What the Communication Discipline Brings to Public Engagement

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Learning Outcomes

  • Relate research from the communications discipline to improve planners' engagement efforts and create meaningful experiences for participants.
  • Recognize the challenges facing needed improvements to public engagements during planning processes.
  • Develop more inclusive and effective public engagement initiatives by connecting the fields of communication and planning.

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Learn from a Ph.D. student in Communication and Urban Sustainability, who is also a practicing planner, how planners might apply theories and methods from the communication discipline toward the development of more inclusive and effective public engagement strategies.

The strategies, methods, and results of public engagement initiatives can vary widely. Sometimes certain groups are underrepresented, misrepresented, or not represented at all. The speaker shares communication concepts that can make public engagements more inclusive and representative.