Gail Broadbent

Maximising the improvement to a community’s quality of life, without harming the environment, as a result of undertaking public projects should be a major goal for any government charged with utilising tax payer funds and scarce resources on behalf of its citizens. 

Many government departments understand the value of conducting community participation processes when undertaking large projects and endeavour to incorporate these when making decisions.  This research project will investigate the elements of good decision making which includes public participation processes. Benefits and limitations, and a review of some appropriate models including their strengths and weaknesses will be discussed. Qualitative and quantitative research will be undertaken as case studies in collaboration with some NSW government departments.

Supervisor: Professor Graciela Metternicht