Making Sense: Empowering participatory sensing with transformation design

Saskia Coulson, Melanie Woods, Michelle Scott, Drew Hemment

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This paper demonstrates the value of transformation design in participatory sensing anddescribeshow design can inform awareness and develop actions for change to tackle environmental issues. Recent researchadvocatesfor participatory sensing (open data capture through digital platforms) using technology that can assist and inspire citizens in driving environmental change. This paper examines a study aimed at overcoming some of the challenges associated with the sustainability and impact of environmental participatory sensing. Our approachmergesthe fields of participatory sensing and design, and exploreshow transformation design can add an important dynamic in the framing of participatory sensing. It conceptualizes the way thatcommunities increase awareness of environmental issues and take actionto effect positive change. We present a study conducted across three European cities with citizens who were concerned about environmental challenges. Our contribution describes an approach and range of methods for supporting action and change
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)813-833
Number of pages21
JournalThe Design Journal
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 12 Dec 2018

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Participatory Sensing
  • Transformation Design
  • Urban Environmental Challenges
  • Citizen Science
  • Making Sense


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  • Citizen Sensing: A Toolkit

    Woods, M., Balestrini, M., Bejtullahu, S., Bocconi, S., Boerwinkel, G., Boonstra, M., Boschman, D-S., Camprodon, G., Coulson, S., Diez, T., Fazey, I., Hemment, D., van den Horn, C., Ilazi, T., Jansen-Dings, I., Kresin, F., McQuillan, D., Nascimento, S., Pareschi, E., Polvora, A., & 3 othersSalaj, R., Scott, M. & Seiz, G., 2018, Making Sense. 221 p.

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