Local activism changes the forms of participation in urban planning

2016 –

In his doctoral dissertation Jonas Sjöblom studies local citizen activism, participation and democracy in the processes of urban planning in Finland. His dissertation consists of case studies including a notable Facebook group called More city to Helsinki (Lisää kaupunkia Helsinkiin) and its effect to the urban planning, working practices of the urban planners in Helsinki and Tampere, a participation project in Helsinki in which a deliberative citizen jury was implemented and the co-creative participatory planning of the new Hiedanranta area in Tampere. Methodologically the research combines political sociology and urban studies.