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Museum Outreach Programs to Promote Community Engagement in Local Environmental Issues


Lane, R and Vanclay, FM and Wills, J and Lucas, D, Museum Outreach Programs to Promote Community Engagement in Local Environmental Issues, The Australian Journal of Public Administration, 66, (2) pp. 159-174. ISSN 0313-6647 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1467-8500.2007.00525.x


Ideas of 'community' and 'community voice' have been mobilised in collaborative programs developed between the National Museum of Australia and the Murray-Darling Basin Commission since 1992. This collaboration is set within a broader context of changing ideas and practice around governance, community and environmental issues. The recent Murray-Darling Outreach Project (MDOP), a series of museum outreach projects with regional communities aiming to increase community engagement in local environmental issues in the Murray-Darling Basin, is specifically examined. Evaluation research on the MDOP found that the approach to program development significantly shaped the types of voices, range of issues presented and the nature of the communicative forums established. The potential impacts on online audiences are discussed along with broader implications for government agencies involved in community partnerships. © 2007 National Council of the Institute of Public Administration Australia.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Human geography
Research Field:Social geography
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Environmental policy, legislation and standards
Objective Field:Environmental education and awareness
UTAS Author:Vanclay, FM (Professor Francis Vanclay)
UTAS Author:Wills, J (Ms Joanna Wills)
UTAS Author:Lucas, D (Mr Damian Lucas)
ID Code:40150
Year Published:2007
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (LP0211420)
Web of Science® Times Cited:10
Deposited By:Agricultural Science
Deposited On:2007-08-01
Last Modified:2009-08-26

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