Jade Lauren Gunnell
Current research/thesis title:
Co-created Citizen Science for Community Action
Jade's PhD focuses on the vision to democratize science in order to tackle issues of public interest at a local level, through increasing the practice of 'co-created' forms of citizen science practice.
Citizen Science is becoming a well-established practice in the natural science disciplines, where citizens are invited to participate in the research process. At its most simple level citizen science invites members of the public to collect data on behalf of the scientists (known as contributory citizen science). But interest is growing around the benefits of engaging citizens in more aspects of the scientific process, such as in co-created citizen science where the citizens are involved in the whole scientific process.
Jade's research project examines how co-created participatory research processes support communities to take action on the issues that matter to them. Through a suite of different case studies Jade is exploring how the research process and contextual factors influence the action outcomes of these processes and to what extent these processes are beneficial to and serve the communities involved. This project aims to identify what co-created citizen science can achieve for science and society, and to ascertain the core features of a successful co-created project, developing models of practice and/or interventions to support practitioner’s delivery. Of particular interest is the public’s capacity to participate in delivering the scientific process and how this might be fostered.
Names of Supervisors: Mel Woods, Prof. Ioan Fazey