Scientific citizens, smartphones and social media – reshaping the socio-spatial networks of participation: Insects, soil and food

Reed, Matt ORCID: 0000-0003-1105-9625 (2020) Scientific citizens, smartphones and social media – reshaping the socio-spatial networks of participation: Insects, soil and food. Moravian Geographical Reports, 28 (1). pp. 61-67. doi:10.2478.mgr-2020-005

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The conjunction of citizen science and social media through the mediation of the smartphone is investigated in this Scientific Communication, following on from the last issue of the Moravian Geographical Reports (2019, Vol. 27, No. 4). Through a reconsideration of three previously published articles, in part written by the author, this paper reflects on these topics with regard to farmer innovation, local food networks and citizen-informed ecology. Each of these papers has used Twitter to gather data about practices of innovation and observation that have revealed new insights about innovation networks amongst farmers, urban-rural connections and insect behaviours. The reflections reported here are embedded in a discussion of the rise of the term ‘Citizen Science’. Recent experiences in areas as diverse as fisheries management and combating Ebola, have informed societal needs for greater engagement in finding inclusive, comprehensive solutions to urgent socio-ecological problems. This paper suggests a compositional approach to studies using citizen scientists and their data as a new avenue of practice and investigation.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Citizen science; Innovation practices; Food networks; Farmers; Insect behaviours; Twitter
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Countryside and Community Research Institute
Research Priority Areas: Place, Environment and Community
Depositing User: Matthew Reed
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2020 12:42
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2022 16:01

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