Citizen science can be seen as a way to democratize science policy and practices it is a science not only serving the interests of citizens but is also performed by citizens. Examples range from butterfly counts and environmental observations to amateur astronomy and even art history and archaeology. This project will investigate the emerging phenomenon of public involvement and participation in scientific research as well as its implications on policy, politics and social movements. These issues are becoming all the more pressing in the era of post-truth politics and populism.
The student(s) will: (1) review the literature on citizen science; and/or (2) develop case studies on citizen science, focusing on its relationships with policy, politics and/or social movements. He/she/they will have excellent skills in reading and writing. Knowledge in public policy, political science, and/or sociology is highly desirable.
1. Knowledge: Describe and/or explain the phenomenon of citizen science from the perspective of social science.
2. Skills: Develop and analyze case studies on citizen science.
3. Attitude: Exercise independent judgments in debates about science and its relationships with policy, politics and social movements.