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The Annual Conference "New Challenges for Local Governance". Date: 12-14.04.2012. Site: Lisbon, Portugal. Deadline: 15.12.2011


Organiser:  International  Geographical  Union  -  Commission  on  Geography  of  Governance  and  Institute  of Geography and Spatial Planning, University of Lisbon, Portugal

Topics: The Annual Conference will explore some of the current problems and future challenges and opportunities in local governance. The organizers welcome submissions on any aspect of the broad area of local governance, but would particularly encourage papers on two main themes:

A. The impact of the Economic and Financial Crisis on Local  Governance;  The  conference  will  explore  the  impact  of  the  present  economic  and  financial  crisis  on  local governance,  as  well  as  the  role  local  governance  can  play  in  the  mitigation  and  in  the  overcome  of  these, geographically  uneven,  social  and  economic  effects.  Welcomed  are  both  country  reports  and  cross-country perspectives  on  the  new  challenges  faced  by  local  governance. 

B.  Citizen  e-Participation  in  Urban  Governance; Citizen participation in local government policy-making has been influenced, in different ways and with different outcomes, by the extensive use of information and communication technologies. With the advent of Web 2.0, a whole range of new possibilities emerged in the field of citizen participation in urban governance. This process has been empirically described and interpreted from different perspectives.

The conference aims to enhance discussion on this rapidly moving issue and research field and to offer an updated account of these different perspectives, as well as of new cutting-edge methods and tools that have been employed to advance citizen engagement in localgovernment  policy-making. 

In  this  Conference,  the  organizers  aim  to  explore  and  to  discuss  groundbreaking research in citizen participation in urban governance, in particular in the field of urban planning.

Language: English
Deadline: December 15, 2011
Contact: Carlos Nunes Silva
E-mail: cs@campus.ul.pt
Internet: https://sites.google.com/site/nc4lglisbon2012/home