Unlocking the Barriers to Participation of Black and Minority Ethnic Communities in the Decision-Making Processes: The Potential of Multimedia

By Lamine Mahdjoubi and Cletus Moobela.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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Cerebrating diversity has become one of the most important exports from political science into everyday language usage. As many political boundaries continue to fall under the weight of such phenomena as globalisation, recognising and tapping the potential of diversity is equally becoming a crucial paradigm in the relentless pursuit of human progress. However, despite the recognition of a manifold benefits arising from integrating diversity in many spheres of the human existence, the mechanisms for achieving that goal are still relatively limited. This appears like an irony, especially given the providence of robust communication tools offered by the communications revolution that has come in the form of Information and Communications Technology (ICT). What is it that stops effective engagement of diversity in many decision-making processes? The aim of this paper, therefore, is to explore the landscape of barriers and incentives to engagement of diversity in decision-making processes, with a view to examining the potential of multimedia techniques in breaking the barriers. In particular, participation of minority and ethnic communities in planning and design decision-making processes is explored within the context of a specific case study in the United Kingdom. The paper concludes by suggesting construction of multimedia tools based on a triple-dimensioned agenda of knowledge transfer, data processing, and entertainment as the key building blocks for a framework that cuts across multicultural boundaries.

Keywords: Diversity, Planning Participation, Multimedia

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp.141-154. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 886.600KB).

Prof. Lamine Mahdjoubi

Professor of ICT in Built Environment, Faculty of the Built Environment, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK

Lamine Mahdjoubi is Professor of ICT in Built Environment. He is an architect and urban designer by professional background. His research spans the evaluation of aspects of the social and environmental function of the built environment, and the development of tools and techniques for that research and for use in decision support. He has held several joint bids, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), and the British Academy.

Dr. Cletus Moobela

Senior Lecturer, School of Environmental Design and Management, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK

Dr. Cletus Moobela is a Senior Lecturer and Course Leader of the MSc Property Development at the University of Portsmouth. Upon completion of his PhD at Sheffield Hallam University in 2004, Cletus worked as a Research Associate at the University of Reading, focussing on asset management strategies for social housing and as a Research Fellow at Loughborough University exploring social issues in urban sustainability assessment. His research interests revolve around the three themes of social capital, complexity theory, and social sustainability as they relate to the built environment. He has published close to 20 articles and reports around these themes

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