UCL Department of Geography


Citizen Science and Society

13 November 2018

Progress towards Open Science and Open Innovation

Citizen Science and Society

Professor Muki Haklay (Professor of Geographic Information Science, UCL Geography) is co-editor of a new book on Citizen Science, Citizen Science: Innovation in Open Science, Society and Policy, published by UCL Press.

Citizen science is the active participation of the public in scientific research projects, a rapidly expanding challenge in the development of open science and open innovation.

Worldwide, new technologies are evolving that easily and effectively connect people with the scientific community. Citizens’ growing wishes to be actively involved in scientific processes also support rising demands for tertiary education and the active involvement of citizens in sustainable development.

The volume identifies and explains the innovative role of citizen science in both science and society, and at the interface of science and policy. It is global in scope, identifying lessons to be applied across science, practice and policy.

As well as addressing wider agendas of open science and open innovation, the book also discusses progress towards responsible research and innovation, two of the most critical aspects of science today.