Civic Engagement

Civic Engagement

Civic engagement is a core component of democratic society; citizens’ involvement in their communities strengthens neighborly bonds and community institutions, injects local voices into community development planning, and revitalizes democratic principles and processes. When individuals are involved in the everyday life of their communities and in formal and informal political and community decision-making processes, they contribute to shaping outcomes that impact individual and community well-being. Such involvement is critical to realizing the ideals of democracy and building vibrant communities in which the integration of natural, economic, political, and cultural resources ensures sustainable development and a high quality of life for all.

At the Carsey Institute, civic engagement work takes two primary forms: research publications, seen below, and our state-wide initiative, NH Listens.

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Research Experts

Bruce L. Mallory

Bruce L. Mallory

Director, NH Listens

Vicki Banyard

Vicki Banyard

Professor, Department of Psychology

Charlie French

Charlie French

Program Team Leader, Community & Economic Development, University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension

Michele Holt-Shannon

Michele Holt-Shannon

Associate Director, NH Listens

William Maddocks

William Maddocks

Program Director, Sustainable Microenterprise and Development

Sally Ward

Sally Ward

Professor, Department of Sociology