Vindkraftsturism : En studie av teknisk turism med särskilt fokus på vindkraftsparker

Detta är en Master-uppsats från KTH/Skolan för teknikvetenskaplig kommunikation och lärande (ECE)


This study investigates and describes the phenomenon of ‘technical tourism’, in the case of

wind power plants in Sweden. The main purpose of the study is a greater understanding of

a field which to date has remained largely uncharted.

Technical tourism is a type of visits to a production site, where the technical aspect of

the production is the main focal point for the visitor. The definition of technical tourism is

based on concepts within ‘Industrial tourism’. Technical tourism is argued to be a subcategory

of Industrial tourism.

The study, conducted in collaboration between KTH and Vattenfall, resulted in two

complementing parts. Part one, ’Vinkraftsturism: En studie av teknisk turism med särskilt

fokus på vindkraftsparker’, is a theoretical description of technical tourism (hereafter

referred to as ‘Rapporten’). Part two, ‘Kommunikationsmanual: Vindkraftsturism’, a

communications manual based on the results of the study and tailored for Vattenfall to use

when informing various stakeholders about technical tourism (hereinafter ‘Manualen’).

Material for the two parts of the thesis was gathered through interviews and literature

reviews. The informants where gathered in and around one single wind park in northern

Sweden. Stakeholders from both the municipality and local/regional businesses were

included in the study.

‘Rapporten’ — The theoretical review of technical tourism in a wind power plant

deals with benefits and conflicts which may occur when interfacing with the local

community and other stakeholders. A model for stakeholder assessment is presented and

used to find key relationships between involved parties. It further describes the importance

of cooperation and finding common points of identification between the host company and

the region. Two factors which are needed to efficiently establish technical tourism.

‘Manualen’ — The communications manual is designed with the characteristic

democratic perspective of ‘Education for sustainable development’. Furthermore it

presents a workshop structure and a summary of similar projects both national and


The study showed a variety of benefits (five of them) from technical tourism, and

also some potential conflicts. The study also highlighted the importance of collaboration

between stakeholders, both through the informants’ statements and explored in previous

academic works. It also states that the democratic process and the participants’ view of

themselves as democratic subjects, are important factors when communicating technical


The study presents a new definition of technical tourism.


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