Knowledge, urban policy making and citizen participation: a democratic challenge

Franziska Eckardt, Willem-Jan Velderman, Paul Benneworth

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This chapter explores the functioning of ‘ordinary’ citizen knowledge in decision-making processes of urban planning, policy and development processes. It aims to understand how urban governance can better utilise non-expert types of knowledge as a way to respond to pressing societal challenges in the 21st century. By presenting a controversial case study about the wastewater injections in the Dutch Twente region, located in the east of the Netherlands, the chapter highlights the importance of combining diverse types of (expert and non-expert) knowledge and expertise to achieve a more holistic form of ‘smart’ urban governance in the future.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationKnowledge, Policymaking and Learning for European Cities and Regions
Subtitle of host publicationFrom Research to Practice
EditorsNicola Francesco Dotti
PublisherEdward Elgar
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-78643-364-0
ISBN (Print)978-1-78643-363-3
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2018

Publication series

NameNew Horizons in Regional Science series
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing


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