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Developing a Participatory Planning Support System for Sustainable Regional Planning—A Problem Structuring Case Study

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Department of International Business, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, 6009 Ålesund, Norway
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United Future Lab Norway, 6009 Ålesund, Norway
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Academic Editor: Åsa Gren
Sustainability 2021, 13(10), 5723; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13105723
Received: 31 March 2021 / Revised: 6 May 2021 / Accepted: 17 May 2021 / Published: 20 May 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Systems Engineering for Sustainable Development Goals)
In this paper, we report on the application of systems engineering in initiating the synthesis of a participatory planning support system (PSS) for sustainable regional planning. The systems engineering SPADE approach is applied in a model-based fashion to define and link sustainable development goals (SDGs) to regional and urban planning policies in a co-creative multi-stakeholder environment. The approach is demonstrated through a case study from the interregional climate, land-use, and transportation planning process (PAKT) in the Ålesund region in Norway. The work was performed using focus groups with planning stakeholders over a series of workshops to analyze, design, verify and validate the problem structure. Our study shows that the approach is useful for integrating and operationalizing the SDGs in a planning context. The methodology also brings clarity and structure to planning problems and provides a pedagogical frame to engage stakeholders in co-creative PSS synthesis. Further research is necessary to explore how structured elements may be exploited in PSS synthesis. View Full-Text
Keywords: regional and urban planning; sustainable development goals; planning support systems; systems engineering regional and urban planning; sustainable development goals; planning support systems; systems engineering
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Aspen, D.M.; Amundsen, A. Developing a Participatory Planning Support System for Sustainable Regional Planning—A Problem Structuring Case Study. Sustainability 2021, 13, 5723. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13105723

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Aspen, Dina M.; Amundsen, Andreas. 2021. "Developing a Participatory Planning Support System for Sustainable Regional Planning—A Problem Structuring Case Study" Sustainability 13, no. 10: 5723. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13105723

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