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Alan Irwin's Citizen Science

Opticon publishes Hannah’s review

Alan Irwin's Citizen Science

The Spring edition of Opticon1826, UCL’s journal run and edited by postgraduate students, includes an essay review of Alan Irwin's Citizen Science (1995) by Hannah Mowat, a student on this year’s MSc in Environment, Science and Society course.

In Citizen Science, Irwin proposed innovative ways in which citizens and scientists can come together in productive relationships to tackle environmental problems, although only if the public understanding of science is matched by science’s understanding of the public.

Hannah revisits the text to review the state of citizen-science relationships since the book’s publication. She uses her experience of contemporary citizen-science relations in international climate arenas, notably at UNFCCC climate summits and counter-summits, to examine how Irwin's early projections can today help the activist and policy worlds work together more collaboratively.



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