"Integrating environmental sustainability into strategic spatial planning: the importance of management" is written by Sara Gustafsson, Department of Management and Engineering, Linköping University, Brita Hermelin, Centre for Municipality Studies, Linköping University, and Lukas Smas, Department of Human Geography, Stockholm University. The article is published in Journal of Environmental Planning and Management.

"Strategic spatial planning has been suggested as a means for environmental sustainability. However, there are significant challenges with operationalising and integrating policy-driven strategic spatial planning within the standardised and process-oriented management systems of local authorities. This aspect has motivated discussions on how implementation of strategic spatial planning with a focus on environmental sustainability is conditioned by management systems. The empirical case is local planning and management practices in a local authority in Sweden. Interviews with planners, together with planning and policy documents, make up the empirical material. The analysis proposes that the integration of environmental perspectives into strategic spatial planning processes depends on (i) the overall concerns for environmental issues in local policy, and (ii) how administrative management systems can facilitate transformative practice in planning. In conclusion, this article illustrates how environmental sustainability in strategic spatial planning is formed and conditioned through interplay between local policy and administrative management procedures."