Geographic Information Science and Public Participation

  • Laxmi Ramasubramanian

Part of the Advances in Geographic Information Science book series (AGIS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Participatory Planning: Why Does It matter?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Laxmi Ramasubramanian
      Pages 3-17
    3. Laxmi Ramasubramanian
      Pages 19-32
    4. Laxmi Ramasubramanian
      Pages 33-48
    5. Laxmi Ramasubramanian
      Pages 49-74
  3. Three Narratives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. Laxmi Ramasubramanian
      Pages 77-85
    3. Laxmi Ramasubramanian
      Pages 105-118
    4. Laxmi Ramasubramanian
      Pages 119-131
  4. The Future of PPGIS

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 133-133
    2. Laxmi Ramasubramanian
      Pages 135-149
    3. Laxmi Ramasubramanian
      Pages 151-155
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 157-172

About this book


This book argues that many positive planning and policy outcomes can result when GIS experts and community organizers work together to address problems affecting our neighborhoods and cities. This book is written by an author who, in addition to being an academic, has worked for twenty years in the grassroots, designing and implementing a wide range of community-oriented GIS activities. The book is both an account of personal experiences, as well as an academic reflection of professional practice. The case studies are drawn from multiple scales and represent stake holders covering a wide swath of actors. For practitioners, the book will help to place their own experiences into a historical and socio-political context and will provide guidance for their work. For students, it looks behind the scenes of glossy PPGIS reports usually found in the literature. For policymakers, it highlights the pathways to facilitate social change through consensus building. This book provides clarity about terminologies and definitions. It provides practical guidelines for policymakers seeking to implement consensus-building approaches that are supported by GIS and other digital tools.


Community development GIS Geographic information Geoinformationssysteme Governance Local planning Public participation

Authors and affiliations

  • Laxmi Ramasubramanian
    • 1
  1. 1.Hunter CollegeCity University of New YorkNew YorkU.S.A.

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