations. There are also certain challenges associated with the organization and coordination of a regional council where several municipalities strive to maintain their own sovereignty.