In the last decade we have seen an increasing effort to ‘engage publics’, ‘involve communities’, and in general to encourage citizen participation in governance. This has taken place in diverse policy areas: local government, NHS, science and technology, etc. Yet, despite all the work on the ground, there seems to be a lack of spaces for crosscutting dialogue between different areas of practice, as well as between practitioners and researchers.
This agenda-setting event aims at opening such space. The idea is to gather people interested on practices of citizen participation. We will start by listening to short stories of practice, told by practitioners from different policy contexts. Then we will engage in an open conversation around emerging themes and shared challenges, which will be taken forward in setting up the agenda for our future events on the subject.
Thursday 13th January 2011, 4-6 pm
David Hume Tower, Conference Room
George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9JX (map: http://www.ed.ac.uk/maps)
Attendance is free, but please register in advance by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Working Group on Citizen Participation, Public Policy Network, University of Edinburgh