UCL Department of Geography


Engagement in Publicly Initiated Scientific Research

This project looks at engagement in Do-It-Yourself practices that link knowledge to action in 'publicly initiated scientific research'.

The aim is to identify and explore how groups and individuals engage in the creation and mediation of knowledge to address issues that are of concern to them and how they translate this into publicly-lead actions that bring about change.

Using the Theory of Communicative Action and by following the development of three case studies of individuals and communities initiating scientific research, the outcomes of this research are expected to help support the acceptance of publicly initiated research as valid ways of knowing and understanding and thus foster the democratisation of collaborative science.