LEAPFROG - innovation management for societal transformation

LEAPFROG runs several research projects in collaboration with societal actors to contribute to an innovative transformation of society for increased sustainability. The focus of many research projects is collaboration with public organizations in different roles of societal change. The work is largely based on action research and the overall aim is to increase understanding of enablers and obstacles for public organizations to transform and raise their impact for a sustainable future.

Watch our film, an example of cooperation for change with Brazil: 

Ongoing research projects 

Climate neutral Uppsala 2030

In Climate Contract 2030, Uppsala has committed to become a sustainable municipality by 2030. In a well-established climate roadmap together with the municipality's master plan, the way is paved to achieve climate neutrality 2030 and climate positivity 2050. In this project, Uppsala municipality will strengthen the ability to realize the goals, commitments and measures stipulated by the Climate Contract 2030. In the project Uppsala will continue to develop working methods that engage and mobilize actors throughout the municipality. Read more about the project Climate neutral Uppsala 2030.

System design in societal development

Older woman gets love sign from her grandchild through window shield in time of Corona.

This project is an action research project that contributes to creating new knowledge about, and at the same time supports, regions and municipalities' ability to develop activities in the borderland between the municipality's and the region's areas of responsibility. Read more about the project on system design in societal development.

Sustainable Innovation in the Brazilian Public Sector: A Design Thinking Approach (RED4SUS)

Illustration with the text "Design thinking".The RED4SUS program aims to equip public servants in the State Government of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil to use the Design Thinking methodology, and to empower them to lead co-creative processes necessary for addressing the Agenda 2030. The program is a collaboration between Uppsala University, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul and Escritório de Desenvolvimento de Projetos in Rio Grande de Sul and the Swedish Institute.
Read more about the project on sustainable innovation in the Brazilian Public Sector.

Sustainable or segregated? Energy communities for a broad sustainable energy transition

The aim of the project is to increase knowledge about how energy communities can be used as a tool to plan for a more inclusive, equal and efficient energy transition. We will examine opportunities, limitations and complications regarding energy communities. We will develop practical advice for community planners and thereby contribute to increased quality in decision-making regarding energy transition in Sweden. The project involves researchers in social and technical sciences at Uppsala University and community planners at Uppsala Municipality.
Read more about the project "Sustainable or segregated? Energy communities for a broad sustainable energy transition"

IoT Implementation 

IoT solutions are important in the creation of an effective and person centered care giving experience for citizens. However, much more knowledge is needed about how IoT solutions can be implemented and remain sustainable in order to promote the individual's health and well-being. This project aims to identify obstacles and enabling factors for the implementation of IoT solutions. Creating conditions for better use of IoT-based technology.
Read more about the project "IoT Implementation"


Implementation of a step care model for psychosocial interventions in mental health

One of the biggest obstacles to innovative ideas developing healthcare in practice seems to be difficulties in the implementation phase. Innovations are often adopted with great anticipation only to fail during implementation. There is a lack of knowledge about which strategies should be used in implementation. The purpose of this study is to better understand implementation complexity in order to then be able to facilitate the introduction of a step care model in mental health.
Read more about the project "Implementation of a step care model for psychosocial interventions in mental health".

Projects in pipeline

  • Climate-neutral Social Care in Dalarna                                           
  • Social and Institutional factors for the implementation of SMRs        
  • The role of digitalisation in the implementation of the reform Effective and Individual-centered Health Care                                  
  • Capacity Building in Co-creation and Design Thinking, for Public Sector Innovation Management

Involved researchers

Head of the Initiative

Klas Palm

You are welcome to contact Klas if you want to know more about the initiative or any of the research projects.

Find contact and more information about Klas on his profile page.

Other researchers involved

  • Nurgül Özbek
  • Viveca Sjöstedt
  • Carl Andersson Kronlid
  • Anders Brantnell
  • Ulrika Persson Fischier
  • Maria Morgunova
  • Petter Forsberg 

All of them active on the Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering, Industrial Engineering and Management

Last modified: 2022-08-25