Mapping Planning and Engagement Systems Applied by Four Queensland City Futures Initiatives: How City Futures Tools and Methods Engage Across Multiple Contexts


This article maps critical factors of four influential South East Queensland City visioning and foresight initiatives conducted by the Cities of Maroochy, Logan, Gold Coast and Brisbane. A previous article in the March 2015 issue of Journal of Futures Studies gave a prima facie litany of the phases of the initiatives (including the Visions and Governance phases) – the current article deepens the analyses of the planning and community engagement phases. Conclusions drawn from the mapping and comparative analysis that are unique to this article include the value of applying futures methods and theory to explore phases of futures initiatives, the systems they operate within and their contexts.

Keywords: Futures studies, scenarios, CLA, community engagement, governance, city futures

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