We have completed a first exploratory study into options for designing in democratic accountability and community involvement in Bristol’s City Leap programme. City Leap is Bristol’s major energy infrastructure programme.
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 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.
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This research was funded by the Bristol Sustainable Energy Research Fund.
You can view a recording of the BSERF conference where we presented this research here.