Unheard Voices                                                                                                                                                                      

Communities of stakeholders are diverse, have different levels of confidence and may require support to articulate their different socioeconomic, cultural and environmental needs throughout the entire engagement process. Traditional participatory practices, such as consultation events, have not always been successful in actively involving all. Innovative approaches to foster citizen engagement and facilitate the co-creation of solutions for the common good are required to assist the work of the local authorities. This case study, which is in the process of development, will provide a critical assessment of collaborative strategies currently being pursued by Fingal Local Authority to enhance inclusivity and provide support to different communities of stakeholders in articulating their needs.

Resarcher: Dr Robert Bradshaw