The potential benefits of public participation to enhance the legitimacy and effectiveness of environmental governance have been highlighted in different theoretical approaches. Because of these positive expectations, public participation has become a fundamental feature of several environmental policy-making processes. Yet, after decades of research and practice in participatory environmental governance, it remains unclear how and under what conditions public participation can actually raise the quality of environmental governance.
The online seminar “Environment and Participation” addresses students from the German Master Programme Governance and the Portuguese Master Programme Environmental Citizenship and Participation. Within the seminar, students will become acquainted with three different theoretical approaches of public participation. Based on this theoretical background, international student groups will transfer their theoretical knowledge to a case study from the field of environmental governance and present their results in AdobeConnect.
The seminar is structured by self-learning phases, international collaboration and presentation phases. The seminar language is English. Participants can be considered in order of registration only. The formation of the seminar depends on numbers of registration and will be announced after registration deadline.