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Citizen Participation for Sustainability and Resilience: A Generational Cohort Perspective on Community Brand Identity Perceptions and Development Priorities in a Rural Community

  • Citizen participation is deemed to be crucial for sustainability and resilience planning. However, generational equity has been missing from recent academic discussions regarding sustainability and resilience. Therefore, the purpose of this paper is to reintroduce the topic of the existence or absence of an intergenerational consensus on the example of a rural community and its perceived brand image attributes and development priorities. The research is based on primary data collected through an online survey, with a sample size of N = 808 respondents in Neunkirchen-Seelscheid, Germany. The data were analyzed using the Kruskal–Wallis test for the presence and/or absence of consensus among the five generations regarding brand image attributes and development priorities. The findings point to divergence between what the median values indicate as the most relevant brand image attributes and development priorities among the citizens and the areas where the Kruskal–Wallis test shows that an intergenerational consensus either does or does not exist. The results imply the need for new concepts and applied approaches to citizen participation for sustainability and resilience, where intergenerational dialogue and equity-building take center stage. In addition to the importance of the theory of citizen participation for sustainability and resilience, our results provide ample evidence for how sustainability and resilience planning documents could potentially benefit from deploying the concept of intergenerational equity. The present research provides sustainability and political science with new conceptual and methodological approaches for taking intergenerational equity into account in regional planning processes in rural and other areas.

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Document Type:Article
Author:Ivan Paunovic, Cathleen Müller, Klaus Deimel
Parent Title (English):Sustainability
Article Number:7307
Number of pages:18
Place of publication:Basel
Publishing Institution:Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
Date of first publication:2023/04/27
Copyright:© 2023 by the authors. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license.
Funding:This research was co-funded by the German Federal Ministry for Science and Research (BMBF), the Common Science Conference (GWK), and Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences through a project “Campus to World”.
The dataset in .sav (IBM SPSS) format can be accessed online under: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.7683922
Keyword:Gen BB; Gen S; Gen X; Gen Y; Gen Z; co-creation for sustainability; intergenerational equity; regional development; resilience planning; rural development; sustainability planning
Departments, institutes and facilities:Fachbereich Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Centrum für Entrepreneurship, Innovation und Mittelstand (CENTIM)
Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC):6 Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften / 65 Management, Öffentlichkeitsarbeit / 650 Management und unterstützende Tätigkeiten
Open access funding:Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg / Publikationsfonds / 2022 ff
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft / DFG Förderung Open Access Publikationskosten 2023 - 2025
Entry in this database:2023/05/05
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY - Namensnennung 4.0 International