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Measuring the impacts of participatory citizen science: Lessons from the WeCount sustainable mobility project

Sardo, Margarida; Laggan, Sophie; Fogg Rogers, Laura; Franchois, Elke; Maccani, Giovanni; Vanherle, Kris; Hayes, Enda

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Authors

Sophie Laggan

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Dr Laura Fogg Rogers Laura.Foggrogers@uwe.ac.uk
Associate Professor of Knowledge Exchange in Engineering

Elke Franchois

Giovanni Maccani

Kris Vanherle

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Enda Hayes Enda.Hayes@uwe.ac.uk
Prof in Air Quality & Carbon Management/School Director (Research & Enterprise)



Abstract

WeCount was designed to empower citizens in five case studies across Europe to take a leading role in the production of data, evidence, knowledge and solutions for local sustainable mobility. This practice insight aims to explore the suitability and value of citizen science to address sustainable mobility and sustainable transport issues. The evaluation showed that WeCount was able to reach and sustain engagement with broad demographics in society and highlighted the importance of co-design in making citizen science enjoyable and empowering. Statistical significance was found: the more a citizen enjoyed their time, the more likely they were to state they would continue working with the data beyond the project. Moreover, WeCount citizens reported that participation led to action and/or changes in behaviours. While the numbers are modest (24 individual actions by around 10% of participants), this is an important, measurable outcome.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 20, 2024
Online Publication Date Jun 10, 2024
Publication Date Jun 10, 2024
Deposit Date Jun 10, 2024
Publicly Available Date Jun 12, 2024
Journal Journal of Science Communication
Electronic ISSN 1824-2049
Publisher Sissa Medialab
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 23
Issue 5
Article Number 01
DOI https://doi.org/10.22323/2.23050801
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/12040038

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