Thesis subject

Story Mapping and filming as visual tools for better civic engagement and collaboration for sustainable cities

Previous successful student projects exploring questions of communication and democracy in urban settings, each asking how to bring to light different voices and views to feed into debates on how to make cities more sustainable. Story mapping and other visual communication tools such as film and VPA are both used to contribute to these challenges.

Potentially, film can also be used to be incorporated in a story-map, providing a source of different views on a topic, the circular neighbourhood in this case.  The eventual contribution of the study therefore consists of advice on how, through these tools, to incorporate these voices into policies on the making of sustainable/circular cities (of governments, societal organisations, enterprises).

Practical information:

Starting date: Preferably November – December 2021, but January2022 is possible too
Preferred language: Dutch orEnglish
Location/country: Netherlands
Supervisor: Marleen Buizer

The student can be coming from many different study programmes. A critical, creative, pro-active, collaborative working mentality is desirable. You will be conducting your research project with people in a specific city or neighbourhood to truly experiment and contribute. Feeling affinity with digital communication devices such as ARC-GIS storymapping is an advantage but can be learned during the project.

About the project

Possible research questions: How does story mapping enhance (or hinder!) citizen engagement and collaboration in the making of sustainable neighbourhoods? How has filming as a research practice (for example in the form of a Visual Participatory Appraisal (VPA)) been used to contribute to citizen engagement? How does it contribute to story mapping?

This study can be carried out through qualitative, interpretive research methods, working with film and photography and an established tool for story mapping. Fieldwork is essential.