“Inclusive Open Government Data for Environmental Justice: Enhancing Community Stakeholders’ Voices” – A Civic Engagement Lunch Talk Follow-Up
On February 8th, 2023, Professor of Public Policy, Management, and Analytics Federica Fusi presented at IPCE's virtual Civic Engagement Lunch Talk series. Her presentation was titled "Inclusive Open Government Data for Environmental Justice: Enhancing Community Stakeholders’ Voices”. She was joined by her fellow project researchers Fengxiu Zhang, Assistant Professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University; and Jiaqi Liang, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Management, and Analytics at UIC.
In her talk, Professor Fusi shared how the project calls attention to the implementation of open government data as a critical tool for environmental justice (EJ) policymaking. Using website data and data from a national survey of public managers working in US state environmental agencies, she discussed the following questions: to what extent do government agencies adopt open and inclusive data practices? When and to what extent are vulnerable communities actively involved in data governance? Results provide insights to strengthen the civic engagement of EJ community stakeholders and increase government responsiveness to the data divide.
View the PowerPoint here.