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Citizen Engagement on the Environment

Community gardening
Published: November 2020

The UK faces a range of environmental challenges that require action to ensure the Government’s aims, set out in the 25 Year Environment Plan, are met. This study aims to improve Defra’s understanding of people’s values and priorities for the environment and will generate options for taking these into account in environmental policymaking.

The study has several key stages and will use a range of methods to meet its aims:

  • A scoping review to identify key issues to consider in the project; including public attitudes to the environment and approaches to public engagement.
  • A training programme for experts who will be involved in the citizen engagement events
  • Distributed dialogue events where members of the public will be invited to participate in activities designed to generate discussion on environmental attitudes and priorities.  
  • A series of two-day public dialogues which will engage 150 citizens and invite them to deliberate on environmental issues alongside environmental experts.

The study will take place between November 2018 and ­­­November 2020.


NatCen are undertaking the study in partnership with a consortium of organisations and individuals who possess the relevant methodological and substantive expertise:

Additional public dialogue facilitators:

  • Anna Marcinkiewicz
  • Helen McCarthy
  • Tom Barber

  • On the blog

    Read public dialogue facilitator Helen McCarthy's blog post for World Environment Day.

    Go to the NatCen blog