Adaptation Deliberation Case Study: City of Sydney

This case study recounts the development, execution, and findings from a Citizen’s Panel conducted in the City of Sydney in November 2014.

The Citizen’s Panel was developed by the City of Sydney and a University of Sydney research team who developed a deliberative process whereby citizen’s provided feedback to the City on the development of Sydney’s Climate Change Adaptation Strategy. The University of Sydney research team also developed a Q-Methodology survey to test participant attitudes towards different facets of adaptation both before and after the deliberative event. This case study recounts the findings from the Panel itself as well as the findings of the survey research, which indicated that participants created new discourses post-deliberation that were less exclusionary and more community-oriented.

Author: David Schlosberg, Simon Niemeyer and Lisette Collins

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