The role of learning in citizen science and the impact of participation inequality

From August to December I was hosted at the Centre for Research and interdisciplinarity in Paris. This short term research fellowship had a focus on learning and citizen science. The recording below is from a seminar in November 2019, titled “the role of learning in citizen science and the impact of participation inequality”.

The talk explored how learning is integrated into citizen science in its different modes. As a background, we will start with published typologies and identified goals and objectives of learning within citizen science projects. Based on these, we can examine different projects – some are more contributory (top-down projects, in which scientists are setting the project and calling to people to join) and collegial projects (bottom-up projects, in which the community have more control over the project), and in the projects of the extreme citizen science group. We will end by questions about the interaction between learning and participation (exploring the implications of participation inequality), and the way citizen science fit within different disciplinary practices.


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