Towards sustainable urban welfare through interactive governance (Sustainable urban welfare)

This research operates on the interface between local government organizations, managers and leaders and citizens focusing on the roles and relationship of cities and citizens.

The guiding questions are: How the role of citizens is seen by local government organisations in fostering sustainable urban welfare? and How the knowledge residents have can be delivered to improve decision-making, management and performance of local government? In this research, sustainable urban welfare is interpreted as a question that can be solved through multi-dimensional collaboration that highlights the roles of both local government and citizens. The approach to welfare is broad including welfare services, democracy, citizen participation and engagement. The research is part of Sustainable Welfare Systems profiling initiative at Tampere University funded by the Academy of Finland.

What we do

The aim is to critically study cities’ and urban actors’ possibilities to employ policies and actions towards sustainable urban welfare through interactive and collaborative governance together with local residents, communities and other stakeholders. The purpose of the study is to investigate local government structures, institutions, policies and practices that enhance citizen and community engagement. Data consist mainly of interviews and group discussions with civil servants, local politicians and citizens. The research produces new theoretical and practical knowledge and understanding of local interactive governance and how it can help in fostering sustainable urban welfare.


Anni Jäntti