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Engaging communities in environmentally sustainable planning: recommendations for implementing geodesign in local authorities

McNally, Brenda orcid logoORCID: 0000-0002-4405-6319 and Cocco, Chiara orcid logoORCID: 0000-0002-4156-1491 (2024) Engaging communities in environmentally sustainable planning: recommendations for implementing geodesign in local authorities. Technical Report. Coastal Communities Adapting Together (CCAT).

This report presents the main findings of a focus group study exploring the perspectives of local authority staff on implementing geodesign methods, and tools, to engage communities with environmentally-sustainable planning in Fingal, Ireland. The geodesign approach is internationally recognised as beneficial in planning consultations where the spatial decision-making is complex or contentious. It offers timely insights for local authorities seeking to achieve their climate targets through collaboration with stakeholders and local communities. First, it outlines the benefits of co-creation and geodesign in local development processes and highlights the role of social values in geodesign initiatives from the organisational change literature (McElvaney and Foster, 2014). This literature explains why people embrace or resist change and provides useful insights on how to increase community participation with planning consultations. Next it presents the findings of the focus group discussions with local authority staff grouped into three key themes. Finally, the report builds on the findings to develop recommendations to assist the implementation of geodesign methods and increase the impact of co-creation initiatives in future planning. In doing so, the report also responds to the broader need for research on the digitalisation of local governance processes by shedding light on the structural, cultural and technological opportunities and challenges of implementing digital tools in local development.
Item Type:Monograph (Technical Report)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Climate Change; Environmental Sustainability; Public Consultation
Subjects:Social Sciences > Communication
Social Sciences > Public administration
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Communications
Publisher:Coastal Communities Adapting Together (CCAT)
Copyright Information:Authors
Funders:European Regional Development Fund, Ireland Wales Cooperation Programme
ID Code:30141
Deposited On:09 Jul 2024 10:06 by Brenda Mcnally . Last Modified 09 Jul 2024 10:06

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