Bridging the Gap between Planning and Environmental Psychology: An application of sense of place for visioning of public policy

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Masahiro Shirotsuki
Satoshi Otsuki
Miho Sonoda


This paper aimed to explore a new methodology for vision-making and sharing in a local municipality. The study explored using the residents' sense of place as a key element of the vision for the local town in order to ease the conflict or discomfort that can arise among diverse populations of merged municipalities. A method named Visioning with Sense of Place was developed for this study. Analyses identified that the visioning process stimulated the participants to develop a broader sense of place in the new town.

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Shirotsuki, M., Otsuki, S. and Sonoda, M. 2017. Bridging the Gap between Planning and Environmental Psychology: An application of sense of place for visioning of public policy. Asian Journal of Environment-Behaviour Studies. 2, 2 (Jan. 2017), 11–22. DOI:


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