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Democracy in City Leap

City Leap will be one of the main ways that decarbonisation of Bristol’s energy and buildings is achieved. We are exploring how City Leap can be an opportunity for increasing democratic accountability of Bristol’s zero carbon transition. We believe that deliberative decision making and commons governance are key.

You can download a summary of our latest thinking on this here.

First Exploratory Study

Our first exploratory study into options for designing in democratic accountability and community involvement in Bristol’s City Leap programme was funded by the Bristol Sustainable Energy Research Fund.

Through a combination of interviews and desktop research, we identified the following channels of participation which could be used for Bristol’s City Leap:

  • Direct participation of a representative group of citizens, e.g. Citizens Assembly.
  • Community organisations and Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector.
  • Intermediary coordinating role.
  • Neighbourhood based action.

Each of these has its strengths and weaknesses. We recommend using an integrated hybrid approach, combining several of these channels.

Please read the full report here for more information:

You can view a recording of the BSERF conference where we presented this research here.