Connecting environmental action to e-participation design for young people

Stefano De Paoli, Paula Forbes

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The paper offers a conceptual analysis and a case study research on the design of e-Participation in environmental policy-making for young people. This is achieved by connecting the concept of environmental action with e-Participation design. Through a literature review, four core dimensions of environmental action for young people are identified: ownership, participation, stakes in the future and experience. Through a case study of research conducted for an applied project aimed at designing and piloting a novel e-Participation solution, the paper shows how young people, implicitly see the connections between these four dimensions of environmental action and the e-Participation process. The dimensions of environmental action have, then been used as the basis for co-creation activities and for a subsequent evaluation of e-Participation. The results support the position that environmental action can underpin the design and can increase e-Participation capacity in environmental policy-making for young people.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)158-191
Number of pages34
JournaleJournal of eDemocracy and Open Government
Issue number2
Early online date18 Dec 2020
Publication statusPublished - 18 Dec 2020


  • e-Participation
  • Environmental action
  • Trust
  • Experience
  • Young people
  • Future


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