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Subject/Keyword
Case Study
Participation
Sustainability
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Dipa, Nusrat J
Supervisor and department
Hallstrom, Lars (Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology)
Parlee, Brenda (Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology)
Examining committee member and department
Hallstrom, Lars (Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology)
Parlee, Brenda (Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology)
Parkins, John (Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology)
Rude, James (Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology)
Department
Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology
Specialization
Agricultural and Resource Economics
Date accepted
2014-09-25T08:45:03Z
Graduation date
2014-11
Degree
Master of Science
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
The Government of Canada introduced the federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF) during 2005 as an initiative to improve sustainable development in rural communities. One of the main requirements for accessing this fund was that each municipality formulate an Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (ICSP). As part of creating these sustainability plans, both the federal and provincial governments made citizen participation an important requirement of the planning process. The main objective of this thesis is to understand the nature of citizen involvement in developing the ICSPs. This is achieved by focusing on two case studies, The Town of Hinton (2008-2011) and Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (2009- 2010). This research has adopted a qualitative method, and used secondary data followed by 24 telephone interviews (2014) to learn more about the, methods, successes and challenges of citizen engagement. These case studies on citizen engagement in sustainability planning contribute to our understanding of theories of citizen participation, deliberative democracy and technocracy. Specifically sustainability planning in the Alberta appears to be a broader process of consultation. However, citizen participation frameworks such as Arnstein’s Ladder of Participation do not necessarily account for all of the socio-economic factors (e.g., busy lifestyle, transient population, , citizens’ lack of understanding of technical and complicated concepts, time and financial constraints, poor road and weather conditions) that affect people’s engagement in planning processes. Sustainability planning is better understood as a longer term process of social learning; simple consultation processes cannot necessarily facilitate the deep goals of sustainability.
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English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3KK94M42
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