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Impact of participatory input on final plan decisions : an investigation into the role of power and locac knowledge in the urban development project of the Hamburg Convention Center’s expansion.

Röse, Frederik (2019) Impact of participatory input on final plan decisions : an investigation into the role of power and locac knowledge in the urban development project of the Hamburg Convention Center’s expansion.

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Abstract:This thesis addresses the general theme of public participation within the field of urban development. More concretely, the focus lies on processes of stakeholder participation in urban development projects. In order for them to be studied, the current work has chosen to concern itself with a specific case study of an urban development project. As such, the case under consideration concerns the expansion of the convention center in the German city of Hamburg. Consequently, the project’s background, the planning and participatory processes accompanying the urban development project, as well as the stakeholders involved in the process, have been studied. While participation research most often involves attempts to open up the participatory processes of interest – with observations of and in-depth interviews with participants being frequently used research tools – the current work deviates from this tradition. Consequently the present thesis choses to take planning documents and written planning decisions as the basis of its study, opting for an approach to study participation that has been inspired by major works from the field of planning research. While justification for this approach lies on the one hand in the nature of the case study under consideration – a long finalized planning project that provides a large amount of written documentation and at the same time provides few possibilities to produce reliable results via observation or interviews – the here approach of studying participation in terms of input and influence on decision making through document analysis is also one that has seen little application in existing works and is as such believed to hold theoretical and practical value in itself.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Public Administration MSc (60020)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/79369
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