14. Citizen social science

Parallel session | Chairperson: Stefan Thomas | Tuesday, 08 September 2020 | 14:30-15:30

14:30-15:30  |  14.1 Towards a citizen social science methodology: examining cultural and social practices of citizen science research

Author/s: Lead authors: Stefan Thomas, David Scheller, Dick Kasperowski, Niels Gommesen, Niclas Hagen. Secondary authors: Jo Havemann, Katja Mayer, Josep Perelló, Veronika Wöhrer

Presenters: Dick Kasperowski, Niclas Hagen, Stefan Thomas, Debora Swistun, Niels Gommesen, Guillermina Actis

In recent years, scholars from the social sciences and humanities have engaged in the field of Citizen Science (CS). We understand this turn towards a Citizen ​Social Science (CSS) as an invitation to citizens to participate and collaborate in potentially all phases of the research process by putting the (local) communities needs and concerns in the center. CSS engages with current discourses on political participation in democratic societies highlightening central dimensions of CS such as inclusion, contribution, and reciprocity, which must be supplemented with further concepts such as responsibility, transparency, mutual trust and research ethics.

Session Organizers:Stefan Thomas (University of Applied Science Potsdam), David Scheller (University of Applied Science Potsdam), Dick Kasperowski (University Gothenburg)Niclas Hagen (University Gothenburg), Niels Jørgen Gommesen (University of Southern Denmark)


“Seven principals for citizen social science: the research forum as a foundation for a participatory approach“ 

Stefan Thomas (University of Applied Sciences Potsdam), David Scheller (University of Applied Sciences Potsdam)

“Participatory knowledge production and their transformative potential for environmental justice: the case of Matanza-Riachuelo river basin (Buenos Aires, Argentina)“

Débora Swistun (Fundación Ambiente y Recursos Naturales), Valeria Arza and Guillermina Actis (Universidad Nacional de San Martín) 14:40-14:50

“New boundaries: themes of ethical boundary work in citizen science“

Dick Kasperowski (University of Gothenburg) and Niclas Hagens (University of Gothenburg) 14:50-15:00

“Citizen science and artificial intelligence: communication, culture and ethics“

Niels Jørgen Gommesen (Southern University of Denmark) 15:00-15:10


General discussion