Session #1

Session #1: What is citizen science? What and whose purposes does it serve?

Wednesday July 15th, 2020

11am-1pm (Pacific)/ 12-2pm (Mountain)/ 1-3pm (Central)/ 2-4pm (Eastern)

Many different motivations and methodologies fall under the umbrella of “citizen science.” This week’s set of readings provides a general overview of the history of the field with particular attention to how distinctions between “expert” and “lay” science emerged historically in the context of participatory science. Within this conversation we highlight assertions about power and privilege in the context of producing scientific objectivity from classic works in feminist science studies.

Session video recording can be found here.

Session audio recording can be found here.

Prezi presentation can be found here.


  1. Strasser, B., Baudry, J., Mahr, D., Sanchez, G., & Tancoigne, E. (2019). ” Citizen Science”? Rethinking Science and Public Participation. Science & Technology Studies, 32: 52-76.
  2. Haraway D (1988) Situated Knowledges: The Science Question in Feminism and the Privilege of Partial Perspective.Feminist Studies 14(3): 575-599. 
  3. Jasanoff, S. (2007). “Technologies of humility.” Nature 450.7166 (2007): 33-33.


Julie Maldonado, Associate Director, Livelihoods Knowledge Exchange Network (LiKEN). Dr. Maldonado (Ph.D. Public Anthropology) is the Associate Director for the Livelihoods Knowledge Exchange Network (LiKEN), a non-profit, link-tank for policy-relevant research toward post-carbon livelihoods and communities. In this capacity, she serves as co-director of The Rising Voices Center for Indigenous and Earth Sciences, which facilitates intercultural, relational-based approaches for understanding and adapting to extreme weather and climate events, variability, and change. Her recent book, Seeking Justice in an Energy Sacrifice Zone: Standing on Vanishing Land in Coastal Louisiana, emerged from years of collaborative work with Tribal communities in coastal Louisiana experiencing and responding to repeat disasters and climate chaos

Simona Perry, Research Director & Founder,c.a.s.e. Consulting Services LLC; Executive Director, Pipeline Safety Coalition; Co-Founder, Oceans Connect, Inc. Dr. Perry (Ph.D. Human Dimensions of Natural Resources) is an applied social and environmental scientist and community rights advocate. In her dual roles as a research and communications consultant and leader of a national safety advocacy organization, she seeks to develop and implement community-centered practices focused on principles of long-term resilience, self-determination, collaborative and adaptive governance, human rights, and rights of nature. This year, she and two colleagues in southeast Georgia formed Oceans Connect, Inc., to protect and regenerate our common ocean resources by building a diverse and connected ocean conservation community in the Southeast U.S. and Caribbean. One of the goals of Oceans Connect in 2020-2023 is to collaborate with others on community/citizen data collection efforts specific to marine pollution.   

Supplemental readings:

  1. Lazarus, H, JK Maldonado, B Gough. Rising Voices. (2016). “The Rising Voices: Building bridges between scientific and indigenous communities.” Natural Hazards Observer, Vol XL(4). 
  2. Maldonado, J. (2017). Protect Our Public Lands, Red Pepper, February 14.
  3. Jalbert, K., Kinchy, A.J., & Perry, S.L. (2014). Civil society research and Marcellus Shale natural gas development: results of a survey of volunteer water monitoring. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences. (78 – 86).


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