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Hege Hofstad

Hege Hofstad


My research centers around governance and co-creation between public authorities at local, regional and national level, organized civil society, various types of business actors, and knowledge institutions to develop and implement overarching and long-term goals such as public health, climate change and sustainability. I study how such processes play out at the local level - in local community development, community and spatial planning or in specific political decision-making processes. Leadership is a special interest.

Fields of study

Academic disciplines

Public and private administration   Political science and organisational theory

Subject areas

Leadership   Social inequalities   Climate   Sustainable urban development   Public Health   Lokalsamfunnsutvikling   Co-production


The Nordic Countries


Denmark   Norway   Sweden   South Africa   India

Research projects

Scientific publications

Hofstad, Hege (2023). Well understood? A literature study defining and operationalising community social sustainability. Local Environment : the International Journal of Justice and Sustainability .

Vedeld, Trond; Hofstad, Hege (2022). How to Lead Collaborative Governance for Climate Transformation: A Guide for City Leaders and Decision-makers. 12 p. Journal of City Climate Policy and Economy. Vol. 1.

Schou, Arild; Hofstad, Hege; Monkerud, Lars Chr. (2022). The role of organisational resources for integrating health surveillance data into municipal action in Norway. 14 p. International Journal of Health Promotion and Education .

Hofstad, Hege; Vedeld, Trond; Agger, Annika; Hanssen, Gro Sandkjær; Tønnesen, Anders; Valencia, Sandra (2022). Cities as public agents: A typology of co-creational leadership for urban climate transformation. Earth System Governance . Vol. 13.

Hofstad, Hege; Sørensen, Eva; Torfing, Jacob; Vedeld, Trond (2022). Designing and leading collaborative urban climate governance: Comparative experiences of co-creation from Copenhagen and Oslo. Environmental Policy and Governance . Vol. 32.

Hofstad, Hege; Sørensen, Eva; Torfing, Jacob; Vedeld, Trond (2021). Leading co-creation for the green shift. 10 p. Public Money & Management .

Hofstad, Hege; Vedeld, Trond (2021). Exploring city climate leadership in theory and practice: responding to the polycentric challenge. Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning .

Vedeld, Trond; Hofstad, Hege; Hilde, Solli; Hanssen, Gro Sandkjær (2021). Polycentric urban climate governance: Creating synergies between integrative and interactive governance in Oslo. Environmental Policy and Governance . Vol. February.

Hofstad, Hege; Millstein, Marianne; Tønnesen, Anders; Vedeld, Trond; Hansen, Karsten Bruun (2021). The role of goal-setting in urban climate governance. Earth System Governance . Vol. 7.

Hanssen, Gro Sandkjær; Hofstad, Hege (2020). Climate Leadership: Developing Innovative Strategic Tools to Improve the Partnership Mode of Planning. Innovation in public planning : Calculate communicate and innovate. 8. p. 131-150. Palgrave Macmillan.

These publications are obtained from Cristin. The list may be incomplete