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Citizen Social Science and Pathways to Prosperity: Co-designing Research and Impact in Beirut, Lebanon

Jallad, M; Mintchev, N; Pietrostefani, E; Daher, M; Moore, H; (2021) Citizen Social Science and Pathways to Prosperity: Co-designing Research and Impact in Beirut, Lebanon. International Journal of Social Research Methodology 10.1080/13645579.2021.1942664. (In press).

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Abstract

This article argues for a citizen social science methodology in which residents from the sites of inquiry play a central role in key activities of the research process and beyond: research design and data collection, presentation and publication of findings, and design and implementation of urban interventions that address challenges to quality of life. This is a way of democratising the research process through sustained engagement with communities and an emphasis on co-designing pathways to impact. The article draws on the authors’ experience of running a citizen social science project in Beirut, Lebanon, where citizen scientists, university academics, and NGOs have worked collaboratively to understand what prosperity means for local residents, develop context-specific measures of prosperity, and design and implement small-scale interventions for local challenges.

Type: Article
Title: Citizen Social Science and Pathways to Prosperity: Co-designing Research and Impact in Beirut, Lebanon
DOI: 10.1080/13645579.2021.1942664
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13645579.2021.1942664
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Participatory methods, co-design, Lebanon, Beirut, urban studies
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > UCL Institute for Global Prosperity
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10132101
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