Bonding by doing. The dynamics of self-organizing groups of citizens taking charge of their living environment

Promotie

Bonding by doing. The dynamics of self-organizing groups of citizens taking charge of their living environment

Promovendus dr. RI (Rosalie) van Dam
Promotor prof.dr.ir. CJAM (Katrien) Termeer
Copromotor prof. dr AN van der Zande
Organisatie Wageningen University, Wageningen Environmental Research
Datum

wo 14 september 2016 11:00 tot 12:30

Locatie Auditorium, building number 362
Generaal Foulkesweg 1
362
6703 BG Wageningen
0317-483592

Summary

The thesis is about groups of citizens following their ideals and taking charge of their living environment. Citizens’ initiatives and self-organizing communities, are seen as groups of people, who organize themselves, are active in the public domain, creating public values  and who organize and manage their social, cultural and green living environment. The actuality of self-organizing citizens gives rise to investigating its actual practice: people’s reasons to get involved, their activities, their meaning for place and vice versa, their strategies, their (informal) organisation, their development, their relations to others, etc. Besides investigating how citizens’ initiatives and self-organizing communities develop and realize themselves, the research concerns the implications for governance processes and the role and approach of citizens and governmental organizations in these processes.