B.A.; BSc.Ed.; MScEd.; MES ('07)
Building Sustainable Communities in Ontario: A Critical Analysis of Factors Influencing Public Participation in Environmental Decision Making
I am interested in examining the significance of public participation in environmental decision making as well as its role in achieving sustainable development goals through social and cooperative learning. Public participation has long been recognized as an integral element of the sustainable development and environmental justice agendas. In addition, much of the literature on environmental governance views public participation as one of the main tools to solving today's complex environmental problems. This observation, in large part, is based on the assumption that representation of a greater number of perspectives in debate and discussion with decision-makers results in decisions that are fundamentally more just, and better for the environment. I would like to test this assumption by exploring the social, administrative, and legal mechanisms that either promote or stifle participation, also by drawing on specific examples from Ontario, including the Ontario Environmental Bill of Rights and an expired statute, the Intervenor Funding Project Act, 1988.
Supervisors : Dr. Michael (Mick) Smith, Dr. Peter Hodson, Ms. Helen Cooper
Public Participation; Environmental Policy; Democratic Theory; Environmental Law; Sustainable Development; Environmental Policy; Participant/Intervener Funding; Environmental Management; Environmental Education.
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