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Research article2011Peer reviewed

The new equine sector and its influence on multifunctional land use in peri-urban areas

Elgåker, Hanna


The equine sector is increasingly influencing land use, especially in peri-urban areas where the demand for land is already high. The sector not only influences traditional farming and land use, but also social, legal and economic development, and thus demands new interpretations of rural and urban. However, there is currently a lack of information on the consequences of this sector at landscape, social and economic level. This study examines the influence of the equine sector on the development of multifunctional land use in peri-urban areas, using data and examples from Sweden. It also examines specific features of the associated growing area of research and the positioning of the issue within the broader context of land use and planning. The methods used were a case study of a municipality, together with interviews and analyses of statistical material at regional level in the context of multifunctional land use, planning and sustainable development. It was found that the structure of the equine sector varies at both national and local level due to local conditions, but that there are also common features that need to be further studied using a broad interdisciplinary starting point


Horses; planning; interdisciplinary research; Sweden; multifunctional land use

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2011, Volume: 77, number: 5, pages: 591-613
Publisher: Springer

      SLU Authors

    • Elgåker, Hanna

      • Department of Rural Buildings and Animal Husbandry [LBT], Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

    Sustainable Development Goals

    SDG11 Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

    UKÄ Subject classification

    Veterinary Science
    Animal and Dairy Science
    Landscape Architecture

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