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Developing a blue-green infrastructure (BGI) community engagement framework template

Everett, Glyn; Adekola, Olalekan; Lamond, Jessica

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Olalekan Adekola

Jessica Lamond
College Dean for Research & Enterprise


There is growing recognition that Blue-Green Infrastructure (BGI) (parklands, swales, ponds and green roofs, etc.) can reduce flood-risk and also benefit public health and improve environmental quality (air/water quality, biodiversity, etc.). Community engagement is critical to getting BGI implementation ‘right’ and producing more sustainable solutions, yet understandings of approaches differ and remain difficult to harmonize or resolve.
A review of the extant literature shows that many guidelines frame communities in the passive 'recipient' mode, and remain quiet about the power relations framing and conditioning engagement. The paper then proposes a set of generic template principles for the development of community engagement frameworks to facilitate and encourage greater community co-production of BGI, with the hope that this could then improve public preferences, accountability, efficacy and sustainability.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 12, 2021
Online Publication Date Jul 23, 2021
Publication Date Sep 30, 2023
Deposit Date Jul 14, 2021
Publicly Available Date Jul 24, 2022
Journal Urban Design International
Print ISSN 1357-5317
Electronic ISSN 1468-4519
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan (part of Springer Nature)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 28
Pages 172–188
Keywords community engagement; blue-green infrastructure (BGI); biodiversity; sustainable solutions; built environment; environment; BGI-CE framework; infrastructure; community
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