Conditions for networked co-production through digital participatory platforms in urban planning

Kleinhans, Reinout, Falco, Enzo and Babelon, Ian (2021) Conditions for networked co-production through digital participatory platforms in urban planning. European Planning Studies. pp. 1-20. ISSN 0965-4313 (In Press)

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Contemporary urban development is increasingly characterized by collaboration and co-production between ‘experts’ and the ‘public’ in urban planning processes. Recently, local planning actors have adopted digital participatory platforms (DPPs) which are specifically built for networked engagement and collaboration purposes. However, the knowledge on embedding DPPs in wider planning dialogues is still limited and scattered. The aim of this paper is to provide a better understanding of the organizational conditions for the successful adoption and implementation of such networked co-production. Through a set of semi-structured interviews with representatives from public agencies and platform companies, we have analysed how organizational conditions for networked co-production manifest themselves in seven cases of DPP implementation. The analysis shows that these conditions are co-constitutive and co-evolutive rather than concurrent or sequential, with strong links between the compatibility of public agencies, attitudes to co-production, organizational cultures and incentives for co-production. The results critically emphasize the need to adopt holistic approaches to networked co-production, allowing for extensive experimentation and ‘learning by doing’.

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Additional Information: Funding information: This work was supported by the Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) Urban Europe, i.e. the programme ERA-NET Cofund Smart Cities & Communities (ENSCC), under Grant 854814 (SMARTGOV – Advanced Decision Support for Smart Governance).
Uncontrolled Keywords: Co-production, digital participatory platforms, urban planning, public participation, online participation
Subjects: K900 Others in Architecture, Building and Planning
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Architecture and Built Environment
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2021 08:18
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2021 08:30

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