Evaluating Value-based Approaches for Researching Urban Public Space Management

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The study of urban public space - streets, sitting-out spaces, waterfront promenades - is a growing area of public administration. This project conceptualises public space delivery and management as 'governance', defined as 'the distribution of societal value between various stakeholders'. Public space-relevant forms of value range from explicit 'property value', to implied 'sense of ownership over my local street', from tangible 'cleanliness', to intangible 'community cohesion'. A value-based approach is one structured around concrete stakeholder interests and preferences, rather than around abstract service delivery systems. The project explores 'value-based Techniques', including 'value network analysis' (Allee 2008), for applicability in operational public space management, for ex post, ex ante and ongoing evaluation. Five Case Studies of diverse public space initiatives are analysed using these. This enables assessment of value-based Techniques as illuminators of public space management dynamics. The project outcomes will have research uses, and timely practical impact on Hong Kong's public space management regime.


Project number7200590
Effective start/end date1/08/18 → …