A team of researchers, led by the Global Centre on Healthcare and Urbanisation based at Kellogg College, is organising a Citizens’ Jury to help answer important questions about how people can travel where they need to in Oxford in a climate-friendly way that promotes health.
A number of proposals aimed at influencing how people travel have been announced in Oxford, with a wide range of views on the merits of the proposals.
The Citizens’ Jury is an opportunity for local residents to understand each other’s views and experiences, and to try to reach decisions that people can agree on about how to make Oxford an inclusive, fair and safe place to move around. Citizens’ Juries are a tried and tested, inclusive and balanced method that help communities solve local problems. A total of 2000 households in Headington, Barton, Sandhills, Northway, Quarry and Risinghurst were invited to register their interest in taking part. 16 local residents from all walks of life have been chosen by “civic lottery” to form the “jury” to reflect the population of Oxford in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, disability and socio-economic group.
Jury members will hear a range of evidence and views on issues related to how people travel within the city, how it affects people’s health and the climate, and the benefits and challenges that can come with changing how people travel. They will listen to the information presented, share their views and ideas, and work together to explore ways forward.
This project is being run independently by the University of Oxford. The jury members will develop recommendations for Oxfordshire County Council, who have endorsed the project and have agreed to listen to, and respond to, the recommendations.
Further information can be found here.
The Jury will meet over 21 hours split over four sessions in June-July 2022.
- Sunday 12th June (afternoon): 1.30pm – 5.00pm
- Saturday 18th June: 10.00am – 5.00pm
- Sunday 26th June: 10.00am – 5.00pm
- Sunday 3rd July (afternoon): 1.30pm – 5.00pm
Starting with this Sunday’s session, the GCHU Twitter account (@GCHUOxford) will be sharing videos, expert presentations, information and updates throughout the day’s activities to ensure that the project is open, transparent and accessible. We are excited to share the progress of this project with the Oxfordshire community and would be grateful for your assistance in sharing this with your community. Our announcement video is now live and we will commence live-blogging the day from 12:30pm on Sunday 12th June.