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Bilde av en mann og to kvinner som spaserer og har en samtale på campus. Foto: Benjamin A. Ward

Public management and leadership conference 2021

The theme for the conference this year is citizen participation in urban development in the information society. The conference will present findings from the research project DEMUDIG: Democratic urban development in the digital age.

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.

  • Program

    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 (, 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’ ( 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 gentrificationIan McShain (, Professor, and Bhavna Middha, Research Assistant, RMIT Melbourne 
    • The development and evolution of ‘Decide Madrid’ and future opportunities for digital participationJosé Manuel Ruano de la Fuente (; Professor, Universidad de Complutence, Madrid 

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