Place-Based Citizen-Science for Wellbeing: Conceptual and practical understandings of ‘place’ for science and society

Join the Citizen Science SIG for this one-day conference discussing the challenges of place-based science.

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Place-Based Citizen Science (PBCS) is an emerging field. There is considerable interest in Ecology and Environmental Sciences and Social Sciences in place-based approaches. Place-based approaches are valuable for effective public engagement in ecological science, and supporting the longevity of citizen science activities with relevance to target participants.

This one-day conference will invite practitioners and academics from NGOs/third sector, public bodies and universities to illustrate and provide a critical insight into the challenges of place-based citizen science, and to propose solutions to these questions.

Our keynote speakers have expertise in international issues for Place Based Citizen Science and our talks are based on submitted from interdisciplinary networks. The format is intended to provide an in-depth, rich and focused discussion of issues.

Key themes

•        Social theories of place and science-nature connections.
•        Co-production and citizen-led science.
•        Environmental justice, environment and community wellbeing.
•        Place-based, community or extreme citizen science
•        Environmental policy and/or governance informed by citizen science
•        Beyond science impacts: rethinking citizen science.

Provisional event programme

  • 10.00 Registration and Coffee
  • 10.20 Welcome and Introduction (Dr Sara McBride-Stewart)
  • 10.30 Keynotes
  • 11.30 Break and CS POSTER display
  • 11.45 Presentation session 1
  • 13.00 Lunch and CS POSTER display
  • 14.00 Presentation session 2
  • 15.30 Comfort Break
  • 15.35 Plenary session followed by open discussion of issues raised during the conference
  • 16.30 Concluding remarks and Close



  • Beyond Lovely: Coming to know place through training the citizen scientific eye, Dr Ria Dunkley, Lecturer in Geography, Environment & Sustainability
  • Shapeshifting Attachment? Exploring three-dimensional people-place bonds in place-based citizen science, Dr Benjamin K. Haywood, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science & Sustainability


  • The Urban Buzz – pollinators, community conservation and wellbeing, Dr Joelene Hughes Senior Conservation Scientist RSPB
  • Towards place based citizen science and community wellbeing: a dual approach to environmental monitoring in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Dr Alexandra Albert & Dr Nadia Richman, Research Associate, Extreme Citizen Science research group. University College London
  • How does your garden grow? – challenges and opportunities for hypothesis-based citizen research in food growing, Victoria J. Burton, Alice Ambler, Roy Neilson, Gerid Hager, Raquel Ajates Gonzalez & Naomi K. van der Velden. Citizen Science Facilitator and Designer, GROW Observatory
  • WeatherBlur: Blurring the lines between science, environmental literacy, education and civic action through citizen science, Rebecca Clark Uchenna (STEM Education Specialist) & Alex Brasili (Research Associate) Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance
  • Opportunities, risks and challenges in engaging citizens in mapping urban trees for ecosystem services assessments: lessons from a large, UK project, Philip M Wheeler, Janice Ansine, Kate Hand, Kenton Rogers, Phillip Handley & Kieron Doick
  • Assessment of river health through citizen science approach: comparison between rol’s citizen eye and river ranger 2.0, Sathis Venkitasamy & Kalithasan Kailasam* Senior Programme Officer, River Care Programme, Global Environment Centre
  • The potential of citizen science in US climate change litigation, Sam Varvastian PhD Researcher


  • Place Based Concepts and Methods in a Malaysian Watershed, Zeeda Mohamad, Asaih Kadir, Affan Nasaruddin (University of Malaya)


Registration closes at 17:00 (BST) 8 August 2019.

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