Stakeholders’ Participation in Decision-Making for Urban Renewal: A Critical Review

Posted: 26 Jun 2019

Date Written: June 24, 2019


Urban renewal significantly contributing to the sustainable development, is a popular issue in both academia and urban policy agenda. The complexity of sustainable urban renewal decision-making is well recognised. As an effective way to handle the complexity, multiple stakeholders’ participation in the decision-making process has been increasingly concerned. Although numerous papers in this field were published, from the perspectives of stakeholder analysis, community/public participation, network governance, decision-making mode, sustainability evaluation, et al., an integrated review covering research trends and focus, key research findings, current contests and research frontiers should be conducted. Based on bibliometric method and qualitative method, this study aims to provide a critical review of recent studies on the stakeholders’ participation in decision-making for sustainable urban renewal. Firstly, a total of 157 bibliometric records were collected from SCI database and SSCI database with the software of CiteSpace III. Based on these papers, the research trends, research focus, and relationships among these papers were visualized by using CiteSpace III. After that, a future qualitative analysis was carried out based on the theory of public participation and pragmatic theory of truth. This study provides a critical discussion on stakeholders’ identification, relationships among stakeholders, participation approaches and results assessment of decision-making. Finally, several interesting directions for future research were identified and recommended. This paper can be an important reference source for theoretical researchers and contributes to the decision-making of sustainable urban renewal for decision makers.

Keywords: Sustainability, Urban renewal, Decision-making, Stakeholder participation

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Xu, Kexi, Stakeholders’ Participation in Decision-Making for Urban Renewal: A Critical Review (June 24, 2019). Abstract Proceedings of 2019 International Conference on Resource Sustainability - Cities (icRS Cities), Available at SSRN:

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