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From citizen science to citizen action: analysing the potential for a digital platform to cultivate attachments to nature

Sharma, Nirwan; Sam, Greaves; Colucci-Gray, Laura; Siddharthan, Advaith and van der Wal, René (2019). From citizen science to citizen action: analysing the potential for a digital platform to cultivate attachments to nature. Journal of Science Communication, 18(1) pp. 1–35.

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Abstract

Identifying private gardens in the UK as key sites of environmental engagement, we look at how a longer-term online citizen science programme facilitated the development of new and personal understandings of nature. These were visible through new or renewed interest in wildlife-friendly gardening practices and attitudinal shifts in a large proportion of its participants. Qualitative and quantitative data, collected via interviews, focus groups, surveys and logging of user behaviours, revealed that cultivating a fascination with species identification was key to both ‘helping nature’ and wider learning, with the programme creating a space where scientific and non-scientific knowledge could co-exist and reinforce one another.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2019 The Authors
ISSN: 1824-2049
Keywords: citizen science; civic action; environmental communication; embodied cognition; public understanding of science and technology
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Knowledge Media Institute (KMi)
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Item ID: 58272
Depositing User: Advaith Siddharthan
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2018 10:11
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2019 04:17
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/58272
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