From citizen science to citizen action: analysing the potential for a digital platform to cultivate attachments to nature

Nirwan Sharma, Sam Greaves, Advaith Siddharthan, Helen Brenda Anderson, Anne-Marie Robinson, Laura Colucci-Gray, Agung Toto Wibowo, Helen Bostock, Andrew Salisbury, Stuart Roberts, David Slawson, Rene Van der Wal

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Abstract

Identifying private gardens in the U.K. as key sites of environmental engagement, we look at how a longer-term online citizen science programme facilitated the development of new and personal attachments of nature. These were visible through new or renewed interest in wildlife-friendly gardening practices and attitudinal shifts in a large proportion of its participants. Qualitative and quantitative data collected via interviews, focus groups, surveys and logging of user behaviours, revealed that cultivating a fascination with species identification was key to both 'helping nature' and wider learning, with the programme creating a space where scientific and non-scientific knowledge could co-exist and reinforce one another.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Science Communication
Volume18
Issue number1
Early online date17 Jan 2019
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Publication statusPublished - 2019

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From citizen science to citizen action: analysing the potential for a digital platform to cultivate attachments to nature. / Sharma, Nirwan; Greaves, Sam; Siddharthan, Advaith; Anderson, Helen Brenda; Robinson, Anne-Marie; Colucci-Gray, Laura; Wibowo, Agung Toto; Bostock, Helen; Salisbury, Andrew; Roberts, Stuart; Slawson, David; Van der Wal, Rene.

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Sharma, Nirwan ; Greaves, Sam ; Siddharthan, Advaith ; Anderson, Helen Brenda ; Robinson, Anne-Marie ; Colucci-Gray, Laura ; Wibowo, Agung Toto ; Bostock, Helen ; Salisbury, Andrew ; Roberts, Stuart ; Slawson, David ; Van der Wal, Rene. / From citizen science to citizen action: analysing the potential for a digital platform to cultivate attachments to nature. In: Journal of Science Communication. 2019 ; Vol. 18, No. 1.
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