New methods of citizen participation based on digital technologies

B Carvajal

Publikation: AbschlussarbeitDissertation


The current thesis presents research about new methods of citizen participation based on digital technologies. The focus on the research lies on decentralized methods of participation where citizens take the role of co-creators. The research project first conducted a review of the literature on citizen participation, its origins and the different paradigms that have emerged over the years. The literature review also looked at the influence of technologies on participation processes and the theoretical frameworks that have emerged to understand the introduction of technologies in the context of urban development. The literature review generated the conceptual basis for the further development of the thesis. The research begins with a survey of technology enabled participation applications that examined the roles and structures emerging due to the introduction of technology. The results showed that cities use technology mostly to control and monitor urban infrastructure and are rather reluctant to give citizens the role of co-creators. Based on these findings, three case studies were developed. Digital tools for citizen participation were conceived and introduced for each case study. The adoption and reaction of the citizens were observed using three data collection methods. The results of the case studies showed consistently that previous participation and engagement with informal citizen participation are a determinining factor in the potential adoption of digital tools for decentralized engagement. Based on these results, the case studies proposed methods and frameworks that can be used for the conception and introduction of technologies for decentralized citizen participation.
Gradverleihende Hochschule
  • Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
Betreuer/-in / Berater/-in
  • König, Reinhard, Betreuer:in
  • Nentwig, Bernd, Betreuer:in, Externe Person
  • de Waal, Martijn, Betreuer:in, Externe Person
Datum der Bewilligung31 Mai 2022
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 2022

Research Field

  • Ehemaliges Research Field - Integrated Digital Urban Planning


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