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PhD Studentship Opportunity

The EPSRC funded project “Challenging RISK: Achieving Resilience by Integrating Societal and Technical Knowledge” focusses on aspects of earthquake, fire hazards and community engagement. Within this project there is an opportunity for a suitable candidate to be funded for a PhD studentship. The studentship will be supervised by Professor Mordechai (Muki) Haklay (with further support and guidance from Patrick Rickles) and will start in the autumn of 2014, within UCL’s Extreme Citizen Science group (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/excites).  For more information click here. More...

Published: Jul 10, 2014 5:32:36 PM

Two new Blog posts

Read our two new blog posts about our research trip in Congo-Brazzaville: Participatory Mapping in Congo-Brazzaville (Part 1) and Participatory Mapping in Congo-Brazzaville (Part 2): Usability experiments More...

Published: Jun 28, 2013 11:08:27 AM

New Opportunity

Senior Developer at the Extreme Citizen Science (ExCiteS) group (UCL). More...

Published: May 5, 2013 8:26:40 AM

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What is 'extreme' citizen science?

Citizen Science is hardly a new concept, but during the last decade it has seen a rise in both academic and popular interest for the topic. This trend is in part driven by an increased interest for open paradigms, as well as, Information Communication Technology (ICT) innovations such as smartphones, mobile Internet and cloud computing. This has given rise to the emergence of a growing and highly diverse crop of new – and often innovative – initiatives that are being, or could be, labelled as Citizen Science1.

Whilst there are often big differences between projects, for instance when it comes to power relations – “Who is working for who?” – or the determination of goals and outcomes – “Who is solving whose problems?” – there is hope that, at the very least, this rediscovery of citizen science might lead to a renewed mutual interest, and perhaps understanding, between scientists and the general public.

Most citizen science initiatives are set in affluent areas of the world, and by and large they target an educated, or at least literate, public.  Extreme Citizen Science aspires to extend the reach and potential of citizen science beyond this restricted context.

We collectively define 'Extreme Citizen Science' as:


Extreme Citizen Science is a situated, bottom-up practice that takes into account local needs, practices and culture and works with broad networks of people to design and build new devices and knowledge creation processes that can transform the world.


 1Related terms include: Community Science, Citizen Cyber Science, Community Sensing, Participatory Mapping, Participatory (Mobile) Sensing and so on.

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