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Transdisciplinary research focusing on Community Participation

Published on 01-07-2024

The work contained in this document has been developed in parallel with the work reported in Deliverables 4.1 and 4.3. To carry out these three lines of inquiry along each of RE-DWELL’s three intertwined research areas – “Design, Planning, Building”, “Community Participation” and “Policy and Financing”–, 14 ESRs have been assigned to one of the three research areas most relevant to their research projects.


The process of the three lines of work has been as follows:

  • Identifying key issues derived from the work conducted in the ESR research projects
  • Deriving societal challenges related to the issues identified the research projects
  • Interlinking challenges across the three research areas

Key themes identified by four research projects focusing on the “Community Participation” area include citizen engagement in urban regeneration, particularly community-led planning, to bring together residents under shared goals and to decentralize power from national to local levels; fostering a community-led housing movement to unravel the intricate relationship between architectural outcomes and social dynamics, employing the capabilities approach to analyse factors influencing collaborative housing; promoting innovative collaborative governance for neighbourhood-level urban development, emphasizing citizen engagement; exploiting the potential of urban commons to transform urban governance, emphasizing community engagement, social innovation, and sustainable resource management; and equipping professionals with the necessary skills to foster sustainable community development by implementing a commons-based pedagogical framework for architectural housing studios.

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