Innovative Forms of Citizen Participation at the Fringe of the Formal Planning System

Open Access Journal | ISSN: 2183-7635

Article | Open Access

Innovative Forms of Citizen Participation at the Fringe of the Formal Planning System


  • Torill Nyseth Department of Social Sciences, Uit, The Arctic University of Norway, Norway
  • Torill Ringholm Department of Social Sciences, Uit, The Arctic University of Norway, Norway
  • Annika Agger Department of Social Sciences and Business, Roskilde University, Denmark


Full Text   PDF (free download)
Views: 2618 | Downloads: 2274


Abstract:  In the Nordic countries, we are witnessing a proliferation of novel and more experimental ways of citizen and authority interaction within the field of urban planning and governance. These formats are seen in urban regeneration projects and planning experiments that endorse more inclusive interactions between public authorities and local actors than in the traditional formal hearings. The intention of this article is to explore the potential of these forms of participation in contributing to social innovation particularly related to including citizens that are difficult to reach, and in creating new arenas for interaction and collaboration. Theoretically, the article is inspired by the concepts of social innovation, planning as experimentation (Hillier, 2007; Nyseth, Pløger, & Holm, 2010), and co-creation (Voorberg, Bekkers, & Tummers, 2013). Empirically, the article draws on three different cases from Norway and Denmark which entailed some novel ways of involving local citizens in urban planning. Finally, the article discusses how formal planning procedures can gain inspiration from such initiatives.

Keywords:  citizen participation; co-production; experimental planning; social innovation

Published:   24 January 2019


DOI: https://doi.org/10.17645/up.v4i1.1680


© Torill Nyseth, Torill Ringholm, Annika Agger. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0), which permits any use, distribution, and reproduction of the work without further permission provided the original author(s) and source are credited.