Citizen Science as an Innovative Form of Citizen Participation for Welfare Society Development (CS4Welfare)

 

Project no.: P-GEV-20-28

Project description:

This project aims to explore the potential of citizen science as an innovative form of engaging citizens in solving social problems of local communities and to develop recommendations for governmental institutions and other stakeholder groups. The notion of citizen science as an innovative form of engagement is widely applied in the global context. In Lithuania, however, the inclusion of citizens in scientific activities is in initial stage. Therefore, this project will explore the potential of citizen science in addressing the social problems of local communities and identify the barriers and motivation for stakeholder involvement.
Objectives of the project: (1) To actualize the concept of citizen science by analysing scientific literature and documents, highlighting the potential of citizen science for solving social problems in local communities; (2) To develop a conceptual model and instrument for empirical research for the application of citizen science in solving social problem of local communities through analysis of scientific sources and international best practices; (3) To explore the scope and potential of citizen science in solving social problems of local communities in Lithuania through analysis of factors and attitudes of various stakeholders (citizens, communities, researchers, policy-makers, etc.); (4) To provide recommendations for public institutions and stakeholder groups on ethical principles, preconditions, barriers, and potential for the use of citizen science in addressing social problems in local communities.
This study would be the first exploratory step towards the development and promotion of citizen science in Lithuania. The results of the research project will be presented for both the academic community and general public at the national and international events and in the media.

Project funding:

Research Council of Lithuania (RCL), National Research Programme “Welfare Society”

Period of project implementation: 2020-04-01 - 2021-12-31

Project coordinator: Kaunas University of Technology

Head:
Eglė Butkevičienė

Duration:
2020 - 2021

Department:
Faculty of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, Institute of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities