Focus Area 4
Six Focus Areas
e-Planning, e-Government, & e-Participation
This research stream focuses on the role of digital civic participation (or e-participation) on e-planning and e-government. A recent initiative under this stream is integrating multi-sensory (e.g., sight, sound, smell) and atmospheric experiences (e.g., heat, humidity) with the immersive virtual reality (IVR) technology, with a specific focus on “smell”. The goal is to examine if or how IVR technology coupled with multi-sensorial and atmospheric parameters can (i) increase the level of public participation and (ii) promote a better understanding of a simulated urban environment.
Relevant Ongoing Projects:
Using Immersive and Multi-Sensory VR in Participatory Planning
NJ Municipal Asset Profiler and Watershed Explorer
Meenar, M. (2017). Using participatory and mixed-methods approaches in GIS to develop a Place-Based Food Insecurity and Vulnerability Index. Environment and Planning A, 49(5), 1181–1205.
Mandarano, L. & Meenar, M. (2015). E-participation: comparing trends in practice and the classroom. Planning Practice and Research, 30(4), 457-475.