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    Mapping emergent public engagement in societal transitions: a scoping review

    Revez, Alexandra and Dunphy, Niall and Harris, Clodagh and Rogan, Fionn and Byrne, Edmond and McGookin, Connor and Bolger, Paul and Ó Gallachóir, Brian and Barry, John and Ellis, Geraint and O’Dwyer, Barry and Boyle, Evan and Flood, Stephen and Glynn, James and Mullally, Gerard (2022) Mapping emergent public engagement in societal transitions: a scoping review. Energy, Sustainability and Society, 12 (1). pp. 1-18. ISSN 2192-0567

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    Transition discourses are gaining prominence in efforts to imagine a future that adequately addresses the urgent need to establish low carbon and climate resilient pathways. Within these discourses the 'public' is seen as central to the creation and implementation of appropriate interventions. The role of public engagement in societal transformation while essential, is also complex and often poorly understood. The purpose of this paper is to enhance our understanding regarding public engagement and to address the often superficial and shallow policy discourse on this topic. The paper offers a review of evolving literature to map emergent public engagement in processes of transition and change. We adopt a pragmatic approach towards literature retrieval and analysis which enables a cross-disciplinary and cross-sectoral review. We use a scoping review process and the three spheres of transformation framework (designated as the practical, political and personal spheres) to explore trends within this complex research field. The review draws from literature from the last two decades in the Irish context and looks at emergence and evolving spaces of public engagement within various systems of change including energy, food, coastal management and flood adaptation, among others.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This research was conducted as part of the Imagining2050 Project funded under the EPA Research Programme 2014–2020 and co-funded by SEAI. The EPA Research Programme is a Government of Ireland initiative funded by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.
    Keywords: Emergence; Ireland; participation; public engagement; societal transitions;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > Irish Climate Analysis and Research Units, ICARUS
    Item ID: 17787
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    Depositing User: Corinne Voces
    Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2023 11:17
    Journal or Publication Title: Energy, Sustainability and Society
    Publisher: Pubmed central
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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