As the body responsible for public participation, BASE informs citizens comprehensively about the search for a repository for radioactive waste and offers various participation formats. The aim of this research project is to evaluate and develop viable concepts and ways of digital public participation for young people in order to achieve broad acceptance for the site selection procedure and ultimately for the decision among the young generation. For this purpose, completed and ongoing digital participation procedures that concerted on the involvement of young people will be analysed and the specific challenges of digital participation will be elaborated. New and also established digital participation methods will be scrutinised with regard to their achievement of objectives and the possibilities but also the limits of digital participation possibilities (e.g. reaching target groups, representativeness, socio-technical and data-legal limits).

Duration: 11/2022 – 12/2023
Client: Bundesamt für die Sicherheit der nuklearen Entsorgung
Team: Eva Shepherd (Project Manager), Claudia Haas
Project partner: Düsseldorfer Institut für Internet und Demokratie (DIID), Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf

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