Citizen Social Science: New and Established Approaches to Participation in Social Research

Alexandra Albert, Katja Mayer, Balázs Bálint, Eglė Butkevičienė, Josep Perelló

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This chapter explores the ways in which the roles of citizens and researchers play out in the social sciences. This is expressed by numerous overlapping and related terms, such as co-production and participatory action research, to name but two, and by the different social topics that citizen social science draws attention to. The key question this chapter seeks to explore is what does naming citizen social science as such bring to the fields of citizen science and the social sciences? The chapter explores the different epistemic foundations of citizen social science and outlines the development and provenance of citizen social science in its broadest sense, reflecting on how it is currently practised. It draws on different examples from the experiences and work of the authors and notes the boundaries and overlaps with citizen science. The chapter also highlights some of the key issues that citizen social science gives rise to, emphasising that while citizen social science is a relatively new term, its underlying approaches and epistemic foundations are at least partially established in the social sciences.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Science of Citizen Science
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9783030582784
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Austrian Fields of Science 2012

  • 509017 Social studies of science


  • Co-creation
  • Co-production
  • Participatory action research
  • Social impact

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