Precision Cities: Responding Precisely to Human Needs

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Woods, Sierra




The main research problem this thesis addresses is that public engagement processes treat actor groups as homogenous as opposed to recognizing their unique differences and their positionality in local issues. The thesis posits that it is these differences that affect their ability to engage on issues of importance to those actor groups. The Vanier neighbourhood in Ottawa serves as a case study for this thesis, as it provides a microcosm into the complexities that arise in an environment comprising different interests, capacities, and capabilities of individuals and organizations. Precision Cities was introduced to this neighbourhood to create an engagement process for the Vanier community to collaborate in finding sustainable solutions capable of tackling food insecurity. The analysis of each actor group demonstrates the importance of creating personalized engagement strategies due to the distinctions between different actor groups in terms of what motivates and demotivates them to take community action.


Public Administration




Carleton University

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Public Policy and Administration

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