Harnessing Enthusiasm: tree health, ecosocialities and citizens as early-warning systems

Ctizen Science in Action

This research examines how people, nature, technology and enthusiasm mingle, interact and emerge, collectively and individually, at different times and in different spaces, in the context of monitoring and managing tree health. Amateurs, enthusiasts and volunteers have long contributed to scientific research. Today, demand for data on biodiversity outstrips the capacity of professional scientists (in terms of manpower and finance), citizen scientists are therefore increasingly valuable to the design, collection and analysis of scientific data. Through collaboration with Forest Research, the Sylva Foundation and the Science Museum,  Dr Geoghegan will investigate the development of a UK framework for monitoring tree health through citizen science, specifically how relations between and about nature, technology, science and society are made and sustained.


  • Funding: This project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) - Future Research Leader Award.
  • Start & End date: 10/2012-09/2015
  • Collaborators: Forest Research; Sylva Foundation; Science Museum
  • Contact details: For more information about this project you can contact Dr Hilary Geoghegan - e-mail: h [dot] geoghegan [at] ucl [dot] ac [dot] uk 

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