Citizens’ Social Participation to Implement Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): A Literature Review

Yasutaka Ozaki, Rajib Shaw

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SDGs emphasize the importance of multi-stakeholder processes, particularly in promoting citizen-level participation. This paper aims to understand the current status of citizens’ social participation and the challenges in promoting them in order to achieve SDGs and create a resilient society. To achieve this objective, the literature review method is used. The literature was obtained from source databases related to recent literature on citizens’ participation with regard to SDGs. In the discussion and conclusion, this paper examines the possibility that one of the vital issues in promoting social participation of citizens could be information sharing. It also describes the cycle which citizens themselves become the main actors in generating information to promote citizen participation, and the information generated through this process leads further citizen participation. These results will be used as the basis for the following action research process. This paper is positioned as introductory in nature, and the importance of information sharing will be examined more closely in future studies.

Original languageEnglish
Article number14471
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Issue number21
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Nov


  • SDGs
  • citizen
  • citizen science
  • information
  • multi-stakeholder process
  • participation
  • sustainable development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Building and Construction
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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