The Duved model for local communities 2.0

The Duved model is a research and innovation project with a focus on sustainable rural and community building management, funded by Vinnova's programme Challenge-driven Innovation – Agenda 2030. 

Growing disparity in living conditions between urban and rural areas is one of Sweden's most central challenges. These changes have a direct adverse effect on public and private services, cultural offerings, work, transport, housing, as well as in a declining confidence in the democratic social systems.

Thanks to its small scale with 1,800 inhabitants – with Duved Village Association as the driving force – Duved has the opportunity to become a model creator and show the way for future village and community building development in Sweden. Rural investments through innovation are today the great and largely untapped opportunity of the future. In this way, rural areas are the starting point for an innovative, sustainable society based on the visions, experiences and ideas of local players.

The Duved model's innovative core is the new type of collaboration plan – governance through local collaboration - that the project will develop. This collaboration plan must actively promote the local community to participate and influence the municipal community building process.

Unlike Åre, Duved is not a destination but the efforts to be implemented in the village will generate innovative local solutions for housing, work, food supply, social services, cultural activities, circular economy, energy system and direct democracy, which together constitute the Duved model . In addition, these efforts shall function as prototypes as a basis for continued development via upscaling for national and global dissemination.

Thanks to its small scale with 1800 inhabitants and a driving force in the form of the Duved Village Association, Duved has good possibilities to become a model creator for future community building development in Sweden.”

The project challenges ingrained organisational systems with regulations and norms that constitute obstacles in the way of meeting this societal challenge. The goal over time is for the Duved model to contribute to a mutually developing interaction with circular structures and dynamic value chains that benefit both rural and urban areas.

The project is being led by KTH and Tyréns, where Björn Hellström is the main project manager representing KTH and Mia Wahlström representing Tyréns.

Project partners
KTH School of Architecture, Linköping University - Center for Municipal Strategic Studies, the National Board of Housing, Building and Planning, Region Jämtland Härjedalen, Åre municipality, Eau & Gaz, Duved Village Association, Årehus, ICA, Jämtkraft, IBM, Arvet, Setra Group, Tagehus, HaWe Fastigheter, Attacus, Swedish Agency for Economicand Regional Growth, SKR, The Swedish Centre for Innovation and Quality in the Built Environment, RISE, SmåKom, Uppsalahem, Laxå municipality, Lindesberg municipality, Uppsala municipality and Tyréns.