PhD-project. The project focusses on urban innovation and participatory processes. The project aims at examining and assessing the possibilities for increasing public participation in the urban development. Furthermore, the project aims at strengthening the understanding of the conditions necessary for establishing local networks, and different methodologies for doing so are examined. The project combines theories of communication, dialogue and innovation with theories of systems, information, media and decision making. The project involves a comparative study of Denmark (Amager) and Japan.