SPEAK is a research program in Sweden with the overall aim to generate knowledge about effective spatial planning for sustainable development and thereby strengthen spatial planning as a relevant and comprehensive means of attaining the national environmental quality objectives.

SPEAK will identify and analyze obstacles and deficiencies of environmental assessments in contemporary planning practice.

SPEAK will identify pathways that can support spatial planning.

SPEAK will generate proposals for developing the planning system and its applications in Strategic Environmental Assessment of plans and programmes and in Environmental Impact Assessment of projects.

The following activities are included in the research program:
> Mapping of current environmental assessment practice in Sweden.
> Study behavioural and social science aspects of current EIA/SEA practice.
> Design of incentives – supplementing and adjusting the current EIA/SEA system in Sweden.
> Looking outside and looking ahead. International experience and collaborations.