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Technological affordance and the realities of citizen science projects developed in challenging territories

Grigoletto, Fabio, De Oliveras, Fernanda, Momesso, Caio, Nehemy, Ibrahim, De Almeidra Junior, Joao, Sao Pedro, Vinicius, Greco, Roberto, Alves, Mario and Edwards, Timothy ORCID: 2023. Technological affordance and the realities of citizen science projects developed in challenging territories. Sustainability 15 , 6654. 10.3390/su15086654

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Citizen science has established itself as an important approach to the co-production of knowledge and public participation in scientific research. Combined with digital technologies and online tools, the approach has been celebrated as a path toward the democratization of science. How- ever, only a few studies have investigated the role digital technologies play in shaping interactions between people and nature. Additionally, the role of context in shaping online and face-to-face participation in citizen science projects has yet to receive much attention. This article takes a citizen science initiative in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest in the state of São Paulo as an illustrative case of the emergence of unanticipated consequences of digital technologies. The emergence of a socio-material practice of animal identification through a popular instant-messaging app is described, allowing a better understanding of the role of digital technologies and the context framing citizen participation in challenging environments.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Publisher: MDPI
ISSN: 2071-1050
Funders: EPSRC Global Challenges Research Fund Institutional Scholarship (2017), Cardiff University (2018), FGV Pesquisa (2018), HEFCW GCRF Small Project (2019), ESRC—Impact Acceleration Account (2021), Cardiff Business School (2021)
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 14 April 2023
Date of Acceptance: 8 April 2023
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2023 09:22

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