This year’s conference in public management and leadership at Oslo Business School focuses on what is needed to accomplish inclusive and meaningful citizen participation. The conference reports findings from a research project on democratic urban development in the digital age (DEMUDIG) and other research projects on citizen participation in urban planning and development. The English-language part of the conference is presented below.
09:30 – 10:00: Registration and coffee (Pilestredet 35, Auditorium PH170)
10:00 – 10:30: Welcome and performance
10:30 – 11:00: Citizen participation, digital technology and urban development
Sissel Hovik, Professor, Oslo Business School, OsloMet.
Cities around the world apply digital technologies to promote citizen participation and city-citizen communication in urban development processes. Whether and how such digital innovations affect citizen participation is however contested. Hovik reports findings from the DEMUDIG-project regarding how different city and system characteristics affect cities adoption of digital tools and the extent and impact of citizens participation in urban development.
11:00 – 11:15: Break
11:15 – 12:00: Sense of place: Co-creation with the local community – lessons from area-based initiatives
Keynote speech by Annika Agger (www.forskning.ruc.dk), Lector, Roskilde University, Denmark.
Despite a proliferation in more interactive and participatory engagement formats, it is most often ‘resourceful citizens’ that participate. The question is: how can public sector agents stage and facilitate arenas for participation that involve a broad set of actors including the ‘silent voices’? Based on her studies of Area-based initiatives and ‘Smart cities’ (http://www.smart-urban-intermediaries.com) in Danish and other European cities, Agger will talk about the opportunities and challenges public authorities face when involving citizens in creating a sustainable urban development and how they can work more strategically in order to enable inclusive, democratic and effective urban development.
12:00 – 13:00: Lunch break
13:00 – 14:30: Parallel session:
Inclusion in digital participation – innovations and opportunities
The session focuses on innovations and opportunities for promoting inclusion through digital participation. The session presents findings from a series of case-studies of digital participatory platforms in Oslo, Melbourne and Madrid.
- New opportunities for inclusion? An in-depth case study of Oslo’s participatory platform ‘min side’. George Anthony Giannoumis, Associate professor, Department of computer science, OsloMet
- E-gentrification; digital participation and gentrification. Ian McShain (www.rmit.edu.au), Professor, and Bhavna Middha, Research Assistant, RMIT Melbourne
- The development and evolution of ‘Decide Madrid’ and future opportunities for digital participation. José Manuel Ruano de la Fuente (www.ucm.es); Professor, Universidad de Complutence, Madrid