Co-creation in citizen social science

  • This paper addresses the emerging methodological debate about citizen social science from the perspective of participatory research methods. The paper introduces the research forum as a horizontal and safe communicative space moderated by academic researchers that enables co-researcher participation across all phases of co-creational research projects. It is argued that in co-creational citizen social science, such a communicative space requires conceptualisation in order for it to foster citizens’ engagement in the knowledge production that deals with their specific social lifeworlds. In the research forum, the potential that the social sciences bring to citizen science—methodological reflection and the theoretical interpretation and contextualisation of data—can flourish in a collaborative process. Based on the expertise in co-created research in multigenerational co-housing projects, the paper reflects on practical experiences with the research forum in terms of four central dimensions: (1) opening up spaces for social encounters;This paper addresses the emerging methodological debate about citizen social science from the perspective of participatory research methods. The paper introduces the research forum as a horizontal and safe communicative space moderated by academic researchers that enables co-researcher participation across all phases of co-creational research projects. It is argued that in co-creational citizen social science, such a communicative space requires conceptualisation in order for it to foster citizens’ engagement in the knowledge production that deals with their specific social lifeworlds. In the research forum, the potential that the social sciences bring to citizen science—methodological reflection and the theoretical interpretation and contextualisation of data—can flourish in a collaborative process. Based on the expertise in co-created research in multigenerational co-housing projects, the paper reflects on practical experiences with the research forum in terms of four central dimensions: (1) opening up spaces for social encounters; (2) establishing communicative practice; (3) initiating a process of social self-understanding; (4) engaging in (counter-)public discourses. Finally, the paper closes with a summary of potential and challenges that the research forum provides as a methodological foundation for co-creation in citizen social science projects.zeige mehrzeige weniger

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Verfasserangaben:Stefan ThomasORCiDGND, David SchellerORCiD, Susan Schröder
DOI:https://doi.org/10.1057/s41599-021-00902-x
ISSN:2662-9992
Titel des übergeordneten Werkes (Englisch):Humanities and Social Sciences Communications
Untertitel (Deutsch):The research forum as a methodological foundation for communication and participation
Verlag:Springer Nature
Verlagsort:London
Dokumentart:Wissenschaftlicher Artikel
Sprache:Englisch
Datum der Veröffentlichung (online):15.10.2021
Jahr der Erstveröffentlichung:2021
Veröffentlichende Institution:Fachhochschule Potsdam
Datum der Freischaltung:22.10.2021
Ausgabe / Heft:8
Aufsatznummer:244
Seitenzahl:11
Fachbereiche und Zentrale Einrichtungen:FB1 Sozial- und Bildungswissenschaften
DDC-Klassifikation:300 Sozialwissenschaften / 300 Sozialwissenschaften, Soziologie
Lizenz (Deutsch):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY - Namensnennung 4.0 International
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