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Citizen Science Case Studies and Their Impacts on Social Innovation

Butkevičienė, Egle; Skarlatidou, Artemis; Balázs, Bálint; Duží, Barbora; Massetti, Luciano; Tsampoulatidis, Ioannis; Tauginienė, Loreta; (2021) Citizen Science Case Studies and Their Impacts on Social Innovation. In: Vohland, Katrin and Land-Zandstra, Anne and Ceccaroni, Luigi and Lemmens, Rob and Perelló, Josep and Ponti, Marisa and Samson, Roeland and Wagenknecht, Katherin, (eds.) The Science of Citizen Science. (pp. 309-348). Springer: Cham, Switzerland. Green open access

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Social innovation brings social change and aims to address societal challenges and social needs in a novel way. We therefore consider citizen science as both (1) social innovation in research and (2) an innovative way to develop and foster social innovation. In this chapter, we discuss how citizen science contributes to society’s goals and the development of social innovation, and we conceptualise citizen science as a process that creates social innovation. We argue that both citizen science and social innovation can be analysed using three dimensions – content, process, and empowerment (impact). Using these three dimensions as a framework for our analysis, we present five citizen science cases to demonstrate how citizen science leads to social innovation. As a result of our case study analysis, we identify the major challenges for citizen science in stimulating social innovation.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Citizen Science Case Studies and Their Impacts on Social Innovation
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-58278-4_16
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-58278-4_16
Language: English
Additional information: © The Author(s) 2021 Open Access This chapter is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits use, sharing, adaptation, distribution and reproduction in any medium or format, as long as you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license and indicate if changes were made. The images or other third party material in this chapter are included in the chapter's Creative Commons license, unless indicated otherwise in a credit line to the material. If material is not included in the chapter's Creative Commons license and your intended use is not permitted by statutory regulation or exceeds the permitted use, you will need to obtain permission directly from the copyright holder.
Keywords: Social change, Empowerment, Societal challenge, Digital innovation, Active citizenship, Environmental issues, Air pollution, Nature conservation
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Geography
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10145625
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