New knowledge environments: On the possibility of social citizen science


Citizen science, which incorporates a wide variety of practices and perspectives, is in a process of consolidation. Social sciences and humanities occupy a small space in this field, despite the obvious social dimension of citizen science. In this sense, social citizen science can enrich the concept of citizen science, both because the research objective can also be of a social nature and because it provides greater reflection upon the active participation of individuals, groups, or communities in research projects. Based on different experiences, this paper proposes that social citizenship science has the capacity to empower participants and provide them with skills to promote collective activities or public policies based on co-created knowledge.


citizen science; social citizen science; vulnerable groups; empowerment; transformative science


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