Recent contributions of Citizen Science in sustainability policies: A critical review

Alba L'Astorina*, Laura Criscuolo, René Van der Wal, Laura Colucci-Gray

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Abstract / Description of output

Citizen Science (CS) is often used to describe collaborations between researchers and non-professional volunteers who help with data collection and other research tasks, such as species identification, data annotation and classification. Other definitions refer to citizens producing their own evidence to influence policy and raise community awareness, including participatory projects where citizen scientists contribute to defining the focus, co-design or run an entire research project. This integrative review provides a critical appraisal of both empirical studies and theoretical perspectives on CS in emerging research related to environment and health policies, with a particular emphasis on sustainability. The analysis points to the need for greater awareness of CS methodology in order to redress the relations between scientific research and policy-making, considering local communities’ knowledge and values as pivotal to shaping future sustainability policy agendas, in ways that are both more comprehensive and sensitive to changing contexts and specific needs.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCurrent Opinion in Environmental Science & Health
Early online date5 Dec 2022
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 5 Dec 2022

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • citizen science
  • sustainability
  • policy-making
  • SDGs
  • participatory research
  • top-down/bottom-up approach


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