UCD Team: The project is led by Dr Karen Keaveney, UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science. Co-PI is Assoc. Prof. Ainhoa Gonzalez Del Campo, UCD School of Geography. The Post-Doctoral Researcher is Dr Adwoa Serwaa Ofori, based in the UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science.
This two-year project investigates how rural populations can harness digital technologies to enhance participative democracy in the planning and policy formulation for local sustainable development. The project brings together established community and co-operative networks in rural areas, current rural development strategies around the Smart Village concept and Community-Led Local Development (CLLD) frameworks, and digital technologies and data to engage citizens in co-design for sustainable rural futures.
Citizen Rural: Digital Data for Participatory Democracy in Remote Places is funded by the Irish Research Council (IRC) under the Collaborative Alliances for Societal Challenges (COALESCE) programme.