IDS Policy Briefing 186

Embedding Community Voice into Smart City Spatial Planning

Published on 1 February 2022

Public participation in spatial planning is a vital means to successful policymaking and can be enhanced by combining geospatial tools and methods with participatory learning and action.

A pilot study in Bhopal, India finds that the primary obstacle to sustaining public participation is not technological, but instead a lack of conceptual awareness of added value and short-term effectiveness of ‘second order solutions’. The study involved local authorities and civil society organisations in an informal settlement during Covid-19 lockdowns. We outline key approaches that emphasise short-term, feasible, and low-cost ways to embed community voice into participatory spatial planning, and spatial information and communications management.

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Gupte, J. (2022) 'Embedding Community Voice into Smart City Spatial Planning', IDS Policy Briefing 186, Brighton: Institute of Development Studies, DOI: 10.19088/IDS.2022.005


Jaideep Gupte

Research Fellow

Louise Clark

MEL Manager

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