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Exploring the Potential of Citizen Social Science for Environmental and Sustainability Research: Experiences of and with Community-Based Researchers

Fischer, Anke and Dinnie, Elizabeth and Ellis, Rowan and Eastwood, Antonia and Carter, Alan and Welsh, Gregor (2021). Exploring the Potential of Citizen Social Science for Environmental and Sustainability Research: Experiences of and with Community-Based Researchers. Citizen science. 6 , 17
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Abstract

Citizen social science has been developing in meaning and prevalence over the past few years, building on experiences with both citizen (natural) science and established social science methods such as participatory action research. However, most of the debate is still at the conceptual level, with strong calls for more empirical insight. Here, we critically examine the promises and challenges of citizen social science, based on two small-scale, co-created and locally embedded projects on people’s relationships with urban greenspaces and community food growing, conducted as a collaboration between professional and citizen social scientists. Our findings illustrate the complexity of such research in practice and identify five dilemmas that arise from tensions between the aspirations and hopes associated with co-created citizen social science, and the pragmatic and procedural realities of citizen research in practice. We argue that citizen social science projects will have to actively engage with these in order to be successful.

Authors/Creators:Fischer, Anke and Dinnie, Elizabeth and Ellis, Rowan and Eastwood, Antonia and Carter, Alan and Welsh, Gregor
Title:Exploring the Potential of Citizen Social Science for Environmental and Sustainability Research: Experiences of and with Community-Based Researchers
Series Name/Journal:Citizen science
Year of publishing :2021
Volume:6
Article number:17
Number of Pages:12
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 509 Other Social Sciences > Social Sciences Interdisciplinary (Peace and Conflict Research and Studies on Sustainable Society)
Keywords:participatory action research, community-based research, greenspace, community food growing, Scotland
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-114687
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-114687
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Type of IDID
DOI10.5334/cstp.389
ID Code:26308
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:14 Dec 2021 14:25
Metadata Last Modified:14 Dec 2021 14:31

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